Since your HVAC system accounts for about half of the energy consumption of your home or business, it’s important to have one that’s efficient. However, energy efficiency is relative to your property and heating and air conditioner needs. For that reason, knowing the difference between split and packaged HVAC systems can help you choose the best option for your Richmond, VA home.

Individual or Split Systems

Split heating and cooling systems are the most commonly used, and they require both outdoor and indoor units. The outdoor component contains the condenser and compressor, and the indoor component includes an air handler and furnace.

You can pair a split system air conditioner with an air handler or a furnace. Pairing the system with a gas furnace can improve your comfort as temperatures vary throughout the year in Virginia. It’s also the most common setup. You can install a split system heat pump both ways as well. Paired with an air handler, it changes airflow to heat and cool your home. The dual-fuel option combines the heat pump with a gas furnace.

Packaged HVAC Systems

A packaged system contains all of the heating and cooling components in one outdoor unit that sits to the side of your property or on the roof. It’s ideal if you don’t have a lot of room inside for an air handler and furnace.

Packaged air conditioners include the air conditioner and air handler in the unit, but it’s possible to add heat strips. You could also choose a packaged gas/electric system, which combines the air conditioner with a gas furnace. Packaged heat pumps contain the heat pump and air handler. Another option is the dual-fuel system, which combines the heat pump with furnace.

Get Help Deciding

Choosing an efficient system for your home or business is a big decision. If you still aren’t sure which one will best meet your heating and cooling needs, take a look at AirMaxx Mechanical’s split and packaged system options, or call (804) 212-3339.