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  1. #1
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    Gas pack vs split system

    Building a new home and have the choice of a gas pack unit or split system is one any better than the other?

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    Either one will work fine if installed properly. Split unit will require enough height in the crawl space. If house is two story a split works better. A package unit is better to service. Short gas line, no venting problem and no freon lines ( Less chance of leaks). Sometimes a problem in getting the right size return in the crawl space. Large outside unit might be a site problem?
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    Like to add that the package units are more limited in efficiency rating. If you're looking for a 21 SEER unit then I don't believe a gas pack is an option.

    I "think" the gas packs max at about 15 SEER but didn't look it up so could be off a point or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daltex View Post
    Like to add that the package units are more limited in efficiency rating. If you're looking for a 21 SEER unit then I don't believe a gas pack is an option.

    I "think" the gas packs max at about 15 SEER but didn't look it up so could be off a point or two.
    Same with the gas furnace side. You could get a better efficiency furnace going with a split system
    I never let schooling interfere with my education... Mark Twain

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    I would consider the length or your duct runs in this decision. With a split system you can usally locate your inside unit (furnace/air handler) in a more central location which shortens your duct runs. It just depends on the lay out of you home. If you have a package unit at one end of a long house and a room with a big heating or cooling load at the other end of the house you may run into problems getting enough air flow to that room.

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