Benefits of Ducted Air Conditioning
Before we get into why ducted air conditioning is beneficial for you, it is important to know what it is! Ducted air conditioning systems come in a concealed unit, usually in the roof space of your property. The cool air is directed to multiple rooms via a system of concealed ducting with only vents being visible. With Australia’s weather fluctuations, you can bet ducted systems will create a favourable and relaxing environment.
Choosing a proper air conditioner is an important decision. It should be based on several factors including the price, energy efficiency, the size of the space that needs to be cooled, and your personal preferences. If you are trying to decide whether you should purchase a ducted air conditioner, here is the list of benefits of this type of aircon.
The refrigeration system of ducted air conditioners is powered by electricity, and it can be controlled from one single point. But not only that, from that same point, you can adjust the temperature in every room of your home. You can easily control every duct in each corner of your house. Moreover, the same system dehumidifies the air and cools it down according to your preferences. This is especially convenient for individuals who suffer from asthma or allergies.
Depending on the model you install, you may have the option of turning off the cooling in the rooms you may not be using. A zoned system, however, is a little more costly. Luckily, this should be considered as an investment that will eventually pay off, because zoning increases the energy efficiency of the system. Without zoning, all rooms would be cooled down equally which would result in a high electricity bill.
The zoning system includes several thermostats connected to the control panel. Sensors are located in the ductwork and send a signal to the flex dumpers that constricts or blocks the air going through the ductwork. This allows you to set up a different temperature in your living room, bedroom, or bathroom. Also, if needed, you can turn the air conditioning off in selected areas.
Reversible Cycle Unit
Some ducted systems come with the ability to heat your home during winter. If you decide to install a reverse cycle system, it will help you avoid the additional cost of purchasing a separate heating system. Needless to say, these devices are more expensive than the ones that can be used only for cooling, but you can still save money by purchasing one device instead of two.
And not only that, the reverse cycle system will reduce the number of ducts installed. Therefore, a reverse cycle unit is an aesthetically more suitable option.
In order to choose the right reverse cycle system, you will have to take your floor plan into consideration, the size and position of windows and doors, the material your house is made of, whether there is insulation, ceiling space, outdoor space and whether it consists of a three phase electricity supply. It would also be favourable to know the purpose every room serves in order to inspect its heating/ cooling requirements. One of the most important things when it comes to dusted systems, both regular and reverse, is that the insulation of the ducts avoids energy loss while air travels from the unit to the destination which needs to be cooled or heated.
Ducted air conditioning systems require installation in a single space in the roof or ceiling. The quintessence of the installation is that the decor of your home will not be affected. Split systems, on the other hand, include an indoor unit that is being attached to the wall, which is much more noticeable.
A team of professionals will thoroughly inspect your ceiling cavity, plan the location of both the indoor and outdoor unit. They may also cut a hole in the ceiling to place the air grille which is barely detectable.
Make sure that your electrical switchboard and mains are properly inspected before you make a purchase. Older homes might require an electrical upgrade. Also, make sure that there is a three-phase power because some systems cannot run on one phase.
The Bottom Line
Ducted air conditioning has several advantages over the split system. It allows you to set a different temperature for each room of your house which can come in handy if you prefer to sleep in a cooler area for example, while you want a higher temperature for your kids’ room. This feature is also convenient for individuals with asthma or other health conditions. Regulating the system for every room separately is what we call zoning, and it is only possible with a ducted air conditioning system.
Moreover, ducted systems will not mess up the interior of your home. All you can see are grilles installed on the ceiling. Split system, on the other hand, requires installation on the wall.
Whether you are looking to buy an air conditioning unit or need to get your unit serviced, whatever the task, Air-Rite will always be able to provide helpful solutions and advice. Visit Air-rite to uncover some of the units we currently have on special!