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Depending on the type of HVAC system that’s installed in your home, you will either have an air handler or air conditioning unit. Here’s what you need to know about air handlers to decide if it is a better option for your Naples, Florida, home.

The Difference Between an Air Handler and Air Conditioner

Traditionally packaged HVAC systems consist of an air conditioner and a furnace, with the air conditioner unit located outside of the home. Air conditioners remove warm air from the house and cool the air when it passes over the refrigerant coils.

Air handlers are usually located indoors and are used with a split-system air conditioner or heat pump. When used with a mini-split system, the air handler connects to the ductwork and the powerful blower moves air through the house.

Don’t Mistake an Air Handler For a Furnace

An air handler is similar in appearance to a furnace, and many people mistake one for the other. While they may look alike on the outside, they function very differently.

A furnace generates heat by burning fuel like oil or gas. They contain four main components: the burner or combustion chamber, heat exchanger, blower, and the flue that vents carbon monoxide gas to the outside.

An air handler contains a filter, blower and coil. With an air handler, refrigerant passes over the coil to either cool or heat the air. When used with a heat pump, they transfer heat from one area to another — they do not generate heat.

Is An Air Handler a Better Choice?

The answer depends on your home. For small homes with limited indoor space, it is better to have a traditional packaged system with the air conditioning unit located outside. If, on the other hand, you have a small backyard, a mini-split system unit with an indoor air handler is best.

At Certified Heating & Cooling Inc. we install both packaged HVAC systems and split-system units. If you need to replace your air conditioning system, call us at (239) 204-4114 to discuss options.

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