Packaged Unit Installation
Packaged units are just like the name suggests – they are self-contained heating and cooling systems that “package” all of their components in a single casing. If you were to open up a packaged unit you’d find an expansion valve, condenser coil, compressor and other accessories, all designed to provide an all-in-one solution for your heating and air conditioning needs.
When deciding whether a packaged unit is the right fit for your home, take into consideration the many benefits that these systems offer. First and foremost, they are excellent at heating and cooling large areas in a home, so they’re a great choice if you’re looking to control the temperature in more than one room
Secondly, because everything is contained within a single box, packaged units are effective at saving space outside of your home (packaged units are typically based outside of the house). Perhaps one of the best reasons for choosing a packaged unit is that they are very energy-efficient and feature high SEER ratings, AFUE ratings and HSPF ratings. This efficiency translates into serious savings, keeping both your home and wallet more comfortable!
Types of Packaged Units
- Packaged Gas Furnaces & Air Conditioners
Gas Package Units, or Gas Packs as they are commonly called, are “all in one” type units that combine the gas heat furnace and electric air conditioner, into a single compact unit that resides 100% outside the home, or in some instances, on rooftops! Aside from your thermostat, the ductwork in the central HVAC system is the only other portion of the system installed inside the home.
- Packaged Heat Pumps
A packaged heat pump has all components (compressor, blower and heat exchanger, etc.) in one cabinet. It’s usually installed on the roof. It cools and heats by using a reversing valve. This device is used to reverse the direction of the refrigerant flow, depending upon whether heating or cooling is desired.
- Packaged Air Conditioners
As the name implies, a packaged air conditioner has all major components enclosed in a single housing, much like a window air conditioner. This allows the compressor, cooling coil, air handling unit and the air filter, all to be housed in one single case, or package. The entire unit is pre-assembled at the factory.
Packaged Unit Considerations
Aside from your heating and cooling efficiency levels, there are a few other considerations when choosing a replacement or new gas package unit. Gas Packs use Natural Gas for the heat source, but can be converted to accept liquid propane (LP Gas) just like most gas furnaces. If you do not have gas in your area and need an LP kit, check to be sure they are available. Some units require a simple valve modification kit, others require a new gas valve completely.
There are also installation options with package units. If you plan or need to mount your unit on a roof or platform, you may need to get a system that is whats referred to as convertible. This means the air duct connections are not only on the side, but also on the bottom of the unit to allow for roof mounting onto a roof curb. The curb and the unit MUST match and if you need a convertible unit, it is best to buy the curb kit at the same time you get the package unit.
Installation of Your New Packaged Unit
Is your home the ideal place for a packaged unit? Maybe so. Let the experts at Acosta Heating & Cooling let you know. We’ll send an experienced technician over to your house to assess your current HVAC system and talk to you about your individual heating and air conditioning needs. Whatever those needs are, we’ll surely be able to help you keep the temperature in your home the way you like while still saving you some cash.