Modern HVAC systems are becoming more and more energy-efficient, and you can choose a heating and cooling system that uses advanced, environmentally-friendly technology. These new types of systems are usually more expensive at first, but they’ll pay for themselves over time through lower utility bills. Here are some of the most popular new HVAC technologies for your Jupiter, Florida, home.

Programmable Thermostats

You can set a programmable thermostat based on when you wake up, or according to whether you are asleep or at home. These energy-saving settings should also be applied for periods of eight hours or more.

With many models, you can control multiple areas or zones, so you never have to waste energy conditioning an unoccupied room. Zoning is also a great way to make places that are usually too warm or cold more comfortable.

Many programmable thermostats can also connect wirelessly to your computer, tablet, or smartphone. They can even remind you to change your air filter or monitor your indoor air quality and humidity. User-friendly touchscreens make them easier to use than standard thermostats.

Advanced Fresh Air Systems

Advanced fresh air systems, also called whole-house ventilation systems, lower the concentration of contaminants like mold spores, dust, dirt, pet dander, and pollen in your home. They provide ventilation without wasting energy and use a filter to remove pollutants that come from outside. Many states require advanced fresh air systems in new homes.

These systems have two small fans placed next to each other. One fan pumps fresh air into your home, and the second pumps the same amount of stale air out. As the air streams pass each other, heat exchangers move energy from one to the other, heating or cooling the fresh air like a heat pump. This is more efficient than generating heat from scratch. They can also remove moisture to lower your indoor humidity.

Ductless HVAC Systems

Ductless HVAC systems, also called mini-split or multi-split systems, have an outdoor unit and one or more indoor units linked by a conduit that’s only about three inches wide. Since there’s no ductwork, you’ll never have to worry about leaks in your ducts or pollutants that accumulate there over time. A ductless system leaves you with more room in your attic and throughout your home, saves energy, and does more to improve indoor air quality. It’s also much quieter than a traditional system.

The indoor units make zoning with a programmable thermostat easy and some systems even come with remote controls. They are also easy to install which translates to lower costs when compared with a standard system. You can place the outdoor unit up to 50 feet away from the indoor units.

Variable-Speed Systems

Variable-speed HVAC systems can automatically run hotter or colder, increase or decrease airflow, based on your needs. Standard systems simply turn on until the temperature matches the setting on your thermostat. The added features that come with a variable-speed system save energy and make your home more comfortable.

Dual-Fuel Heat Pumps

Conventional heat pumps are inefficient when temperatures are near freezing, so upgrading to a dual-fuel or hybrid heat pump can be more beneficial. A hybrid heat pump incorporates the furnace for added heat during the colder months. However, these systems are ideal in regions with a moderate climate and in warmer seasons, the heat pump part can heat or cool your home for less.

With most hybrid systems, you can also switch between fuel sources manually, so you won’t have to use a furnace when natural gas is more expensive. You can even get tax credits and rebates for installing a dual-fuel heat pump.

Preferred Air Conditioning & Mechanical, Inc. has more than 25 years of experience installing, repairing, and maintaining HVAC systems. We are a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, and we are familiar with the newest technology. Call us at (772) 905-3358 in Fort Pierce for a free estimate on a replacement HVAC system.

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