Heating & Cooling Made Simple: A Guide to Packaged Units

CEO Khai Intela
Have you ever wondered how your home stays comfortable all year round? The answer lies in the efficient heating and cooling systems known as packaged units. In this guide, we will delve into the different...

Have you ever wondered how your home stays comfortable all year round? The answer lies in the efficient heating and cooling systems known as packaged units. In this guide, we will delve into the different types of packaged units and how they work to provide optimal comfort for your home.

Types of Packaged Units

Packaged units come in various configurations to suit different needs. Let's explore the main types:

Packaged Air Conditioners

A packaged air conditioner is a compact system that houses the compressor, coils, and air handler in a single-boxed cabinet. Not only does it keep you cool during hot summers, but it can also provide limited warmth using electrical strip heating.

Packaged Heat Pumps

A packaged heat pump utilizes heat pump technology to cool and heat your home. It offers both cooling and heating capabilities, making it a versatile choice for year-round comfort.

Packaged Gas-Electric

The packaged gas-electric unit combines an air conditioner with a gas-powered furnace. This powerful combination ensures efficient performance, providing both cooling and heating options.

Packaged Dual-Fuel

For the ultimate flexibility, the packaged dual-fuel system combines a heat pump with a gas furnace. This intelligent system optimizes the heating source based on the prevailing conditions, allowing you to enjoy reliable and consistent warmth.

How Each Packaged System Works

The operation of a packaged system is similar to its stand-alone counterparts, but with a slight difference in ducting. The duct work is attached to the system itself, rather than connecting to various components in your home.

Packaged System Air Conditioning Component

Let's take a closer look at how the air conditioning component functions:

  • The unit's internal components cycle the refrigerant, using electricity as its power source.
  • A fan pulls in warm air, which then passes over the cold evaporator coil, effectively cooling it down.
  • The cooled and dehumidified air is pushed through ducts, distributing it to various spaces within your home.

Heating Component in Packaged Systems

Depending on the type of packaged system, the heating component varies:

  • Packaged Air Conditioners: In addition to providing cooling, packaged air conditioners can produce limited heat using heat strip elements. This feature is commonly utilized in warmer climates where heating is only required occasionally.
  • Packaged Heat Pumps: These systems use the refrigeration cycle in reverse to transfer heat. The indoor coils are heated, and warm air is blown through the ductwork, raising the temperature in your home.
  • Packaged Gas-Electric: Gas furnaces are the heating component in packaged gas-electric systems. As cool air is pulled in, it passes over the hot heat exchanger, heating it. The warm air is then circulated throughout your home via the ductwork.
  • Packaged Dual-Fuel: With a dual-fuel system, you have the option of using either a heat pump or a gas furnace. The system intelligently determines whether it's more economical to use electricity or gas for heating, providing optimal efficiency.

Benefits of Packaged Units

Packaged units offer several advantages, making them a popular choice for homeowners:

  • Space Efficiency: Unlike split-system units, packaged units contain all components in one location, making them ideal for situations where space is limited.
  • Energy Efficiency: Goodman® brand packaged units offer high cooling performance, with 13 SEER or higher. They also deliver 80% AFUE heating performance, ensuring energy efficiency throughout the year.

Investing in a packaged unit is a smart choice for maintaining your home's comfort. These versatile systems provide efficient heating and cooling capabilities, ensuring a cozy atmosphere regardless of the weather.

cta-outline_packaged-system Image: A visual representation of a packaged unit system.

Now that you have a better understanding of packaged units, you can make an informed decision when it comes to your home's heating and cooling needs. Stay comfortable all year round with a reliable and efficient packaged unit.