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In the air conditioning, furnace repair and installation industry, “forced air” and “central air” refer to the primary method HVAC systems use to distribute cool or warm air. As the name suggests, forced air systems force air through a duct network to regulate the temperature throughout the entire building. Central air systems also use ducts to do this; however, their method of cooling or heating this air is a little different.

Some people might view a central air conditioning system as part of a bigger forced air system. While this is technically correct, central air heating and cooling can also stand alone. Here our HVAC experts at Econoair Heating & Cooling Inc. explain what these two systems are and how they can benefit your home.

Residential Use

When it comes to cooling and furnace installation jobs, most American homeowners prefer to use forced air systems. This is because, when you’re covering a large area, a centralized heating or air conditioning system with forced air distribution is the most cost effective. These systems are designed to maintain uniform temperature levels across multiple rooms while using the least amount of energy possible

Energy Efficiency

Forced air systems can use either fuel or electricity to provide heat to a home. Air conditioners solely use electricity. When in cooling mode, refrigerant is circulated inside several condenser coils. Air is then blown over these coils, cooling them before they’re distributed throughout your home. Energy use may vary from one unit to the next, and it’s important to choose the correct size and capacity to avoid an excessive use of power.

Maintenance Needs

Both systems require regular maintenance and prompt heating and AC repair to address issues. This can extend their effective service life and save you more money in the long run. Additionally, proper maintenance can also improve their efficiency, reducing your utility bills even further.

At Econoair Heating & Cooling Inc., we’re your leading provider of forced air and central air HVAC systems. Give us a call at 905-763-2400 or fill out our contact form and request a free estimate on new installations today.

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Bruce Pou