What is a Packaged HVAC Unit?

What is a Packaged HVAC Unit?

When we visit people’s home, we often notice that some homeowners have two different comfort systems installed — one for heating and one for cooling. And that’s totally fine! However, there is an alternative to that set-up that can offer big benefits: a packaged HVAC unit. If you’re interested in having a single system that heats and cools your home, take a look at some of your options.

What is a Packaged HVAC Unit?

Packaged HVAC units perform the same job that separate heating and cooling systems do — the one difference being that it’s a single system in your home instead of multiple. These are particularly good options for homes without a lot of extra space, such as a crawlspace or basement, where separate units would typically go.

Types of Packaged HVAC Units

Packaged AC’s

These systems include an air conditioner and an air handler, with the option to add heating strips for enhanced comfort. They’re often the best choice for homeowners who want their comfort system to operate solely on electricity and who live in warm climates.

Packaged Heat Pumps

This system uses a heat pump and air handler and is a total electric package. Since heat pumps can cool your home as well as heat it, this package is a good option for homes in mildly cold climates.

Packaged Gas/Electric

This packaged combines an air conditioner, coil, and gas furnace, giving you the option to heat your home with gas. This system is a viable option for homes without a lot of extra space to house an indoor unit.

Dual Fuel

If you live in an area where the temperatures often drop below freezing in the winter, this is often your best option. Dual fuel packages switch on your gas furnace when the outside temperatures get very cold but use electricity otherwise, better controlling your gas usage and potentially lowering your utility bill.

Wondering if a packaged HVAC unit is the right choice for your Pittsburgh? Ask the experts at Wahl Family Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. We can offer you the best heating and cooling options for your home and professionally install it to keep you and your family comfortable all year long.

For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 412.265.2662.