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PTACs can be an especially convenient solution for climate control on their own, but there’s always room for improvement. That’s why most PTAC brands offer a wide variety options for handy upgrades.

From the often-necessary PTAC sleeve to the very optional remote thermostat, here are 7 features and accessories worth considering for your PTAC unit.

1. PTAC Sleeve (Wall Sleeve)

As the name might suggest, a wall sleeve, or PTAC sleeve, is a necessity for installing a PTAC unit in a wall. They aren’t one-size-fits-all, so if you’re installing a new PTAC unit, be sure to get a PTAC sleeve with dimensions to match. However, if you’re replacing a previous unit of the same size, the existing PTAC sleeve should be fine without needing any change.

2. External Grille

Grilles attach to the side of the PTAC on the outside of your house. As long as your dimensions are correct, there’s no need to be too picky about which model you pick. And as with a wall sleeve, if you’re just replacing a previous PTAC unit of the same size, you’ll probably be able to reuse the grille.

3. Energy Saver Mode

Once the weather starts getting hotter and hotter (or colder and colder, depending on your climate), it’s easy for your energy bills to skyrocket if you aren’t careful. PTAC units with an energy saver mode can make a major difference. They’ll help keep you cool—or warm—without overdoing it too much on your energy usage.

4. Remote Thermostat

PTACs generally come with their own thermostats built in. However, a remote thermostat can provide a much more convenient approach to temperature control. Remote thermostats let you (or your guests) set the temperature in another spot in the room—perhaps somewhere higher than the PTAC unit itself. That way, no one has to kneel down to control the temperature, even if the PTAC is installed at floor level.

  • When installing a PTAC in a room that’s still being constructed, you’ll want to lay out the wiring for the thermostat before the walls are closed off.
  • When installing a PTAC in a finished room, you can find thermostats to mount on the wall. They’re often available from the manufacturer. However, they do have a pretty complicated installation process, so you might find it’s only worth the trouble if the room is still unfinished.

5. Drain Kit

Many customers won’t need a drain kit. They’re most often used for large hotels or condominiums. That isn’t the only use, though.

When PTACs operate, nearly all the condensate ends up back on the coil, increasing efficiency. But sometimes, condensate will spill out of the exterior grille. A drain kit will include drain fittings, gaskets, and a spout that attaches to the PTAC unit’s base pan. These redirect moisture through a hose, preventing excess condensate from spilling on the ground.

Drain kits will include drain fittings, gaskets, and spouts. These attach to the base pan of PTACs.

6. Multi-Speed Fan

Having the choice between multiple distinct fan speeds lets your guests customize noise level and airflow to suit their personal preferences. In fact, having multi-speed fans is one of the few reliable ways to be able to ensure consistent quiet operation.

The most basic model is a 2-speed fan, but there are plenty with more options than that, from 3-speed on.

7. Remote Control

In the era of TV, no one has to tell you what a remote control is. A PTAC remote control affords the same convenience for climate control. This handy accessory gives you—and your guests—control over your PTAC over a broad range. Anyone will be able to adjust operations without ever having to leave their chair, sofa, or bed.

Based on what other features the unit boasts, the remote can include temperature, fan speed, and any other factors to help create the ideal environment.

Still not sure exactly what you need? We can help.

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