Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner, Not Just For Hotel Rooms
A packaged terminal air conditioner is a self-contained heating and cooling
system that has mostly been used in apartments and hotels. They can also be a very good solution for an
addition to a home or for a sunroom.
They have some advantages in that they can be less expensive to install and
they can be used when the existing hvac system for the home is not big enough for the addition of a
Then, the system can be used only when the room is occupied and that can save
on your utility bills.
There are several types including those that use electric strips to provide
heat as well as those that use a hydronic coil, and those that have a built-in gas burner.
Most brands offer packaged terminal heat pumps which reverse the flow of
refrigerant to provide heat when necessary.
There are also both vertical and horizontal models and your selection of type
will depend on your own application. The vertical models typically are located in a closet that has an
exterior wall while the horizontal type can be placed in any external wall.
The system itself slides into a sleeve that is installed in the wall usually
during construction. To put the units in an existing structure, there will need to be some changes made
to the wall structure for the sleeve.
The units have all of the heating and cooling components as well as the
electronic controls built into a chassis that slides out for easy maintenance and repairs. They can
either be plugged into the proper receptacle or hard-wired to provide power. They should usually be
placed on their own individual electrical circuit.
Before you purchase one of these units, you can check out our reviews
page. There, we compare the brands and rank them from a repairman's point of view.