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How effective are combination heating and air conditioning units?

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Combination heating and air conditioning units are cost-effective as concerns energy, labor and maintenance compared to split units, but they are not as effective as the alternative in maintaining appropriate energy levels in homes. Combination heating and air conditioning units tend to lose energy, thus driving up bills.

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Heating and air conditioning units use energy such as electricity to manage the temperature of a room or home. These units have poor seasonal energy efficiency ratios, which range from 10 to 18. The U.S. Department of Energy allows a minimum SEER of 13. Heating and air conditioning systems with SEER ratings below 13 are costly and undermine the quest for environment-friendly energy consumption.

Combination heating and air conditioning units, however, occupy less space than split systems, are easy to install, and require simple maintenance procedures. These units have all the components in one place and take up a small area. Combination heating and air conditioning units are also cost-effective because they require one-off installations. In contrast, split units require separate installations for each unit. Maintaining combination heating and air conditioning units is easy as all the components are located in a one place.

While split heating and air conditioning units are more energy-efficient, some combination heating and air conditioning units perform better in this aspect. Variations among brands affect the effectiveness of combination heating and air conditioning units.

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