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Should I Install Central AC, Ductless Cooling, or a Heat Pump?

Looking for the best cooling option for your West Chester home? If so, you’ve actually got a lot to choose from—a fact that can both be boon and bane in one. But if you came to the experts at Signature HVAC for a little guidance on the matter, then you came to the right place! Today we’re going to briefly cover central air conditioning, ductless cooling, and heat pumps in order to help you narrow down your options a bit.

Looking for more insight on the matter of cooling installation? Contact the certified HVAC professionals at Signature today!

Choosing Your Best Cooling Option

And we’re putting an emphasis on your best option. The good news is that not a one of these is a poor choice. All three offer reliable, effective cooling in our area, and all three are used on a consistent basis all throughout West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Central Cooling Systems

Central cooling is kind of the “standard” for home air conditioning. It’s a strong, reliable electric cooling system that features an outdoor unit connected to a single evaporator in your home that works by way of ducts.

The Good

  • Central cooling is extremely powerful and unshakable in its service.
  • The initial cost of purchase and installation is the lowest of the three.

The Less Good

  • Central AC has the shortest lifespan of the three; typically 10 to 15 years.
  • Central cooling is the least efficient, even with high efficiency central systems.

Ductless Cooling Systems

Ductless systems make use of an outdoor unit connected to multiple indoor units. The resulting system is called zoning and offers up a bunch of unique benefits. If you’re unfamiliar with ductless systems and how they work, check out our piece on ductless heating; it’s the same principle.

The Good

  • Zoning offers benefits both in higher efficiency and more precision comfort.
  • Double filtration systems help to improve home air quality.
  • Ductless systems offer versatility and saved cost of duct installation.

The Less Good

  • Ductless demands a higher upfront cost than the other options.
  • Some folks don’t like the look of the wall-mounted indoor units.

Heat Pumps

Heat pump systems, both geothermal and air-source, make use of static thermal energy in order to provide cooling to your home. They also serve as heating systems, providing you with a year-round solution for your West Chester home.

The Good

  • Heat pumps boast the highest efficiency by a mile; especially in the case of geothermal heat pumps.
  • A higher efficiency system means lower cooling costs.
  • A heat pump has longest lifespan of the three; typically 15 years or more.
  • Heat pumps can be used for both heating and cooling.

The Less Good

  • In temperature extremes a heat pump may struggle a wee bit, though we encounter little issue in our area.
  • Heat pumps can be a touch loud during operation.

Signature HVAC: Helping You Make the Right Choice in Pennsylvania

As you can see, even in brief there’s a lot to consider between these three systems. That’s why working with certified, licensed, and trusted HVAC professionals is your best bet to picking your ideal system! Give us a call or contact us online today to get the ball rolling—we won’t rest until you’re totally satisfied!

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"I highly recommend Signature for HVAC service. The entires experience with Signature has been exceptional. The process was very customer focused starting from Scott McHale's engagement to organize the project to replace our old A/C, to an professional job John & Matt had done in installation, and Bob Seeger'r post installation service to troubleshoot the air flow damper, great job."

-Hosum Li

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-Debbie Kaba

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"Bob Seeger was our technician this time around. His level of professionalism was exceptional - it really stood out! Overall we are very happy that we switched to Signature several years ago!"

-Mark Kenney

"The Signature techs who come out to our house are always top-notch professionals. Very courteous, careful, and thorough. They always provide great explanations of the work that they are doing. I never feel like I am being pressured into unnecessary work or equipment replacement (like I used to feel with Service Experts). Today, Wade was the tech who came out. He was here exactly on time at 8am, and was done within an hour. Great work and another great service experience from Signature! Update 9/27/2016 - Today Bob Seeger came out to service our system in preparation for the winter. I was extremely impressed by his professionalism and courtesy. Before he started, we sat down and he clearly explained what he would be doing as part of the maintenance, and we agreed upon the need to replace the filter on the main unit, and also to perform humidifier maintenance as part of the work. After the work was complete he made recommendations for overall system enhancements that we should consider. Signature really has top-notch people working for them, and I continue to be extremely happy that we switched over to them several years ago."

-Mark Kenney

"Bob Seeger was our person to service our furnace and water heater. He showed me a problem with our water heater that could have been a major problem. He was very honest, great and so efficient! He fixed the problem. I am kind of hoping he will be the one to work with in the spring."

-Debbie Kaba

"Always feel confident with the work performed by Danny from Signature."

-William Stolting

"Bob was quite knowledgeable of the type of geothermal system that I have in my house. Before completing the annual maintenance/tune-up that I had requested, he asked relevant questions about my geothermal system (e.g., date of installation, last service, temperature preference, electric usage, etc.). After inspecting and servicing my system, Bob explain service that my system needed now and recommendations that would benefit my system. He explained the options in a non-pressured approach, as well as, the benefit in joining Signature HVAC's service plan which was helpful. Throughout the service visit, Bob was courteous, friendly and respectful. My wife and I were very satisfied and we plan to continue to use Signature HVAC in the future."

-John Schmitt

"Bob did an excellent job. He showed up on time, was courteous, and respectful. I recommend using Bob S from Signature Heating and Air-conditioning."

-Dennis Carlson

"Great service as always. Always prompt and knowledgeable."

-Adam Lusk

"Bob was very professional and informative on the heating & air condition job at my house. He is a very nice and caring person! Thank you!"

-Colleen Esgro

"Your whole team is outstanding."

-John price

"Daniel Cross (Signature) completed a thorough and quick fall service on my heating systems. What I liked best about Danny is that he spoke to me as a knowledgeable customer rather than treating me like a clueless homeowner. So refreshing to be treated with respect by an HVAC provider! He had an opportunity to "upsell" me on a service, but was honest and told me that it wasn't valuable in my situation. I would certainly trust him to service my equipment again, and would definitely recommend him to a friend."

-Susan Wentz

"Thanks again for walking me through the process and pointing out what was going on in my system. Mold be gone! Professional and friendly service. Thanks for your help."

-Mia Bosna

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-John price

"We have a by-annual cleaning/tune-up contract with Signature for care and maintenance of our heater/air conditioning units. We have found this company to be excellent in their service and their very knowledgeable , friendly technicians. We highly recommend ."

-Ric DeAngelis

"We are very pleased with Signature and their very knowledgeable Technicians. We will be continuing our By-Annual service/tune-up with them...."

-Ric DeAngelis

"I have used Signature for about 10 years now. They provide excellent service. Bob Seeger was my most recent technician and he was on time, polite, informative, and technically proficient. I highly recommend signature for your HVAC needs. I have geothermal, and they are excellent at this technology."

-Charlie Phillips

"Mike B came out for the biannual check of the upstairs system--we had replaced the downstairs system in June---we are very satisfied. Mike was thorough, very professional, answered all my (sometimes inane) questions and kept the house clean. Good job Mike and thanks."

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