If your home or business is pinched for space, a packaged rooftop AC system might be just the thing. A packaged rooftop HVAC system includes the three major components of an AC system – (1) Condenser, (2) Compressor and (3) Air handler – all within a single steel cabinet. The cabinet sits on a slab or on a roof or landing and doesn’t encroach on the living area. What is a Packaged HVAC Unit | HVACDirect.com | Information Library
Before committing to a packaged unit, you should first understand your needs as if you were purchasing a traditional central air system. The principles are identical. The difference is in the way each system applies them. A Central Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide | Information Library
What is a packaged rooftop unit?
A packaged rooftop unit is a complete AC system in which all components are housed in the same heavy duty steel cabinet. The system does not encroach on the living area. It instead serves the area through ductwork.
How does a packaged unit work?
A packaged unit works in the same way as a central air system. Warm air is absorbed by coils containing pressurized refrigerant (which is hot, not cold). The air is exhausted to the outside and replaced by much colder air. The system does not produce cold air; it allows cold air to occupy the space previously occupied by warm air. This process can take place in components that reside inside, outside, or in the case of a packaged system, completely within the steel cabinet outside.
What’s the difference between a split system and a packaged unit?
The difference between a split system and a packaged unit is that the components of a split system are separated, with one part (condenser) residing outside and another part (air handler) residing inside. With a packaged unit, all components are housed in the same metal cabinet outside.
This is one time when thinking inside the box is preferable. Essentially, these units put the air conditioner and heater in the same box as the air handler. Typically, the air handler goes on the inside of the house while the condenser stays outside. But for various reasons - usually space limitations - it just makes better sense to keep it all together in a box cabinet. In addition to traditional houses, these units are perfect for mobile and manufactured homes.
This combination heating and air conditioning unit can be mounted on the roof, especially in the case of businesses with flat roofs. It can also be mounted on a slab at ground level. This is more often the best placement for private homes.
The components that go into a package unit are essentially the same as regular AC systems, and the type of components you get depends on your individual needs. For much of the country, a condenser/air handler/heat pump system is the ideal choice. But for those living in more northern climes, a condenser/air handler/gas furnace system might work better. Those living in the south can get by with a two-phase system that includes just the condenser and the air handler.
Some of our packages are dual fuel, meaning the furnace is gas-fueled, while everything else is electric, making for an extremely efficient heating and cooling system, letting you save on your monthly energy bills.
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