An Overview of Packaged AC Units

The conventional air conditioner comprises several parts, such as the evaporator and condenser that you install in different places in your home. All the critical components of a packaged AC sits inside a single unit. Below is an overview of packaged AC units.

Installation and Operation

The best location for a packaged AC unit is outside the house. You can install the unit either on the ground or on the roof. If you opt for indoor installation, you also have to provide a venting system to get rid of the extracted heat out. Just like other conventional ACs, you need supply and return ducts for your packaged AC. The system receives warm, humid air, extracts heat and moisture and circulates the cool air inside your house. Some units even provide dual functions of heating and cooling.

The Benefits

Here are some of the reasons people opt for packaged AC systems:

  • Installation is easy, cheap, and fast because the installer only has one unit to deal with
  • They don't take up much space, which makes them suitable for properties with space constraints.
  • They are energy efficient because their motors don't have to pump refrigerant to different locations.
  • They don't break down easily and are easy to maintain.
  • You can install them in multiple areas (on the ground, roof, or even indoors).
  • They ran quietly (with outdoor installation).
  • Proper placement will keep the unit out of sight, so it doesn't affect curb appeal.
  • They tend to be modular, so upgrading or downgrading cooling capacity is a breeze.

Packaged ACs come in various sizes, just like other ACs. Talk to an AC technician to help you with the calculations for your cooling needs.

The Concerns

Packaged ACs have numerous benefits, but that doesn't mean they are the absolute best cooling systems. Here are some of the concerns you might have with packaged ACs:

  • They are not as efficient as split systems.
  • Installation outside the house exposes every part of the AC to the weather elements. This increases the risk of weather damage.

For many people, the benefits of packaged AC systems far outweigh the risks.

Don't assume that you always have to use conventional ACs, such as the split and window types. Whenever you want a cooling system, consult an HVAC company to walk you through the available types. That way, you will be able to select the best AC for your circumstances.


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