Packaged units are self-contained systems that are typically located outside a home.
Usually they are mounted on the ground or roof and ducted into the house itself. Often used for cooling or heating more than one room (or a single larger area), packaged units receive their name due to the fact they house all of their components—compressor, condenser, expansion valve, etc. – in a single box.
There are several types of packaged units available, including:
- Packaged air conditioners
- Packaged gas furnaces and air conditioners
- Packaged heat pumps
- Packaged hybrid heat units
What are some of the benefits of packaged units?
- Packaged units are high powered and can easily (and efficiently) heat or cool multiple rooms or larger spaces
- Being self-contained, the units typically take up less space and are easier to repair because all of the components are contained within a single housing
- They contain components and technology designed to minimize energy usage, thereby enhancing cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency
- Like standalone furnaces, air conditioners and heat pumps, packaged units carry Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ration (SEER), Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) and Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) ratings; the higher the rating, the more energy efficient the unit is, making it even easier for the homeowner to determine the potential cost-effectiveness of each unit