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What is a Fan Coil Unit?

A fan coil unit (FCU), or vertical fan coil-unit (VFC), is a device that uses a coil and fan to heat or cool a room without ductwork. Air moves over the coil and the coil heats or cools the air before returning it into the room.

What is the difference between a fan coil unit and an air handling unit?

Fan coil units are standalone systems that circulate the existing air in a space. They can also be part of a large HVAC system while air handling units (AHU) are a part of an HVAC system that cools and redistributes air into your home via ducts.

How much does it cost to replace a fan coil unit?

You’ll assume the cost of the new fan coil unit along with the installation costs. A new fan coil unit may range from $200-$1500 based on the brand of your unit and the size of the equipment. Professional installation, which is recommended for best results, will range from $700-$2700 depending on your region’s average pricing. Regular maintenance is required to ensure your fan coil unit is working efficiently for as long as possible before you’ll need to replace the unit.

Do fan coil units use refrigerant?

Yes. Fan coil units usually are made up of a fan and a heating or cooling element. Refrigerant is circulated through one or more fan coil units and is attached to an external heat exchanger. While the fan coil unit chills the air, it will cause condensation that will need to be collected and drained by the homeowner.

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