All you need to know about split system air conditioning

Find out the pros and cons before you install

As summer arrives in South East Queensland, temperatures are slowly but surely rising up to the mid-30s. But before you set the thermostat to “full power”, take a moment to find out everything you need to know about your split system air conditioner.

What is the mechanism behind a split system air con?

As its name suggests, a split system air conditioner consists of two separate parts: the indoor unit that has an evaporative coil, and the outdoor unit that features the compressor and the condenser.

Technically, the system works by extracting hot air and humidity from the inside of your home and directing it outside through the compressor. Simultaneously, the refrigerants inside the compressor cool air from outside and transfer it through copper pipes (also known as “line-set”), where the chilled air is evenly blown throughout in the room. Think of it like an advanced filtration system.

What is a split system suitable for?

Split system air conditioners have become very popular in Australia, since they’re considered a practical cooling and/or heating option. However, this doesn’t mean they’re the ideal choice for every household.

We recommend using a split system air conditioner if:

  • You need to cool one larger room (where a portable system wouldn’t handle the pressure)
  • You live in a building that is suitable and approved to have a split system installed
  • You want to cool up to 4 rooms (then, choosing a multi-split over a ducted system may be wiser)

What are the benefits of a split system?

User-friendly device

The split system air con is quick and easy to operate, as the temperature is easily adjusted with a remote control.

Versatile and cost-effective installation

Unlike a window air conditioner, a split system can be installed almost anywhere. Since no major changes to the building are required, installation of a split air con also becomes less expensive than a ducted system installation.

Low maintenance costs

The indoor components of split system air conditioners contain filters which you can easily remove and clean “DIY”. Combined with a regular professional check at least twice per year, this will deliver an optimal performance.

Multi-purpose unit

If you don’t live in a climate where the “cooling-only” option is enough, then we highly recommend a reverse cycle split system. Having both cooling and heating capacities and offering many extra features, such as remote control options, timer, humidity control etc., it can be successfully used all year round.

Air purification

Another quality of a split system is that it purifies the air in your home, keeping it fresh and free of dust or other allergens. This can be a great benefit if you or any family members suffer from allergies or asthma.

What are the drawbacks of a split system air con?

Location sensitive

Split systems may not be appropriate for multi-storey apartments because of their two-part system. Additionally, the tubing connecting the units is limited to a certain length, which is why reviewing this aspect is very important before installing an air conditioner.

A pricy air con option

Normally, traditional air conditioners such as window units may be a lot cheaper to buy and have installed compared to the split systems. In the end, it’s quality, efficiency and comfort that make the difference.

Noisy units

While usually whisper-quiet on the inside, the outside compressor of a split system air conditioner can be quite noisy, so just keep your neighbours in mind when looking for a suitable location.

Talk to Jaric about split system air conditioners

For further information about split system air conditioning, call Jaric Air Conditioning today at 1300 452 742 or get in touch with us online.

 

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