Coleman Package Unit Reviews | Consumer Ratings - Coleman HVAC offers a line of package units at various efficiency levels. Specifically, the types of package units offered their best ratings for efficiency come in at 16 SEER for air conditioning, 8 HSPF for their heat pump package unit, and for the gas furnace portion 81% AFUE.
Comparing Coleman to other brands, the efficiency ratings are the highest in the industry, however, Coleman does make good products so I would not rule them out when considering the purchase of a package unit unless your only consideration is high efficiency. Really, the only efficiency rating that I think is low based on what other manufacturers offer is the AFUE rating which is close to the minimum as required by the DOE. (more…)
Frigidaire Package Unit Reviews | Consumer Ratings - Frigidaire has a wide range of package units in their product lineup for packaged systems. The package units range from air conditioner gas furnace combos to hybrid heat pump package systems with various efficiency levels.
Their top-of-the-line gas pack for air conditioning is 20 SEER but only 81% AFUE for the gas furnace part of the systems. Frigidaire offers another gas pack that gives you 95% AFUE but only 14 SEER for the cooling side of the system. This leaves one with serious decisions to make since you can’t get a packaged system that is ultra-efficient on both sides for heating and cooling. So how do you choose? Let’s proceed to the next part, analyze everything, and then see where we come out. (more…)
Westinghouse Package Unit Reviews | Consumer Ratings - Westinghouse offers both gas packs and heat pump package units ranging in efficiency ratings from minimum levels up to 20 SEER, 8 HSPF, and 81 AFUE for gas packs. The 20 SEER relates to the Westinghouse air conditioner portion of the gas pack while the 81 AFUE relates to the gas portion of the gas pack. Westinghouse also has a gas pack that is 95% AFUE but only has a SEER rating of 14.
The 8 HSPF relates to the heat pump which can be purchased in a hybrid model that offers a gas pack heat pump/combination. Select Westinghouse package units are Energy Star rated for added efficiency and possible tax credits/rebates for your purchase. (more…)
ArcoAire Package Unit Reviews | Consumer Opinions - Arcoaire currently offers 19 different models of package units among their DuraComfort™ and Performance Series brands. Specifically, 3 models in their ultra-efficient DuraComfort™ Series and the 16 models in their Performance Series. The best performing air conditioner package unit is their 16 SEER DuraComfort model. The next DuraComfort™ model is their combination gas furnace and air conditioner coming in at 16 SEER for the AC side and 81% AFUE for the gas furnace side.
Lastly, ArcoAire has heat pump package units. Efficiency ratings for their DuraComfort™ Series heat pump package unit are 15.5 SEER and 8.5 HSPF. See more about efficiency below along with other details for ArcoAire package units. (more…)
Daikin Package Unit Reviews | Consumer Ratings. Daikin offers package units in the 2 to the 5-ton capacity range. They do have a few models that only go up to 4 tons so check with the dealer to see what is available. Of course, that depends on what you need and the capacity you need. Daikin package unit models offer air conditioners, heat pumps, gas packs, and a dual fuel package unit. Package units are ideal for installation where indoor space is undesirable or not existent for an air handler. Package units are an all-in-one package with everything you need all in one package. (more…)
Payne Package Unit Reviews | Consumer Ratings. Payne offers package units in the 2 to the 5-ton range. Their line-up of package units includes gas packs, straight air conditioners, and heat pumps. Package units are ideal for specific applications in residential and light commercial applications. They are best used in places where installing an air handler is difficult or impossible.
While package units do not offer the best efficiency-wise from a conventional split system, there are situations where package units can only use for heating and cooling. Mobile homes and smaller houses where closet space is at a minimum. Rooftop installations make package units ideal for light commercial applications. A package unit can best be used in these applications. (more…)
Amana Package Unit Reviews - Amana package units come in various configurations including straight air conditioner package units, heat pump package units, dual fuel heat pumps with gas heat for backup heat, and gas furnace and air conditioner package or gas packs for light commercial and residential use. (more…)
American Standard Package Unit Reviews | Consumer Ratings - American Standard package units come in all available combinations from hybrid heat pumps with gas heat for the backup heat, to air conditioners with electric heat or gas heat, to straight heat pump package units or straight air conditioner systems. (more…)
Armstrong Package Unit Reviews - Armstrong package units come in configurations of air conditioning only package units, air conditioning package units with electric heat, heat pump package units, air conditioner package units with gas heat also known as gas packs, and heat pumps with gas heat also known as dual fuel heat pumps where the heat pump uses gas heat for the backup heat rather than electric as most conventional heat pump system use. (more…)
Bryant Package Unit Reviews - Bryant package units include a full-line of package units configured as hybrid heat pump package units with gas heat, gas furnace, and air conditioner package units know as gas packs, air conditioning only package units, and air conditioner package units with electric heat. Bryant package units are primarily used for light commercial and residential uses. (more…)
HVAC Tip - HVAC Preventive Maintenance: Just like a vehicle needs preventive maintenance, HVAC systems need a regular maintenance schedule. Having maintenance performed on your air conditioning and heating systems now can help you avoid costly repairs in the future. Air Conditioning and heating preventive maintenance also pays for itself by making the unit more efficient, safe, and reliable. Often, a technician can spot a ten dollar part that needs replacing now where if it is let go and not replaced, can cost you hundreds of dollars more in the future. The old phrase is true, "pay me a little now, or a lot later." I see it every day. Basic maintenance on condensers and air handling units will save you money in the long run. If your local heating and cooling company offers maintenance agreements look into getting one for your home or business. Typically, companies offering maintenance agreements waive overtime charges for after hours or emergency calls and offer you reduced prices on parts. That is in addition to performing preventive maintenance twice annually.
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