How can you turn your entire home into an integrated cooling and heating system? When, why and how a ducted air conditioner may be the best solution for you?
Here is a practical guide that looks at both the PROs and CONs of ducted AC systems, while offering everything you need to (and must) know about your ducted air conditioning systems.
What is the mechanism behind a ducted air conditioner?
First of all, it’s a fact; ducted air conditioning has the ability to enable total climate control. If you don’t limit your choice to “Cooling-only” or “Heating-only” option, the “reverse-cycle” ducted systems respond to your entire home thermal comfort request.
On a technical level, it works by funnelling cool air from a central unit (usually installed in your roof) through a series of ducts to every room in your home.
The circulation of air is usually zoned, allowing you to control the airflow, temperature and number of zones you wish to cool/heat. By zoning, you will reduce the running costs and ensure optimal inside temperature for Queensland’s “hot-summers/cold-winters” Australian climate.
What is ducted air conditioning suitable for?
Before you buy or install a ducted air conditioning system, it is essential to know and review a few aspects such as the floor plan, type of construction, main use of each area, etc.
Remember this is a central climate control, so we recommend using a ducted system if:
- You want a system to cool and/or warm your entire home
- You want to control room-by-room temperature
- You want an even air distribution throughout your home during the hot summer days
What are the benefits of a ducted AC system?
- Ideal whole house solution for cooling and/or heating via the zoning system
Generally, ducted air conditioning is the preferred cooling system for homes with more than 4 bedrooms. Plus, the zoning option allows temperature control of each room.
- The most energy efficient systems available on the market
Modern ducted air conditioners are very efficient – for every kW of electricity consumed, three or more kW of heating or cooling capacity can be produced.
- Quiet operation and discreet appearance
Having the noise producing equipment in the ceiling, under the floor or outside the house, ducted air conditioning is the quietest of all the air conditioning options, being aesthetically blended into the design of the building.
- Reliable and long-lasting air conditioners
Combined with a correct routine maintenance, ducted air conditioners are built to last for many years.
What are the drawbacks of a ducted AC system?
- More expensive to install and maintain than the split systems
While it may not be the cheapest to buy, install and maintain a ducted air conditioner, it compensates by high levels of energy savings in the long run.
- Not an ideal option for a single room cooling/heating
If you just want to cool or heat one room, then ducted AC might be too much. In this case, a split system would be a smarter choice.
- Location requirements
Some homes cannot accommodate a ducted air conditioning system due to inadequate space, so we advise you to do a careful planning before installing one.
Until next time, stay cool and informed!
Your friend and AC expert,