PTAC or Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and PTHP or Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps are convenient, ductless, all-in-one heating & cooling solutions primarily used for the commercial spaces. PTACs are commonly seen in hotel rooms, hospitals, the hospitality industry, and offices. PTHPs / PTACs are also smart choices for home renovations such as loft or garage conversions where added cooling and heating is essential.
Understanding the difference between PTAC and pthp units
The PTAC or Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner is the most universal type of through the wall heating and air conditioner system used in hotel guest rooms. The choices are apparent. PTACs are totally self- controlled with no outdoor compressor or refrigerant line necessary. They are independently controlled by the guest with limits set by the hotel staff to save energy. The PTAC is the most reasonably priced year-round heating and cooling system you can find in the HVAC industry.
The top version of a PTAC is referred to as the PTHP or Packaged Terminal Heat Pump. It works just like PTAC. The thing that makes the PTHP so special is that unlike conventional heat pumps these models have an inbuilt electric resistance heater which kicks in automatically when the heat pump can no longer carry out the job. So whether the outside temperature is 50 degrees or 6 degrees the PTHP is always on the work. The price difference between a PTHP and PTAC is negligible but certainly a smart choice especially when you consider the cost-saving advantage.
Both PTHP and PTAC are installed through the wall in a sleeve. Part of the component is on the exterior of the building and part is within, which would either offer air conditioning or, with the heat pump heating and cooling.
How to decide if a PTHP heat pump or a PTAC air conditioner is required?
Heat pump air conditioners have become the custom. Improvements in technology enable heat pump air conditioners to function longer in colder climates, they are as trustworthy as air conditioner units and the added cost can be justified. Although electric heat strips are very much efficient, heat pumps can be more than 100% efficient. There are restrictions to the heat pump mode. In case the outdoor temperatures drop under 35F, the heat pump mode can no longer make sufficient heat, and electric strip heaters are keyed up. The nonheat pump against heat pump dispute can be never-ending and it typically entails reviewers that have seen the drawbacks of initial heat pump unit designs. There is an easy way to decide, for instance, the added cost of a heat pump unit is about $60 and in case you won’t use your PTHP unit for heating, do not spend the extra money on a heat pump unit. On the other hand, if you use your PTHP unit for heating, it will take about 240 hours of the process in the heat pump mode to pay for the $60 premium. The cooling mode is the same with both types of units.