What is a High-Velocity HVAC System?
How a High-Velocity System Works
In principle, a high-velocity HVAC system works in just the same way as the traditional HVAC systems. A compressor or heat pump located outside your Twin Peaks, MN home supplies the cool or heated air, which then moves through a system of ducts to every room in your home.
However, that is just about all there is for the similarities between high-velocity systems and the traditional HVAC systems. High-velocity air conditioning systems rely on smaller tubing to deliver conditioned air to all parts of a home. This tubing is flexible and is approximately 2-inches wide and has a vent that is 5-inches in diameter. In comparison, traditional ductwork is much wider and has vents.
The high-velocity air handler pumps the cool or hot air under high pressure to the vents. Because of the high pressure at which the conditioned air travels, it can circulate a room a lot faster than the air from a traditional HVAC system. Ultimately, you can cool or heat your home much faster if you have a high-velocity HVAC system.
High-Velocity HVAC Systems for New Construction and Retrofits
Air conditioning replacement MN professionals assert that high-velocity HVAC systems are not only ideal for new construction; they are also great for retrofitting into an existing home.
In new construction, it is very easy to integrate the high-velocity system into the home’s design. Similarly, the smaller and flexible tubing of high-velocity air conditioning makes these systems a breeze to retrofit into your existing home. Obstacles, such as studs in walls, can be worked around since the tubing can bend around those existing elements in the wall or floor.
These attributes make installing high-velocity HVAC systems affordable, as your air conditioning St. Paul technician will tell you.
The Advantages of a High-Velocity HVAC System
Easy installation. As already mentioned, a high-velocity system is easy to install since the small and flexible tubing can be maneuvered around obstacles. This ease of installation means less disruption of your home (no dismantling walls and ceilings, for example), and it is much cheaper to install than replacing the ducts and vents.
Better aesthetics. The smaller vents of high-velocity HVAC systems are less noticeable, and they can be tucked away out of sight. Many St. Paul homeowners prefer high-velocity HVAC systems for this reason.
Lower operating costs. Since the high-velocity heating and air conditioning typically warms or cools your Twin Peaks home a lot faster than other systems, it runs for a shorter amount of time. Our friends at Gilmore Heating and Air, an AC company in Placerville, agree that high-velocity systems use less energy and reduce your overall energy costs.
One unit is sufficient for a home. If you have been relying on multiple wall-mounted AC units to cool or heat your home, you will be pleased to learn that just one high-velocity unit can get the job done.
Potential Drawbacks of High-Velocity HVAC Systems
Installation could be time-consuming. We mentioned that our St. Paul, MN HVAC technicians can install a high-velocity system without tearing down the drywall, but that also means that the installers would be working “blind” since they have no way of knowing what’s behind the walls. Unexpected obstacles can slow down the installation process, but luckily, the tubing flexibility means that no obstacle will be substantial enough to derail the installation process.
Some systems are noisier than others. If you don’t work with an experienced professional from McQuillan Bros when selecting a high-velocity air conditioning system, you could end up with a unit that emits a lot more noise than your old AC unit. We ensure that we select models with noise-attenuation features so that your home is as quiet as you want it while the AC is running.
As you can see, the benefits of high-velocity air conditioning systems greatly outweigh the drawbacks. However, since each home is different, it is best to talk to one of our experts at McQuillan Bros to assess your specific needs and recommend the best course of action. Contact us today to learn more about our high-velocity HVAC system for your home!