Split air con system or ducted system?

A closer look at which heating option is the best for you

Brisbane’s mild spring doesn’t seem so far away; yet this last week’s overnight temperatures still make us turn the heat on and cuddle up in our soft, cosy blanket!

Whether you’re a pro or just a beginner in the climate control world, it’s a great idea to take a closer look at the two main types of air con systems. A good topic to think about when heating your home during a chilly winter night is: split or ducted air conditioner system – which one is the best for me?

Today’s air conditioners have both cooling and heating options, to keep your home cold in summer and warm in winter. While performing a similar function, split and ducted systems can be beneficial for certain types of homes. Let’s do a deep dive into both air con types, understand their features, advantages and disadvantages, and eventually see which one is the perfect fit for you.

Split air con systems – where, when and what to use them for

The split system comes as either a “cooling only” model, or a reverse cycle unit that can be used for both heating and cooling.

Considering its focus to heat smaller areas such as one room within the house, it is proven to be very energy efficient. A single unit is, therefore, less expensive to buy and have installed, though this may slightly change if you want to install one in every room. Plus, running costs on split systems are generally lower than for a ducted air con, thanks to their lower energy demands. They also tend to be quieter than the ducted heaters, especially the latest models.

A split system is very flexible, as it can basically be installed directly onto the walls in any location within the house. If your unit requires repairs, it is generally cheaper, easier and faster to fix, service or replace due to its relatively small size.

Ducted air con systems – where, when and what to use them for

The ducted system is also known as central heating, and is a lot more complex than the other heating types. It can be run by a gas driven heater or a reverse cycle air conditioning system.

While split systems are used to heat a single room, ducted systems are designed to meet your entire home’s heating needs. Although they require more energy in order to provide a large amount of heat, they may be cheaper to run for the long term. This is mainly due to the zoning feature, allowing you to set and control the temperature in each area of your home via the thermostat or even turn it off in unused spaces.

A ducted system is also very discreet as the unit is installed out of sight (typically in the roof) and you can only see the vents where warm air comes from, making you feel nice and cosy. If noise also weighs a lot in your decision-making process, then a ducted system is a great choice for quiet and smooth climate control option.

No matter what system might look more promising to get you through this winter, think on the long run and consider your budget, size and requirements of the building, as well as your lifestyle needs.

Remember: the more you know, the better you choose! For an obligation-free quote call Jaric Group on 1300 452 742 or get in touch online. One of our qualified technicians will be happy to assist you.

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