A packaged terminal air conditioner, or PTAC, is a self-contained, commercial grade heating and air conditioning unit that is installed in a wall. For example, the Ice Air model 5rsk13 is a common PTAC. Though once they were most commonly used in hotels and hospitals, today, they are becoming a popular option for homeowners and business owners who want to install heating and air conditioning in a room that doesn’t have access to a standard HVAC system.
How it a PTAC Works
A PTAC contains a compressor system that does double duty: It cools and heats, which makes it a truly versatile appliance. In order to cool, the compressor cools the cools by pumping refrigerant through them. When the coils are cooled, heat and humidity are attracted to them and are exhausted outside of the room through the unit. To heat the space, the reverse function is completed; refrigerant heats the coils, and when air passes over them, it is heated and blown into the room.
An nyc PTAC replacement is larger than a traditional air conditioning unit that would be placed through the wall; however, they cool much more efficiently, and they also heat, which makes them highly desirable.
Selecting a PTAC Unit
When you are choosing a PTAC unit, such as Ice Air’s 5rsk09, there are two important factors that you are going to want to consider: The BTUs of the unit and the type of plug.
BTUs is an acronym for British Thermal Units, the units of power that are needed to cool a space. The larger the space is that you want to cool, the more BTUs your PTAC is going to need. It is important to purchase a PTAC that has the right amount of BTUs for your space; if the unit does not have enough BTUs, it will not effectively cool the space, and if it has too many, you will be using more energy than necessary.
The type of plug the unit has is also important; generally speaking, the higher the amperage of the plug, the higher the heating and cooling capacity of the unit. You can either opt to chose a unit that has a plug that will be plugged into an outlet, or you can have it hard wired to the wiring of the room. If you are going to opt for hard wiring, make sure you have a professional do the task for you to ensure it is done properly and safely.
The Benefits of a PTAC Unit
Without a doubt, the biggest benefit of an evergreen PTAC unit is that it can effectively and efficiently cool and heat a space from one single unit. This means that you don’t need to have HVAC in the space in order to control the temperature. Another benefit: They can save you a tremendous amount in electricity each year as compared to a traditional through the wall air conditioner.
If you are interested in learning more about PTAC units or general contracting, or you are thinking about installing one, give us a call! We offer state-of-the-art, high-quality products and will be happy to assist you with selecting the best unit for your needs, and installing it for you, too.