Packaged systems are popular in certain regions, where construction techniques favor a single cabinet system rather than a split system, which has both an outdoor and an indoor unit.
Regions: Southeast, South and Southwest
Typically, packaged units are installed outdoors at ground level, in a crawl space, or they may be installed on the roof for horizontal or down-flow designs. Available in the same configurations, and utilizing the same components as split systems, packaged units also offer a variety of efficiency options. Unlike split systems, in a packaged system, most components are in one cabinet. According to your needs, you can select from the many types of packaged systems available:
In parts of the country where the weather tends to be warmer, a packaged air conditioner is the perfect solution. Higher-efficiency units are also available with Comfort-R™ airflow mode, offering better humidity control.
With heating, air conditioning and air-handling functions in one unit, a packaged heat pump can take care of all your home comfort needs. Trane's XL16c high-efficiency packaged heat pump comes equipped with two-stage heating and air conditioning for maximum comfort and efficiency.
A packaged dual fuel unit has what you might call a split personality. As a heat pump, it cools and dehumidifies your house in the summer. During the spring and fall, the heatpump provides high-efficiency heating. Then, when the temperature dips well below freezing, it can provide gas heat for greater comfort. If you live where natural gas is not available, you can use propane gas as fuel.
A packaged gas electric unit offers you electric air conditioning and gas heating. In warm weather, it's an all-electric high-efficiency air conditioner. In cold weather, it provides warmth from natural gas or propane, giving you the best of both energy worlds. Trane's XL16c high efficiency gas electric packaged unit also comes equipped with two stage heating and air conditioning for more efficient energy use.