Keeping Things Cool: A Guide to PTAC Units

The weather forecast calls for a spike in the temperature… What could be worse than having to sit inside a hot, sticky, stagnant, muggy house or apartment?

You don’t have central air conditioning, and installing it isn’t an option, so what do you do? Of course, you could install a window air conditioner, the idea of having that eyesore sticking out of your window, dripping all over your walkway isn’t really appealing.

Fortunately, there is a way that you can keep your home cool without a central AC, and without a tacky window unit. How? – With a PTAC!

Short for ‘packaged terminal air conditioner’, a PTAC, such as an 8RSK18, can provide you with the much-needed relief you need from the heat, without sticking out like a sore thumb.

Window AC vs PTAC

So, what’s the difference between a window air conditioner and a PTAC? Just like the name suggest, a window air conditioner literally sits in a window. It removes the heat and humidity from the space, thereby creating a cooler environment. While these units can be effective, they also leave you without an operable window. You will have to dedicate an entire window to the unit, and you will not be able to use it as long as the AC is in it.

On the other hand, a PTAC unit (For example, an 8RSK13) sits in the wall, thereby not restricting the use of a window. It sits much more flush to the exterior portion of the wall, thereby reducing that cumbersome, unsightly appearance. They usually offer both cooling and heating capabilities, providing you with a unit that can do double duty. To produce cold air, the PTAC has a dedicated chamber that contains coolant. To product hot air, hot water flows through the unit and is circulated through the space.

The Advantages of a PTAC Over a Window AC

As you can see from above, a PTAC offers definite advantages over an air conditioning unit that is designed to be used in a window.

Perhaps the most notable advantage of an evergreen PTAC is that it has the ability to produce both cold and hot air. Additionally, since it is installed through a wall, it does not limit your ability to use a window, like a window-mounted air conditioning unit does.

In addition to these benefits, PTACs tend to run more quietly than a window air conditioning unit, which means you will have to deal with less obtrusive noise. PTACs are also programmable and can be operated with different voltage levels. The latest PTAC units, like the 5RSK09, offer cutting edge technologies. Some models can be controlled via a Smartphone or over WiFi, allowing you to turn it on or off when you are away from home. Talk about a major plus!

Are There Any Downsides to a PTAC?

PTAC units do tend to cost more than window-mounted air conditioners. Also, unlike a window-mounted air conditioner, it is a permanent fixture. Additionally, having it installed by a professional is advised. With all of this said, these aren’t necessarily downsides. When you consider the fact that a PTAC unit operates more efficiently, the added initial cost will be worth the investment, as it will cost you less to run. Not being able to remove it isn’t necessarily a bad thing either; who wants to worry about juggling a heavy, bulky appliance at least twice a year? Lastly, having it installed by a professional means that you can ensure your unit is set up properly and operating correctly.

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of a PTAC unit, or you are considering having one installed, contact us today! We would be happy to answer any and all questions that you may have!