A normal indoor comfort system that uses a furnace and air conditioner (or heat pump) is referred to as a split system. This is because part of the equipment is located outside, and part of the equipment is located inside the home. Sometimes a home or office will have space constraints inside that do not allow room for the indoor equipment. A packaged system can be the perfect answer for such situations.
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A packaged heating and air conditioning system takes the equipment from a split system, and combines it all into a single footprint that is able to be mounted outside on a cement slab, or even on the roof of the home. Ducting runs to the equipment outside because all air filtration and conditioning happens solely in the outdoor equipment. Packaged systems can be all electric, gas and electric and even Hybrid Heat® which uses a gas furnace and an electric heat pump.
Efficiency ratings are the same for a packaged system as they are for normal equipment. SEER, AFUE and HSPF ratings show how efficient the system will run. A drawback of packaged options is that they do not offer the same efficiency levels as split system equipment. However, for homes or offices that don’t have the indoor space required for a split system, packaged options are an ideal solution.