Manufacturers produce different heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems for different uses. An example is the rooftop unit, which anyone can use but is more common with commercial properties. Below are some things you should know about rooftop HVAC systems.
They Are Packaged Units
Rooftop HVACs house all their major components in a single unit. HVAC professionals refer to such systems as packaged units. For example, a typical packaged unit has the evaporator coil, compressor, condenser, and fan within the same unit. During installation, the contractor just mounts the single piece and makes the relevant connections, such as electrical connections.
They Offer Several Advantages
Packaged systems have several advantages of split systems (with separate indoor and outdoor units). For example:
- Packaged systems ensure maximum space utilization by freeing up the indoor space you would need for a split system.
- Since the packaged unit sits outside the house, contractors won't get in your way (and you won't get in their way) during repair or service.
- Installing a packaged unit on the roof secures it from criminals, like those who would want to steal the precious copper wires.
- Rooftop units are safe from flooding.
- Packaged units are usually quieter than split systems because all the noisy components are outside the house.
They Do Not Have To Be On the Roof
Many people install their packaged units on the roof, but you can install yours elsewhere. Roof installation has several advantages, as mentioned above, but any suitable flat surface close to the house will do. For example, you can install a changed unit at the ground level on a slab.
Some Provide Dual Functions
Some packaged units only provide air conditioning, but some provide heating and cooling functions. During the cold season, a dual-function packaged unit heats it receives and then blows the air into the ducts to warm the house. With such a system, you do not need to install a separate heating system.
They Are Not Suitable For All Conditions
Rooftop HVAC systems have multiple advantages, but they are not for everyone. For example, reconsider rooftop installation if you have a relatively weak roof or various heavy loads on the roof, and adding a packaged unit might overload it. In this case, you may install your unit on the ground if you have space.
The best HVAC for your property depends on different factors, including the climate, budget, expected use, heating, ventilation, and cooling needs. Contact a contractor to help you determine and install an appropriate air conditioning system for your building.