What is a Packaged Unit?

Jun 28, 2019

A packaged unit is a type of air conditioning system in which all parts are contained in one convenient location! Typically, your standard AC system has one outdoor unit, and one indoor unit. The indoor unit may be an air handler, or a furnace. Often, you will see a packaged unit used for heating and cooling mobile homes.

Carrier Comfort Packaged Unit - Heat Pump System
Carrier Packaged Unit

Are Packaged Units A Better Option?

This really depends on who you ask. Packaged units are great for buildings with limited indoor space, for instance. Every main component of your AC system is contained in one outdoor unit. This means you save space inside! Packaged units are also typically less sophisticated and less expensive. Because it is one piece, it takes AC companies less time to install!

Types of Packaged Units

Just like central AC systems, there are a variety of different types of packaged systems. In Ocala and Dunnellon, we typically see straight-cool or heat-pump systems.

Packaged Air Conditioner

All of the components of the AC system are located in one outdoor unit. This unit is ideal for someone who wants an all-electric system.

Packaged Dual-Fuel

This unit contains a heat pump that is capable of heating and cooling using a gas furnace. This unit is good for someone wanting an efficient unit in cold temperatures.

Packaged Heat Pumps

A packaged heat pump controls the temperature of your home by using heat pump technology. This type of unit is good for efficiency. Heat pumps are commonly used in Florida because we don’t need much heating capacity!

Packaged Gas-Electric

This unit combines a gas-powered furnace with an electric air conditioner. This is great for those who want gas heating power.

Central Air Vs. Packaged Air

Central air conditioning has two separate main components. The condenser/compressor, located outside, and a furnace or air handler, located inside.

Packaged air conditioning combines these main components into one functional unit located outside. As a result, everything used to heat and cool your home is located outside, freeing up space indoors.

How to tell if your home is using a packaged unit:

  • You don’t see any indoor components
  • The outdoor unit is larger than a typical outdoor unit
  • You see large rectangular or circular ductwork connecting the unit to your home

Is a Packaged Unit Right For Me?

The answer to this question depends on your specific wants or needs. A packaged unit proves to have many benefits, but this doesn’t discredit other air conditioning systems. It is best to do plenty of research and speak with your trusted AC company before making the decision. Our team at Coast to Coast is always ready and willing to answer any questions you may have. We specialize in all air conditioning installations for both residential and commercial applications. You can give us a call at (352) 229-6221 or click here to submit an online contact request! We look forward to assisting you!

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