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Packaged Equipment

When shopping for a new heating and air conditioning system, look beyond the standard split system HVAC setup and to the packaged unit. You can receive the same heating and cooling power that a split system provides, but all of the components are contained in a single unit that sits outside of your home. Why would you go with a packaged unit? Well, in addition to the convenience that having one unit that operates all of your heating and cooling equipment, a packaged unit is a great option for homeowners that meet the following criteria:

  • You already have a packaged unit. Switching out a split system for a packaged unit, and vice versa, can be a costly process. That would involve removing all of the old equipment, reconfiguring the duct work and installing the new equipment. Essentially, your contractor would have to start from scratch. So, if you have a packaged system it is a good idea to stick with one.
  • Limited interior space. You may not have an attic, a basement, or a big enough closet to house the interior portion of a split system whether that is a gas furnace and coil or an air handler. For homeowners in this situation, a packaged unit can be a great solution because it sits outside the home.

Installed Condensing Gas/Electric Package Unit

Packaged units come in two footprints to offer different installation perks. A packaged unit that comes in a large footprint offers installation flexibility (it can be installed on either a roof or a slab), while a packaged unit that comes in a small footprint offers easy, slab installation. They also come in a variety of different setups that you can choose from depending on the weather in your area.

Types of Packaged Heating and Cooling Equipment

Packaged Air Conditioning Units: A packaged air conditioner is the equivalent of an air conditioner paired with an air handler. These units range in efficiency from 13 to 15 SEER and are a great choice from homeowners who do not see too many cold days.

Packaged Heat Pump Systems: A packaged heat pump operates like a heat pump paired with an air handler. These units range in efficiency from 13 to 15 SEER and 7.7 HSPF to 8 HSPF and are an excellent choice for homeowners who do not see too many cold winter days, but do still require heating capabilities. These units are completely electric no gas required.

Dual-Fuel Packaged Units: Your new furnace's thermostat may have a "fan on" setting. If so, consider running the fan year-round. It's a great way to even out temperatures on multiple levels and reduce hot and cold spots as it continues to move air even when the furnace or air conditioner isn't running. For even better temperature control, ask your NuTone dealer about zoning.

Gas/Electric Packaged Units: A packaged gas/electric unit (gas pack) works like an air conditioner and gas furnace. This system is great for homeowners who need powerful heating and cooling capabilities, but also wants to invest in an ultra-high-efficiency unit. NuTone offers gas packs that are the highest in cooling and heating efficiency.

The R6GI is the most cooling efficient gas pack available. It offers cooling capabilities up to 20 SEER due to an inverter-driven rotary compressor. Because of this leading component, the unit can modulate between 40% and 118% capacity in five steps in order to exactly offset the cooling demands of your home at any given time.

The R8HE is the first-ever residential condensing gas pack to be offered to homeowners. Furnaces that go beyond 90% AFUE produce condensate. In gas packs there is a fear that the condensate produced as a result of efficient operation will freeze and cause the unit to malfunction. The R8HE eliminates this concern by piping the condensate that is produced under the frost line. This model reaches 95% AFUE.

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