A closer look into Split and Ducted systems – which heating option is the best for me?

Brisbane’s mild spring does not seem so far away; however, 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 wide world, we challenge you to take a closer look at the two main types of AC systems. So here’s a good topic to think about when it comes to heating your home during a chilly winter night: Split or Ducted system – which one is the best for me?

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Why having 2 separate devices when you can have just 1 doing both jobs? Nowadays, you can choose an air conditioner that has both cooling and heating options, keeping 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 Systems – where, when and what use them for?

The split system comes as “Cooling only” or Reverse Cycle when it is 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 in ducted air con’s case, due 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 in any location within the house, directly onto the walls. If your unit requires repairs, it is generally cheaper, easier and faster to fix, service or replace due to its relatively small size.

Ducted Systems – where, when and what use them for?

The ducted system is generally 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, which we’ll talk about further.

While split systems are used to heat a single room, ducted systems are designed to meet the entire home 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 the 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!

Stay warm and well-informed!

Your friend and AC expert,

John Ricca

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