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Question DetailsAsked on 11/21/2014

do you shut off the air handling unit in the winter and just use the furnace?

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Answered 5 years ago by DonChepe


What exactly do you mean by air handling unit? Air handling unit is a common name for a cooling system, with or wihout heating ability.

Do you have a separate ,ducted system for cooling, that is not connected to the furnace?

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Answered 5 years ago by BayAreaAC


BayAreaAC is on the right track as usual - some people call air conditioners "air handlers", some call A/C's that only if it has its own air ducts and blower, some call the central air blower unit that, some call whole-house circulation fans/systems that, and then there are also stand-alone air handlers for geothermal and hot water solar and heat pump systems ... - so it all depends on whether that "air handler" is only providing cool air from the A/C, or also serves either to circulate warm air (as with a central air conditioner system) or is kept active in winter because it is part of a heat pump or geothermal system, central air system, or whole-house environmental air quality and heat equialization system.

If you have an HVAC tech come to winterise your A/C (if separate) and to perform start-of-season service/cleaning on your furnace/boiler, have him explain what you have and what is seasonally used and what parts of your system are year-around.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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