Thursday, March 18, 2010

Vertical PTACs Becoming More Popular

Many hotels and motels have used the conventional 42" x 16" Thru-the-Wall PTAC for many years dating back to the 1960's. However a different version of the PTAC has been catching on rather fast over the last few years. The VTAC or VPAC also known as the Vertical Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner is the latest new trend of PTACs. Unlike a standard PTAC which is placed through the wall and exposed, A VTAC is placed discreetly in an enclosed corner closet and never seen. It gives the room a finished look similar to what you would see in a home. VTACs, with their top discharge can be ducted to cool or heat a single or even multiple rooms. Wall-mounted thermostats control the room temperature. VTACs are available with either resistance heat or a heat pump. Industry experts agree that the heat pump version, which costs about $100 more per room, is the most energy efficient. All heat pump VTACs have backup electric heat that kicks in when the heat pump can no longer do the job.

There are different reasons for opting for VTACs, but cost is an important one. They are less expensive than having two PTACs. Looks are also important. It looks like you have central air system and it can be quieter. They give you a more home-like feel and these days people love feeling right at home when they are on the road.

The VTAC system is made up of several components which consists of the main chassis, a wall plenum, a access panel and/or return air grille, an exterior grille and a wall mounted digital thermostat to control the unit. Also some ducting is used which is field supplied. There are many applications in addition to hotels that a VTAC would be ideal for. This includes healthcare facilities, apartment buildings, and even private homes.

You can purchase a new VTAC directly from We offer the Friedrich Vert-I-Pak which are available in sizes ranging from 9,000 BTUs to 23,500 in both a heat/cool and heat pump model. Ask your RoomAire representative for more details on this exciting and cost effective air conditioning solution.


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  2. By and large, installing a ductless mini-split system will ring up for less than installing whole-home ductwork from scratch.