When shopping for a replacement HVAC unit, one of the first things homeowners must decide on is what type of system to buy. Although the easy approach is to stick to the same type of system already in your home, the Minnick’s team encourages you to educate yourself on the differences between each major type of HVAC system so that you can make the best-informed decision for your home. With the average replacement cost for an HVAC system ranging between $7,500 – $15,000, you’ll thank yourself for taking the time to get knowledgeable about such an important investment for your home.
There are three main types of HVAC systems that are used in residential homes; Split, Ductless, and Packaged. Although each type of HVAC system has its own pros and cons, this article will discuss the five main benefits of owning a packaged HVAC unit. But first, let’s get clear on what a packaged HVAC unit is.
What Is A Packaged HVAC Unit?
Unlike the traditional split system where there’s both an indoor and outdoor unit. A packaged HVAC unit is an HVAC system that houses both the heating and cooling components inside the same enclosure. Packaged units are usually installed outside on the roof or on the side of your home.
Benefit #1: Packaged Units Save You Space Inside Your Home
Do you live in a small home with little square footage? When it comes to installing HVAC systems in your home, most of the time you need to have plenty of floor space available for the units that will be placed inside the home in addition to the outdoor ones. Packaged HVAC units provide a huge advantage to smaller homes by combining the air conditioner and central heater into one unit–– eliminating the need to have a furnace installed indoors.
Benefit #2: Packaged Units Are Quicker and Cheaper To Install
The assembly of a packaged HVAC unit is completely done and verified by the manufacturer. Since packaged units ship already assembled, you’ll save money from not needing to hire a technician to assemble the unit. Another cost-saving advantage of packaged systems is that the installation process is quicker than traditional multi-unit systems. This means fewer billable hours of labor and thus a lower overall cost for you.
Benefit #3: Packaged Units Can Offer Higher Energy-Efficiency
Given the streamlined design of packaged units, they don’t have to work as hard as multi-unit systems and are often able to perform at higher SEER ratings. Placing the entire system in a single unit enables manufacturers to create fine-tuned systems that can offer higher energy-efficiency to help lower your monthly utility bills.
Benefit #4: Packaged Units Have High Compatibility
With split systems having equipment both indoors and outdoors, you can encounter compatibility issues when one part goes bad and you need to find a replacement. If the indoor component goes bad, you will likely have to replace the outdoor unit as well, and vice versa, since they are a part of a matched system. If you opt for a packaged HVAC unit, compatibility will not be as large of an issue. Many packaged HVAC units pair well with other hardware easily, so if you’re planning on installing add-ons like a purifier or humidifier, then a packaged unit will save you headaches down the road.
Benefit #5: Packaged Units Are Designed For Quiet Operation
Since packaged units are placed outside your home, all of the noisy air processing takes place outside your living space. The sound levels for HVAC units can reach up to 75 decibels, so if your goal is to reduce the noise levels within your home, a packaged unit is the way to go.
Choose The HVAC System That Meets Your Needs
So there are 5 benefits to owning a packaged HVAC unit, but to tell you the truth, we could have mentioned many more. Up until now, you may have thought that your only option for an HVAC system was a traditional central air split system. Although a lot of homeowners will benefit from installing a packaged HVAC unit, we understand that not every type of unit will be a perfect match for every household. However, we hope that after reading this article that you feel more equipped to determine if a packaged HVAC unit is right for you and your home.
If you’re still unsure or weighing your options, don’t hesitate to ask an expert for help in making your decision. Contact us online or call us at (301) 327-3038 and let us help you make an informed decision that will impact your home for years to come.
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