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 componentscompressor, 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