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Central Air Conditioning Systems: Split-System vs. Packaged

Central air conditioners are systems that circulate cool air through a system of supply and return ducts around the home. A central air conditioner is usually either a split-system unit or a packaged unit. Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of both below!

Split-Systems

A split-system air conditioner consists of an evaporator coil located in an indoor cabinet in a basement, closet or attic — plus a condenser and compressor located in an outdoor cabinet. It provides both heat in the winter and cool in the summer without the need for a separate furnace or window unit. If your home already has a furnace but no air conditioner, a split-system is the most cost-effective choice for your home.
 
Advantages
  • Ease of layout
  • More energy efficient
  • Freedom of configuration
Disadvantages
  • Higher installation cost
  • Doesn’t come refrigerant-charged
Packaged Systems
 
Unlike a split-system, a packaged air conditioning system’s evaporator, condenser, and compressor are “packaged” together in one cabinet. Usually installed on a roof, a packaged system is ideal for homes where indoor space is limited.
 
Advantages
  • Simple, space-saving design
  • Comes fully charged with refrigerant
  • Costs less to install
  • Easier to maintain
Disadvantages
  • Exposure to outdoor environment
  • Less energy efficient
If you need help determining the type of air conditioner that’s right for your home, ask one of ARS®/Rescue Rooter’s® Comfort Advisors for help. Schedule an appointment today by calling 1-800-277-9400.
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