What Is a Packaged Air Conditioner?

Traditionally, an air conditioner has two parts: the outside condenser unit and the indoor air handler. Refrigerant cycles between the two units, and the indoor air handler connects to the ductwork. Refrigerant removes heat from the indoors as it evaporates at the inside unit and releases heat at the outside portion as it condenses. A fan blows air over the cooling coil on the air handler and moves cool air through the ducts. But with a packaged unit, all of the parts are enclosed in a single cabinet, usually located right outside of the building or on the rooftop.

The cabinet also contains the parts of your heating system as well. This is convenient for a commercial property, especially for any time a technician needs to access your HVAC equipment for repairs or maintenance. Because packaged units are located on the roof of a commercial building much of the time, a technician can stay out of the way of your business during repairs or maintenance so that you can keep your business going throughout the day in some cases (weather permitting).

Packaged air conditioners are ideal for their location and convenience for businesses and because they are often modular. A modular unit can be modified at any time. Usually, if your air conditioning sizing needs change because your business has expanded, you’ll need an entirely new system. But with a modular packaged unit, a technician can simply add or another unit or remove one, effectively changing the sizing load of the system.

You can even install a packaged air conditioner at your home. This is ideal for people with limited indoor space or for those homes where indoor installation would be difficult. Packaged air conditioners are available in a variety of sizes and efficiency ratings. You can find packaged units with very high SEERs (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratings) so that you won’t have to resort to a low efficiency window or wall unit if you don’t have much space for an indoor installation.

Contact Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning and learn whether your particular needs are best suited to installing packaged air conditioners in Gilbert, AZ.