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What Is the Difference Between a Split System and a Package Unit?

Learn the facts to determine if you need a split system or a packaged unit to meet your HVAC needs.

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Split systems? Packaged units? What are they? Does it even matter? If you're on the hunt for a new heating and air conditioning system, you're probably starting to feel overwhelmed. How do you know what to even look for? What's going to work best for your home?

It does matter! There are many significant differences between the two. And as always, the more you know, the better off you are.

So, to help you decide which type is better for your needs, let's take a look at the differences between a split system and package unit.

In a Nutshell, Split Has Two Parts, Package Is All-in-One

The main differences between a split-system and a package unit are evident in the names of each one. Think of a package unit as being two-in-one. You get heat and air in one combo package. This means there is only one unit to install. Another feature of the package unit is that there are no refrigerant lines to run.

A split system is divided into two parts - part is outside, and part is inside. The outside part is the condenser and inside is where you'll find the coil. Connecting the indoor and outdoor parts, you'll find refrigerant lines. Both sections of the split system require power sources. Typically, if you are replacing an existing unit, the refrigerant and electric lines are already in place.

Similarities? Both split system and package units are available in heat pump and gas.

What Is the Cost Difference Between the Two?

As far as price is concerned, a package unit will run more upfront than a split system, but once you figure in the cost of labor, both options run in the same ballpark. What you'd save on the equipment with a split system, you'll spend with the installation costs.

Still stumped about which system is best for your individual HVAC needs? Our team at Morelli Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., can answer all your questions about the differences in these systems. Just contact us and ask any questions you've got about split systems, packaged systems, and any other system you can imagine. We'll be happy to help you to make the best decision for you home.


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