HVAC systems come in two optional setups: split and packaged. While the difference may seem unimportant at first, these are two very different systems, designed for different types of buildings. Here’s what you need to know about how these systems can work.
Split HVAC Systems
The “split” in this type of HVAC system refers to how part of the equipment is located indoors and part of it is located outside in areas like Apple Valley. The two units are connected via pipes, usually with refrigerant.
Outside are a fan to manage airflow and a unit that contains both the condenser and compressor – this equipment compresses refrigerant and allows it to condense as a way to help transfer heat.
Inside, the system includes the evaporator, which allows the refrigerant to evaporate again (in some units, like heat pumps, these jobs can actually switch based whether the system is heating or cooling), along with a powerful fan to circulate air throughout the house. If there’s no heat pump, the indoor unit typically contains a furnace of some kind.
These split systems are very common in most San Bernardino houses, and you can usually spot the outdoor unit on a concrete slab somewhere around the house. It may be more expensive to set up and maintain, but it also tends to be very efficient, which can lower the long-term utility cost. Containing the heat inside the house when necessary makes the system more effective at its job. Ask Victory Heating & Air how effective a split system would work for you.
Packaged HVAC Systems
A packaged system is made of one unit, typically a large system located in a particular spot, often on top of a roof or in a garage. The “package” includes the evaporator, condenser, compressor, and furnace all in one bundle.
These units are very rarely located indoors in Rancho Cucamonga or San Bernardino because they are used when space is very limited. By perching the packaged system outdoors, space is maximized. As you can imagine, our Victory Heating & Air technicians commonly see this setup in condos, apartments, studios, and upper-story offices. It is rarely seen on standalone residential housing.
Installation for these units is understandably less expensive and maintenance is simple, but they do have their problems. They do not tend to be as efficient with heat dissipation as a split unit. Also, since all components are exposed to the outdoor weather, wear, tear, and repairs are all more common.