Do Packaged HVAC Systems Do More for Comfort?

April 23, 2016

Packaged HVAC systems have become increasingly popular among homeowners — especially with limited space. Packaged units offer several advantages over split systems in certain Daphne, Alabama, homes, but do they increase your home comfort?

What Are Packaged HVAC Systems?

A split HVAC system features two separate cabinets for the air conditioner or heat pump, but a packaged system combines all components into a single cabinet. In most cases, we install packaged systems outside, which means you don’t have to find space for them inside your home. If you’ve embraced the tiny home craze, a packaged system likely represents your best choice.

These units offer other advantages as well. They cost less to install because there are fewer parts. It also takes less time to install a packaged system, and many options on the market offer significant energy and cost savings on a month-to-month basis. If you are interested in a packaged HVAC system, you need to know how it will impact your comfort levels.

Single Versus Dual Stage

Just like split systems, packaged HVAC units come in both single- and dual-stage varieties. A dual-stage unit offers superior home comfort because its fan can run at two speeds: low and high. During extremely hot Alabama summers, for instance, the fan might run at full speed. Then, when the temperatures start to drop a little in the fall, the unit will switch to the lower speed for maximum energy savings.

Since packaged units typically cost less overall, you might find it easier to fit the dual-stage system into your budget. You’ll gain the energy savings and increased home comfort that comes with multiple fan speeds, but you won’t have to dip as far into your savings account.

For instance, the Performance 15 Packaged Hybrid Heat System 48VR-B offers both heating and cooling in one convenient cabinet. Plus, it’s a dual-stage system that has a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating of up to 15 and an 81 percent AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating.

Humidity Control

Humidity levels can get brutal during the spring and summer months. If you don’t control the humidity levels inside your home, you’ll feel warmer even if you haven’t increased the temperature on your thermostat. Many packaged air conditioning units feature filter drier system protection, which helps control humidity so you’re more comfortable during the summer.

If you’re switching from a window air conditioning unit to a central air option, you’ll see a radical difference in home comfort. Many homeowners resist upgrading to a new unit because they’re concerned about the cost. A packaged system requires a smaller initial investment, but it will remove more humidity from the air than a window unit.

Noise Levels

A split air conditioner or heat pump system features an indoor cabinet that contains the fan and evaporating coils. When the system cuts on, you might hear the motor. The noise can disturb your sleep or interrupt the quiet of your home, though noise levels for split systems will depend on the make, model, and condition of the unit.

Packaged systems don’t have an indoor cabinet. Everything is housed outdoors so you can’t hear the system cut on and off. You might still hear the air flow as it transfers through your ductwork and out of your vents, but the motor and associated noise won’t be a factor.

Is a Packaged HVAC System Best for Your Home Comfort?

As you can see, packaged air conditioners and heat pumps offer significant advantages in certain situations, but the comfort question depends on your circumstances. For instance, do you live in a smaller home with limited storage space? If so, you’ll benefit greatly from a packaged system over a window unit or other alternative. Similarly, you might like the reduced noise levels and the improved humidity control.

Our trained technicians can help you to evaluate different HVAC systems so you can choose one that will fit your family best. It comes down to personal preference, budget, and home features.

If you’re in the market for an upgraded heat pump or air conditioner, give Keith Air Conditioning, Inc. a call today at 251-476-3610 to schedule an appointment.