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Broan R8HE Installed Gas Packaged Condensing Unit

When you think about heating and cooling equipment, you may not immediately think of a packaged system. Typically, the image of a separate air conditioner and furnace may pop in your head. Well, these are great ways to heat your home, but if you already have a packaged unit, or you don’t have the room indoors for an air handler or gas furnace, a packaged unit could be the right system for you. These heating and cooling systems contain all of the components necessary to heat or cool your home in one outdoor unit as opposed to outdoor components paired with indoor components (a split system). Package units come in either a large footprint (for installation flexibility on a rooftop or slab) or a small footprint (easy, slab installation). They also come in a number of different setups that address heating and cooling needs in a variety of different ways – the type your choose depends on the heating and cooling demands of your home.

Types of Package HVAC Systems.

Packaged Air Conditioning Units: With a new HVAC system, a quality installation is critical to performance. Make sure you hire a licensed contractor who is going to address your ductwork and other home needs in addition to replacing equipment. A quality installation will cost more upfront, but will save you in service costs in the long term.

Packaged Heat Pumps: A packaged heat pump operates like a heat pump and air handler in one unit. Like an air conditioner, this unit will work hard during the cooling season to provide powerful cooling to your home. However, unlike an air conditioner, a heat pump can reverse the flow of the refrigerant and provide electric heating capabilities. These are a good option for homeowners who don’t see extremely cold temperatures during the year – like homeowners in the South. Broan has a number of packaged heat pumps ranging in efficiency from 13 to 15 SEER and 7.7 to 8 HSPF.

Dual-Fuel Systems: Two sources of energy are used to power a dual-fuel system – at their basic level. However, when we refer to a packaged dual-fuel system we are referring to a unit that operates like both a heat pump and a gas furnace. The iHybrid 15 SEER, 8 HSPF, 80% AFUE system is the packaged dual-fuel system option we offer. This unit offers exceptional electric heating power, which uses less electricity than other electric heating methods, down to approximately 25°F. Then, when temperatures go below that mark, you can switch over to gas power. This way you are using the most efficient fuel source for the temperature outside. Of course, this depends on utility rates in your area. The best way to find out if this is the best choice for your home is to talk with your local HVAC contractor.

Packaged Gas/Electric Systems: This final packaged system option operates like a gas furnace and an air conditioner in one unit. These are good system options for homeowners that want powerful heating and cooling power at energy-efficient operation levels. In fact, Broan offers two gas packs that are the most efficient gas packs in terms of cooling efficiency and heating efficiency.

R8HE: The R8HE gas pack is the most heating efficient gas pack in the heating and cooling industry. In fact, it is the very first residential gas/electric packaged system that offers condensing operation. What does that mean? Well, when a furnace operates over 90% AFUE, condensate forms. In the past, there has been a fear that this condensate will freeze and cause a system malfunction. This unit eliminates this concern by piping the condensate below the frost line.

R6GI: This gas/electric packaged unit is a part of Broan’s iQ Drive line of efficient products. It reaches the highest level of cooling efficiency (20 SEER) making it a great choice for a homeowner that sees a lot of hot summer days and wants to shave some money off of their monthly cooling costs. The unit provides exceptional cooling efficiency due to its inverter-driven rotary compressor. This way, the unit can modulate from 40% to 118% capacity in order to meet your cooling demands as they change.

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