PTACs are a type of air conditioner that works by chilling the air before it circulates through your home. They're also known as "packaged terminal air conditioners," or PTACs.
They are made up of an indoor unit and an outdoor unit, which allows them to be installed almost anywhere—on the wall or ceiling in your attic, in a closet or utility room, or even on the outside of your home (if you can find a place that's not too visible).
PTACs use less energy than standard window units because they're able to work more efficiently. The reason for this is that they're designed to keep cool air from escaping through the walls and ceilings, so it stays in your house and helps cool down your rooms more quickly.
They're also great for apartments and condos because they don't require ductwork or other large equipment. If you want something that will heat or cool your whole house but don't want to deal with all those pipes and wires (or just don't have room), then a PTAC might be right up your alley!
A New Level of Energy Efficiency
Some newer PTAC systems even come equipped with what’s known as a desiccant wheel. Those do two things:
- improve energy efficiency
- promote better indoor air quality
When these newer PTAC systems have been tested against traditional systems (with weather conditions factored in), they’ve been shown to produce cost savings of up to 35%. Desiccant wheels also reduce thermal cooling power by as much as 52%.
Such systems are likely to cost more upfront, but users get a return on their investment within approximately 5 years.
Whether or not you get your hands on a system with a desiccant wheel, the basics of PTACs remain the same. They’re the perfect solution for convenient, energy-efficient, user-friendly climate control.
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