Businesses & homes in the Snohomish, Bellevue, Kirkland, Woodinville, Redmond, Sammamish, Bothell, Medina, Hunts Point, Clyde Hill, Yarrow Point, New Castle, Washington, and Surrounding Areas, opt for Packaged HVAC units when comfort and space efficiency are your main goals.
What is a Packaged Unit?
HVAC package units are available in small and large sizes to meet different needs based on a building’s heating/cooling capacity and installation requirements.
Some package unit systems can be considered “light” commercial HVAC but systems can range between three and twenty-five tons. Often package units are more expensive to operate, but because they’re contained with one unit (usually on the roof) they are a great option if you’re needing to save space.
With a packaged system, rather than having to connect with various components in the building, the air supply, and return ducts exit the building through an exterior wall or the roof to connect directly to the ground level unit or rooftop package unit, respectively.
Types of Packaged Units
- Packaged Air Conditioners contain the compressor, coils, air handler all housed in a single-boxed cabinet. The packaged air conditioner also provides limited warmth by using an electrical strip heating.
- Packaged Heat Pumps use heat pump technology to cool and heat your home.
- Packaged Gas-Electric combines an air conditioner with a gas-powered furnace.
- Packaged Dual-Fuel systems contain a heat pump capable of heating and cooling, as well as a gas furnace. This type of packaged system optimizes the heating source for the conditions.
Signs Your Packaged HVAC Needs Maintenance or Repair
If you’re experiencing any of these, your system likely needs attention:
- Not heating or cooling appropriately – your system is shutting off before the thermostat reaches the desired temperature is a major sign that your system is requiring maintenance.
- A spike in your energy costs – you can expect seasonal changes, but if it’s uncharacteristically high for that time of year, this is a sign to look into your HVAC.
- Musty Odor – musty or pungent smells can be a sign of mold or mildew. Pacific Northwest residents aren’t shocked by damp, moldy, or mildewy situations, and you probably know these are best contained immediately!
- Air filters – you may experience a funky odor if your air filters are overdue for replacement.
- Burnt Smell – if you or your employees are smelling burnt or burning and it’s coming from the HVAC, turn off your system immediately and call a professional. There could be electrical shorts or melted wires to repair.
- Noises – rattling, cranking, and squealing are signs that something has come loose, has broken, or is not working properly.
- Increase in sick days – with poor air quality & circulation comes an increase in people taking days off due to increased symptoms of allergies, colds, and migraines. If your employees are needing more sick days than normal, and it’s not cold & flu season, it may be time to check your HVAC.
Don’t delay if you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms in your HVAC system, broken systems usually cost more to operate since they aren’t fully efficient, and the longer you put off repair, the more expensive the repair can become. Lifetime Heating & Cooling has over 20 years of experience with HVAC systems, their problems, and repairing them. Call for more information or an estimate.