Packaged air conditioners, as the name implies, are self-contained heating and air conditioning units, with all of its essential components encased in a single unit.
This single unit contains all of their parts in one outdoor unit that sits on either the roof or to the side of a property.
It is comprised of the cooling coil, the compressor, the air filter and the air handling unit. These systems come fully assembled, ready for you to plug-in.
One unique selling proposition for a packaged unit is that a condensate drain pipe is not a requirement due to the condensate water being extracted from the air by the evaporator coil.
From there, it’s pushed to the condenser fan and then onto the condenser coil surface, where it simply evaporates.
The packaged air conditioners can also offer better humidity control, space efficiency and are cheaper due to saving on installation costs.
However as a packaged unit is located outside it is exposed all the elements; sun, rain, snow, hail and wind which can reduce its lifespan and effectiveness.
A detracting factor is its limited energy efficiency, as packaged air conditioning units will usually have an 8-10 SEER rating.