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Is a Packaged AC Unit Worth Considering?


Packaged air conditioning units are something you may not recognize when you first hear the term—but you are familiar with them, because they are the most common way to provide cooling to commercial spaces. When you see HVAC units located on the top of a building, you’re looking at packaged units.

When it comes to air conditioning in Surprise, AZ, most homes have split air conditioning units: an outdoor condenser which connects through a line set to an interior evaporator unit an air handler that sends cooled air into the ducts of the ventilation system. Packaged units put all the components (except the ductwork to the rooms) outside. The packaged AC contains the compressor, the condenser coil and evaporator coil, and fans in one cabinet, and it draws air from the house through one set of ducts and sends the cooled air back into the house through another set.

Homes Can Use Packaged ACs—But Should Yours?

When you’re considering installing a central air conditioner for your house, a packaged unit is one possibility. However, packaged air conditioning systems are suited for specific circumstances when they bring benefits. Let’s examine some of these benefits to see if you should consider a packaged unit:

  • Space-saving: One of the reasons packaged units are common for businesses is because they remove large equipment from the workspace and put it out of the way on real estate that isn’t otherwise getting used—the roof. If you have a house that doesn’t have enough space to hold the evaporator and air handler for a split system, such as a tiny house, then a packaged unit is a good option.
  • New home construction: It’s rare for an existing home to have a set-up that works for a packaged AC unit. Homes are usually designed to have split systems for their central air conditioning. However, if you are planning on building a new home, then a packaged unit becomes more appealing, allowing you to plan around an HVAC system that is mostly housed outside the building.
  • Quieter operation: Air conditioners can run quieter than ever, but the best way to keep the noise of an AC out of your house is to, well, have the AC outside your house! All the motors and fans for a packaged unit are installed outdoors, so you’ll hear almost nothing from the system except for the movement of air through the ducts.
  • Ease of service: When it’s time to repair or maintain a packaged air conditioning unit, it’s easy for the technicians to do the job since they can handle all the work from one place, which is outside the house. This is another reason commercial buildings use packaged HVAC units: no interruptions in the actual workspace.

Speak to Us About Your Air Conditioning Installation

At this point, you probably have a good idea if going with a packaged unit is possible or if you should stay with the familiar split system AC. We can help you make the final choice and then see that you have the ideal new system installed. We’re familiar with both split and packaged HVAC systems thanks to our nearly two decades of experience.

Cool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating serves the Phoenix Metropolitan area with the best in AC installations. Kick back and relax. We’ll keep you cool!

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