While you may be unfamiliar with the term PTAC, you've almost certainly seen one before. PTAC stands for packaged terminal air conditioner, and they're commonly used in hotels. They're the units near the ground that are controlled with their own thermostat, which allows guests in the hotel to set their own desired temperature level for their rooms. They're easy to install—all you need to do is attach it to a wall in the room and vent it to the outside.
Despite the name, PTAC units are capable of heating as well, making them able to keep a room comfortable no matter what the temperatures outside are. Some PTAC units function as heat pumps, which are essentially air conditioners that operate in reverse—they transfer heat from the outside air into the room. Others contain electric heating strips that make them function like a baseboard heater.
Although they're most often seen in commercial installations, PTAC units can be a great choice for homeowners as well. To learn about three different places in a home where installing a PTAC unit is a great choice, read on.
1. Home Additions
When you're building an addition to your home, it may be difficult to connect it to your existing heating system. Your central heating system may not be powerful enough to heat your entire home with the addition included, and it can be expensive to connect registers or ductwork to the addition. In these cases, you'll need to find a single-room heating solution for the room, which is where PTAC units shine. You'll be able to rely on the PTAC unit as the sole heating and cooling source for the room, ensuring that it's always kept at a comfortable temperature.
2. Guest Rooms
If some of your guests have complained about how cold their rooms are, installing a PTAC in the guest room is a better solution than simply turning up your thermostat. Instead of expending more energy heating your entire home (which may make others in your house uncomfortable), your guests can turn on the heater in the PTAC unit. Your guests can keep their rooms comfortably warm without affecting anyone else in the house, and you'll spend less money on energy compared to turning up your central heating system.
Sheds, garages, and other outbuildings can become incredibly cold during the winter, making it difficult to stay in them for long periods of time. A PTAC unit is a great choice to keep an outbuilding warm. You may not have a window in the outbuilding that will accept a window heat pump, and a space heater may not be able to keep the entire outbuilding comfortably warm. Additionally, they're easier to install than a ductless mini-split system due to the fact that there's no need to run conduits to an outside unit. All you need to do is to connect the PTAC unit to the outside so that it can vent and drain its condensate.
As an added bonus, PTAC units are quite energy-efficient when compared to other quick heating options such as space heaters. If you have a room in your home that could use some extra heat, contact a heating installation contractor in your area and ask about having a PTAC unit installed.
The air conditioning unit outside your home needs to be taken care of if you want it to keep you cool for many summers into the future. During the winter, should the unit be covered? Do you really need to do anything to winterize the unit? Our blog will show you several ways for you to protect your air conditioning unit through the winter. You will learn how to build a cover, determine if you need to do any work to it and much more. Hopefully what you learn here will help you to keep your unit running well for many years.