What’s the Difference Between PTAC and VTAC Units?

Feb 14, 2023 | Hotel Technology Blog, Informational

Each of your hotel guests has their own specific comfort needs. As such, it’s vital that you have climate control systems that can accommodate factors like temperature range, airflow, and humidity. PTAC and VTAC systems are both premium solutions for motels, hotels, and resorts. However, while they might seem similar, they aren’t the same. Here, we’ll dive into the differences between PTAC and VTAC units and provide some tips for choosing the best one for your business.


To begin, PTAC—packages terminal air conditioning—units are independent AC and heating machines that require installation through the wall of your hotel rooms. They don’t rely on air ducts to operate. Therefore, they’re entirely self-contained and won’t impact the performance of other units in the building. Because of this, they’re a wonderful option for hotels to give their guests the option of controlling their room temperature.


VTAC—vertical terminal air conditioning—units have a vertical design that allows them to fit nicely in a closet. This allows you to better hide them from your guest’s view and enhance the visual appeal of the suite itself. VTAC units also operate independently, though you can hook them up to a series of rooms rather than just one. This, however, means they don’t always give individual hotel clients control of their particular rooms.


Now that you know the core difference between PTAC and VTAC units, you can decide which type you want for your hotel. PTAC models generally offer the most guest control at a more reasonable price. They aren’t always the most attractive, but they’re a subtle addition to any style of room in your business. VTAC products, on the other hand, can hide, but they are more expensive. They’re also harder to install independently in each room. So for a standard budget and performance, we recommend the PTAC variety.

Upgrade the experience of your hotel rooms with premium PTAC heating and cooling units. At Transworld, it’s important to us that every hotel has the appliances they need to promote a positive and comfortable environment for their guests. As such, we offer a plethora of quality PTAC products that can cool and heat each room with ease. With these products, the control is entirely in the guest’s hands.