Package heat pumps contain the same components as a standard split heat pump system with a condenser and an air handler, but they have been engineered to both fit in one cabinet located outside your home, typically sitting on the ground. Package heat pumps offer heating and cooling capabilities using the same technology as a standard or 2-stage heat pump. These package systems save on energy costs and take up no space indoors, because the entire system is one package outside.
Like the split system heat pumps, the package heat pumps can do the work of an air conditioner and a heater. The standard role of the heat pump is to pull heat from one location to another without using a lot of energy. A heat pump and air conditioner work in very similar ways, but if you install a heat pump, there is no need to install separate systems for heating and cooling. Split system or package heat pumps are also extremely efficient because they do not burn fuel for heat; they simply transfer heat from one location to another.
By adding a variable speed blower to your package heat pump, you can increase the SEER (efficiency) rating of your equipment, dehumidify up to 30 times more moisture from the interior of your home, and supply over 100 degrees of heat out of every register in your home, compared to the 92-94 degree heat that a heat pump now delivers. A variable speed air handler will slowly ramp up to the needed power to satisfy your thermostat setting, and then slowly ramp back down, allowing longer run times at slower speeds, and more movement of air to keep your home comfortable with more even temperatures throughout your home.
By installing a package system with a 2-stage heat pump and variable speed air handler, you will actually have two systems in one. During the hottest days of summer, the system will work at full tonnage, using both stages, to provide cool dry air and remove the humidity from your home. When it cools off at night, only the first stage will be used. This first stage uses less electricity and allows for more dehumidification than a traditional heat pump. The efficiency ratings of these systems can range from 16-20 SEER. These systems are very energy efficient! If your are looking for a combination of comfort and efficiency, and have your system in one package outside your home, let Resort Maintenance install a new package unit, with a 2-stage heat pump and variable speed blower.
Call Resort Maintenance, Inc. to set an appointment for Charles, our comfort care specialist, to visit your home, perform a load calculation, and make recommendations for the best equipment to be installed in your home.