4 Types of AC Units to Consider

Packaged air conditioner
Need a self-contained heating and cooling system? Consider packaged terminal air conditioners.

3. Packaged Air Conditioner

This type of AC unit is an all-in-one heating and cooling machine.

The system’s components lie in the outdoor unit, which is placed on a rooftop or at the foot of the building.

The outdoor unit consists of a compressor, electrical panel, thermostatic expansion valve, air filter, front panel and return air grill. I also includes the evaporator coil, evaporator fan and housing, as well as heating and humidifying components.

A packaged AC unit is between 3 and 15 tons.


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Many homeowners choose a central air conditioning system that controls humidity in all rooms of the house.

4. Central Air Conditioning System

This type of AC unit has a central location, distributes air to and from various rooms via fans and ducts.

Homeowners choose central air conditioners to help regulate humidity and comfort throughout several rooms all at once.

The outdoor unit contains a condenser coil, compressor, electrical components and fan.

Inside the house is an evaporator coil. It also has a series of pipes, or refrigeration lines, ducts and a thermostat.

The Importance of Annual Tune-Ups

A professional bi-annual tune-up is necessary for all homeowners. It reduces the number of breakdowns of your AC, saves you money on preventable problems, and lengthens your AC’s life.

First, have the system checked before its winter use, and then get your air conditioner checked just before the hot summer months.

Your HVAC professional will lubricate and inspect all system parts for functionality. In addition, they will replace filters, clean out drain holes and check your refrigerant levels.


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