High Velocity HVAC Systems

Do you live in an older home in Chicago’s North Shore or Northwest suburbs heated with a boiler and radiators or baseboards? Or are you planning on building a home utilizing one of those heating solutions? If so, you may want to consider the benefits of a high-velocity cooling system.

Or suppose your home already has such a system. In that case, you may consider replacing it with a more modern design with new technology to make the system more efficient and environmentally friendly than your existing one. Continue reading to learn more about the advantages of hiring Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric to install a high-velocity cooling system in your home.

What Is a High Velocity HVAC System?

High-velocity HVAC systems are a lot like traditional systems in that they use a compressor to cool air and then distribute that air into different living areas. The biggest difference between high velocity and traditional HVAC systems is how the air is circulated.

How Does a High-Velocity HVAC System Work?

High-velocity systems distribute the air through tubes that are only two inches in diameter, compared to the much larger ductwork required with a standard HVAC system. Conditioned air is rapidly forced through these small tubes into targeted spaces to accelerate heating and cooling.

In addition to the smaller tubes, high-velocity systems utilize smaller vents – only about 3 inch diameter instead of the 6-by-12-inch vents used by traditional systems.

Benefits of High-Velocity HVAC Units

There are various benefits associated with having a high-velocity HVAC system installed in your home, including:

  • Easy installation
  • Accessibility
  • Efficient
  • Improved aesthetics
  • More environmentally friendly (when replacing an old system)

Easy installation

The flexible 2-inch diameter tubes and smaller air handlers used in a high-velocity HVAC system are easier to install than traditional ductwork.


Because the tubes take up so little room, that makes it easy to work in crawl spaces, closets, attics, and other hard-to-access spaces.


High-velocity HVAC systems are efficient with tight seals, insulated tubing, short travel distance from the air handler to the destination, and little surface area to allow energy to escape. These features will enable the system to run less while consistently maintaining desired climate control.

Improved aesthetics

High-velocity vents are small and easy to make “disappear,” allowing your natural décor scheme to flow uninterrupted.

Environmentally Friendly

If you have an older high-velocity HVAC system, it probably uses R-22 refrigerant (Freon). This is an outdated refrigerant that can be harmful to the environment. Newer systems use newer refrigerants that are environmentally friendly.

Contact Ravinia Plumbing Today

If you are a new homeowner considering a high-velocity system installation, or a homeowner wanting to upgrade your existing high-velocity system, reach out to the friendly and helpful team at Ravinia Plumbing. We have the experience, resources, and superior reputation needed to ensure professional results on every project. We are waiting to make your home safer, more comfortable, and more efficient.