HVAC Basics

What you need to know about how your heating and air conditioning unit operates

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HEAT PUMP/AIR HANDLER MATCHED SYSTEMS

Common in the South and warm, humid areas, a heat pump and air handler system is one of the many options for a matched system.

HEAT PUMP AND AIR HANDLER MATCHED SYSTEM

Regions: Southeast and the Carolinas

 

 Heat Pump – Unlike a furnace, a heat pump doesn't burn fuel to make heat. It simply uses electricity to move heat from one place to another. A heat pump is an energy efficient way to cool your home in the summer and heat it in the winter.

 Air Handler – Matched in capacity and efficiency rating with the heat pump, air handlers circulate conditioned air throughout your home. An air handler contains an inside coil and a blower fan, with the additional possibility of an auxiliary electric strip heater. Trane air handlers are available with single, multi or variable-speed motors. Variable-speed models are known for soft starts, high humidity control features and 12 selectable levels of airflow capacity, as well as the enhanced comfort mode, the Comfort-R™ airflow system.

 Air Cleaner – An integral part of a home comfort system, filtering dust and pollutants out of the air you breathe, and keeping your rugs and home furnishings cleaner as well. Reduced pollen, dust, pet dander, smoke, etc., could help reduce allergy and asthma discomfort. A Trane CleanEffects™ air filtration system is up to 99.98% effective.

 Thermostat – The control center for your home comfort system. Trane's digital, programmable thermostats give you precise temperature control and allow you to program your heating and cooling requirements depending upon your daily activities and schedule.

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AIR CONDITIONER/FURNACE MATCHED SYSTEMS

Used in many regions, an air conditioner and furnace system is one of the many options for a matched system.

AIR CONDITIONER AND FURNACE MATCHED SYSTEM

Regions: Northeast, Midwest, Northeast and South

 

 Air Conditioner – Connected to the inside cooling coil, the compressor pumps refrigerant back and forth, extracting heat and moisture from the indoors. It transfers the heat to the outdoors. Warm indoor air is blown over the indoor cooling coil, where it is cooled and then distributed throughout your home.

Indoor Cooling Coil – To deliver the highest system efficiency, performance and climate control, an indoor cooling coil must be matched in size and rated with your air conditioner. Use a Trane coil with your Trane system for optimum reliability.

 Furnace – Trane furnaces are uniquely designed to provide maximum heat with minimum fuel usage. And they think for themselves. Key furnace control functions are integrated into one microelectronic system that monitors the thermostat and gas valve, ensuring precise temperature control.

 Air Cleaner – An integral part of a home comfort system, filtering dust and pollutants out of the air you breathe, and keeping your rugs and home furnishings cleaner as well. Reduced pollen, dust, pet dander, smoke, etc., could help reduce allergy and asthma discomfort. A Trane CleanEffects™ air filtration system is up to 99.98% effective.

 Humidifier – By providing the right amount of moisture and preventing dry air conditions, a humidifier can help alleviate allergy symptoms and dry skin, and also reduce static electricity.

 Thermostat – The control center for your home comfort system. Trane's digital, programmable thermostats give you precise temperature control and allow you to program your heating and cooling requirements depending upon your daily activities and schedule.

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ABOUT GEOTHERMAL

Geothermal systems circulate fluid through the earth and through a coil that absorbs or dissipates heat depending on the season.

Simply put, a geothermal system doesn’t heat or cool your home by burning fossil fuels or using electricity in the ways you’re used to. Instead, it uses electricity to access the near-constant temperatures found deep in the earth. Geothermal works on a very simple principle: no matter what the air temperature is outside, under the surface of the earth, the temperature remains constant. Which means that during the summer, the earth is cooler than the outside air, and during the winter, the earth is warmer than the outside air.

 

HOW IT WORKS

A geothermal system works like a heat pump, only on a much larger scale. In cold weather, your home is warmed by heat brought in from the earth. During warm weather, your home is cooled by the movement of heat from your home back into the earth. There are four types of geothermal configurations available: Open Loop, Pond Loop, Horizontal Loop and Vertical Loop. Your Trane dealer will help determine which installation works best for your needs.

 

Open Loop – Uses existing groundwater as a heat transfer medium.

Pond Loop – Uses the water in a nearby lake or pond to absorb or gather heat.

Horizontal Loop – When plenty of space is available, the heat transfer tubes are not as deep, and extend out rather than down.

Vertical Loop – When space is limited, the heat transfer tubes are sunk straight down into the earth.

WHY GEOTHERMAL MAKES SENSE

The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized geothermal systems as one of the most efficient ways to heat and cool your home. Why is this important? You may not realize it, but well over 50 percent of your home energy bill goes towards heating and cooling. Which just goes to show that a geothermal system gives you a significant opportunity for savings. In fact, a typical geothermal system operates with such efficiency that it can return up to four dollars of heat for every dollar spent on electricity. Geothermal systems can also be configured to reduce your need for energy to heat the water you use for bathing, laundry and washing dishes. Because it uses the constant temperature of the earth, geothermal is a sustainable, renewable energy source that not only won’t run out, it remains efficient year after year in every kind of weather.

 

THE BENEFITS OF A TRANE EARTHWISE™ GEOTHERMAL SYSTEM

Efficiency – Returning up to four dollars of heat for every one dollar of electricity used.

Environmental friendliness – Using renewable heat from deep inside the earth, a virtually limitless supply of energy.

Comfort – Providing consistent, even temperatures every day of the year.

Reliability – Built with quality materials and true craftsmanship, and backed with robust warranties.

Flexibility – Four different configurations allow Trane EarthWise™ Geothermal Systems to adapt to any region, in any home.

SAVINGS AND TAX CREDITS

Not only will your Trane EarthWise™ Geothermal System increase the efficiency of your home heating and cooling every month, thereby lowering your energy costs, it may also qualify you for a 30% tax credit* through 2016. Local incentives and rebates may be available as well. See your local Trane dealer for details. * Tax credit is subject to IRS regulations. Consult a tax professional for advice on tax preparation.

 

TRANE ENVIROWISE™ GEOTHERMAL SYSTEM

It is a Heat Pump System that taps into the Earth’s free energy year round to provide efficient, environmentally friendly, and cost effective heating and cooling for your home or business.

 

WHY A TRANE ENVIROWISE™ GEOTHERMAL SYSTEM IS RIGHT FOR YOUR HOME.

Efficiency, because Trane EnviroWise™ Geothermal Systems can return up to four dollars of heat for every one dollar of electricity used.

Environmental friendliness, because Trane EnviroWise™ Geothermal Systems use renewable heat from deep inside the earth, a virtually limitless supply of energy.

Comfort, because Trane EnviroWise™ Geothermal Systems provide consistent, even temperatures every day of the year.

Reliability, because Trane EnviroWise™ Geothermal Systems are built with quality materials and true craftsmanship, and backed with robust warranties.

Flexibility, because three different configurations allow Trane EnviroWise™ Geothermal Systems to adapt too any region, in any home.

 

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