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Split System

A split system is an HVAC system that includes an indoor unit and an outdoor unit as two separate devices (unlike a packaged unit or a window unit which contain the complete HVAC system as one single piece).

What is a Split System?

A split system is a type of split air conditioner that separates the system into an indoor and outdoor component. Split system air conditioners may be paired with a furnace or an air handler. Residents in cooler areas such as the more northern states often include a gas furnace as part of their split system setup. 

Internal components for split systems can be located anywhere they’re protected from the elements, including attics and basements. Outdoor elements are often placed on the side of the building in a location with sufficient ventilation. Split systems are a popular choice for many people as they offer efficient heating and cooling, while also allowing you to customize your split system according to your individual needs. 

Watch a video to learn how a furnace, heat pump, and AC work together.

What is the difference between a split system and a package unit?

A split system is a split air conditioner that divides the indoor and outdoor units into separate components. In contrast, a packaged unit combines both a furnace and air conditioning system into a single, packaged design. 

It’s important to keep in mind when choosing between split or packaged offerings that the best choice often depends on your specific situation, needs, and home. One of the biggest benefits of split systems is that they can be customized. However, depending on the unit, they may be more expensive to install and may take up more space than a packaged unit. When deciding between a split or packaged system, it’s a good idea to consult an expert who can walk you through which options are best for your home. 

Whatever type of split system or packaged unit you choose, make sure you contact a qualified air conditioning technician to install it properly. This will ensure that your split system or package unit functions as intended and can provide you with years of reliable service. 

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