York Hybrid Comfort System™
York Hybrid Comfort Systems offer the consumer the best of both worlds – a high efficiency heat pump for cooling and heating in moderate winter weather, combined with a high efficiency fossil fuel furnace for supplemental heating when required by outdoor temperature. You can combine the best features of many models of high efficiency heat pumps and furnaces, mixing and matching to design a Hybrid System that offers the best of fuel cost effectiveness, comfort enhancement, and individual customization. York Hybrid Comfort Systems are widely used in the homes of people who work in the HVAC industry – in fact, that's what the writer of this section has used for over 20 years to heat and cool my home. Your neighborhood York heating and cooling dealer can show you why Hybrid is Here to Stay!
Air Conditioning Units
Most residential air conditioning systems are composed of two components – the outdoor unit (or condensing unit), and the indoor unit (a furnace and indoor coil, or an air handling unit with an indoor coil as a part of it). The outdoor unit could be either a dedicated air-conditioner (cooling only), or a heat pump outdoor unit (capable of both cooling and heating, extracting heat from winter air). Whether or not you have a traditional air conditioning system or a heat pump system, the outdoor unit performance and efficiency depends on a properly matched indoor coil for design performance. Also important is the amount of air delivered by the air handler or furnace, and the type of motor used in order to achieve desired system efficiency. Your neighborhood York dealer can explain the different system efficiencies that are available to you, and recommend systems that feature enhanced comfort as well.
Your furnace can be the sole heating appliance that heats your home, or it can be an important part of a York Hybrid Comfort System that utilizes both a heat pump outdoor unit and the furnace to heat your home comfortably and efficiently while utilizing the fuel choice you select as most cost effective. York furnaces are available for both natural gas and propane fuels, as well as electric heat where no fossil fuels are available. High efficiency (95.5 AFUE and above) York furnaces use PVC vent pipe to vent low-temperature flue products to the outside, and modulating furnace technology is available to continuously optimize the output of the furnace to the heating requirement of your home. In addition to fuel choice and efficiency, York furnaces also allow you to select models that feature high efficiency electronically-commutated motors that feature quiet starting and stopping, and can continuously circulate air for comfort, filtration, and humidification at very low cost to you. Your neighborhood York dealer can help you select the furnace type, efficiency, and comfort advantages that are just right for your home.
York heat pumps offer the homeowner the chance to heat their home efficiently using electricity to extract useful heat even when it's cold outside. The heat pump is basically and air conditioning unit that works in reverse, harvesting heat from the outdoor air (even down to zero degrees!) and 'pumping' that heat indoors to heat the home. Since heating output does decline as the outdoor temperature drops, another form of heat is required to supplement the heat at very low outdoor air temperatures. This can be an electric heater, or; with a York Hybrid Comfort System a gas furnace can be used to do the job. Heat pumps are a very efficient way to heat and cool, an pairing them as a part of a Hybrid System gives the homeowner the most flexibility of home heating fuel choices to contend with uncertain future energy prices. Your neighborhood York dealer can show you all the details and help you decide which system is right for you.
While your air conditioning system works to both reduce space temperature and extract humidity from the air, there are certain installations that require supplemental dehumidification equipment. The best way to control humidity is by reducing the source. This includes surface water control, humidity separation by vapor barriers in construction membranes, air sealing, weatherstripping, caulking, etc. However, when some dehumidification is still required beyond the amount provided by the air conditioning system, a space dehumidifier can be a helpful addition. These can be ducted with the HVAC system to provide additional dehumidification for your space. Your York dealer can show you how this system could be added.
Proper space humidity level is an important concern for many homeowners. Dry winter conditions can cause indoor relative humidity levels to drop to unacceptable levels. Humidifiers can be added to most HVAC systems to add humidity to the airstream to increase humidity levels indoors. Your York dealer can show you a variety of humidifiers that can be a part of your system.
Filters and Air Cleaners
Air filtration is an important part of the HVAC system. Both to keep mechanical components like heat exchangers, fans, and motors clean, and to filter contaminants out of the air we all breathe. There are a wide variety of air cleaners available to you depending on the cleanliness, service interval, and cost limitations you have for your project. This field has made large advances in materials and designs in the past two decades, and cost effective, high efficiency systems are available to suit any budget.
Zone controls can be added to most residential and light commercial HVAC systems to break down the space into smaller areas of temperature controls. Utilizing a space thermostat for each zone to be controlled, working in tandem with an electronic control panel and duct mounted dampers, a zoning system can increase the comfort level by providing a system that responds to the space temperature in more than one place. A common application is a two-story home, where a thermostat would be mounted on both levels, dampers and control panel added, and individual temperature control now provided for both floors with just one heating and cooling system! Your neighborhood York dealer can show you how a zone control system can increase the comfort in your home.
Ventilation air for occupants is an important aspect of home design. While many homes depend on operable windows and natural infiltration to provide fresh air, many of today's tighter homes require a controlled amount of ventilation air. Heat Recovery Ventilators are available to provide fresh air to occupants, while exhausting a matching quantity of stale indoor air to the outside. In addition to providing ventilation, these units exchange heat between the two airstreams, reducing the energy cost of heating or cooling the outside air to indoor conditions. A Heat Recovery ventilator can be an important part of a new HVAC system for your home.
Traditionally, HVAC systems in North America have consisted of ducted systems, using sheet metal, fiberglass, or flexible ductwork to convey the return air from the occupied and conditioned living space to the heating and cooling equipment, then more ductwork to take the heated or cooled supply air back to the occupied space. While this system works well, the ductwork requires energy and money to fabricate and install, and the system requires additional fan horsepower to overcome the resistance to supply and return airflow imparted by the duct system.
Many business owners and homeowners have recently discovered the alternative system that is very popular in the rest of the world; a ductless system. These systems utilize an indoor unit that can either be mounted in the conditioned space, or in very close proximity to the conditioned space, and a thin outdoor unit that requires little space. Ductless systems provide control of individual spaces, are very quiet, provide excellent humidity control, and operate at some of the best efficiencies in the industry. Recently, these systems have become more popular due to their ability to actively adapt their capacity to the required space heating or cooling demand. These ‘inverter equipped’ ductless systems, operate with even higher efficiency, operate at very low sound levels, and come equipped with several interesting additional features (depending on model) like occupancy sensors, setback control, wireless remote, remote temperature sensing, and more.