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02-07-2005, 02:31 AM
Which is more efficient in a residential home? two 2 ton split units or one 4 ton unit? If you were to keep the temperature in both zones the same. Just wondering. What are the pros and cons of two versus one unit.
02-07-2005, 04:00 AM
2 units= likelyhood of not 2 broken at same time, usually cost more up front; can operate independent of each other. 2 cost more for regular maintenance -- 2 should match loads better, say one for bdrm, one for else --
more efficient to have unit running full load.
02-07-2005, 08:34 AM
Also considder the SEER ratings of 2 through 3.5 ton systems tend to be much higher than with 4 and 5 ton systems of a similar product line.
Its going to cost more for 2- up front but thats the way I would go. Even tho your keeping it the same temperature the heat gain and loss is going to be differant from one part of the house to another so with 2 units it will be a little more even. Also depends on a little of how you divide it up with 2- units, up & down or split in half. Not sure what style house it is? I unit costs less.
[Edited by dec on 02-07-2005 at 12:47 PM]
02-07-2005, 12:57 PM
2 heads are better than 1
Based on the original question
2 2-ton units are supposed to have the same efficiency as 1 4-ton unit.
You would get 2 units for other reasons than efficiency
02-07-2005, 01:50 PM
Thats right, 48,000 btuh's produced at X SEER either by 2 units or one should be the same assuming the SEER rating is a system rating and not a coil only rating.
That of course has nothing to do with comfort, control, installation costs or repairs.
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