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How Your HVAC Unit May Change Depending on Where You Live

Updated: Sep 14, 2023

If you find yourself moving south from the north, for example, your HVAC unit is just one of the many differences you’ll notice as your traverse the country. Just like clothing, housing and lifestyles shift with movement to varying regions, so does your heating and cooling systems.


Chances are if you’re from the northeast, you’re used to using or at least well-versed in oil furnaces. Up to 30% of all NE homes still use oil furnaces dating back 50-60 years. As far as your air conditioning goes, you’re most likely used to seeing window units as they remain the most economical and easy way to retrofit the older homes with an AC unit. Be ready to see central air units at just about every home in the south as it is more economical and beneficial throughout those climates.


You’re coming from the land of frigid winters and sizzling summers so you’re most likely privy to the joys of propane and central air. If you’re moving south, be prepared to see less parkas and snowshoes and a bigger emphasis on central air conditioning and dehumidifying systems. The warmer the climate, the typically, more humid, as well. Particularly in Florida.


The wild west has typically relied on coastal airflow for cooling, even though climate changes have seen an increase in residential AC being installed to curtail the rising summer temps. And in the cooler winter months? You’re probably used to a range of everything from wood burning stoves to natural gas and more recently, high efficiently pellet burners. On your move, be prepared to witness the disappearance of wood stoves and cool coastal breezes and a movement toward air-source heat pumps and smart central air units.


Moving comes with a slew of acclimations, particularly when you’re moving from one region of the US to another, it’s always good to look into what’s ahead so you can be ready and unsurprised by the shift. If you find yourself relocating in the future, give ChillTech a call and we’d be happy to walk through what your new homes HVAC system may look and even schedule an inspection to help make your move a bit simpler.

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