Some homes have an air conditioning unit, while others have an air handler. This will depend on the type of HVAC system that is installed in your home and if you are unfamiliar with air handlers, the following information will help you decide whether or not this option would be suitable for you.
In order to make an informed decision, you must first understand the difference between an air handler and an air conditioner. Traditional HVAC systems consist of an air conditioner and furnace and the air conditioning unit is generally located outside of the home. This unit helps remove warm air from a home while cooling the air whenever it passes over the refrigerant coils. Air handlers, on the other hand, are usually located indoors and have to be used with a split-system air conditioner or heat pump. The air handler connects to the ductwork and the powerful blower moves air through the house whenever the handlers are used with a mini-split system.
A lot of people mistake air handlers for furnaces because they are similar in appearance, although this would be a mistake as each one has very different functions. They do look similar on the outside but are completely different units, so do not mix them up as this will cause headaches and confusion. A furnace generates heat by burning fuel like oil or gas and contains four main components, including the burner or combustion chamber, heat exchanger, blower and the flue that helps vent carbon monoxide gas to the outside. An air handler contains three components, including a filter, blower and coil. Refrigerants pass over the coil to either cool or heat the air and when it is used with a heat pump, they transfer heat from one area to another. Air handlers do not generate heat, which is a very big difference when comparing it to a furnace.
If you’re wondering which option is better, it will depend on your home. In order to come to the right answer, you will have to factor in the size of your home and property. A traditional packaged system in which the air conditioning unit is located outdoors might be better suited for smaller homes with limited indoor space, whereas homes with small backyards may prefer a mini-split system unit with an indoor air handler. There really is no right or wrong choice and it comes down to your home and your preference.
Inkster Heating & Cooling can provide you with more information regarding both options and we will help you make the best choice. We can discuss the advantages of each and will help you with your decision. Whether you need an air conditioner, furnace or ventilation, we do it all, so if you are in the Winnipeg area, give us a call now!