A ducted air conditioner is the ultimate when it comes to cooling and heating, providing a cosy cool and warmth in any space. It’s also generally clean, quiet and energy efficient, offering cheaper running costs than other systems.
But a ducted air conditioner isn’t exactly the cheapest and easiest system to install and maintain. If you’re deciding to get this kind of system, it is recommended to do a little bit of research.
Let us help you with that! In this blog, we’re putting together some of the most important things to know when choosing a ducted air conditioning system for your home or office.
What is a Ducted System?
A ducted system consists of a compressor and heat exchanger in an outdoor cabinet. The indoor unit contains a cooling coil and fans, tucked away from view in the ceiling cavity and connected to a series of ducts around the home or office, directing conditioned air into the spaces as needed.
Most Australian households prefer a ducted air conditioning system because of the quiet comfort it provides. However, this system requires a meticulous installation and maintenance process. A poorly installed ducted system may compromise performance.
A typical ducted air conditioner consists of the following features:
- Vents – They come in a variety of designs and are typically installed in the ceiling or walls
- Controller – The controller of the ducted system is hard-wired and mounted on the wall. You can either have one controller for the entire system or have one for every room in the property.
- Sensors – The sensors allow users to keep the room at targeted temperatures.
Other systems also allow for a home or office to be divided into zones. This allows users to turn off air conditioning in certain rooms while the rest are operating and to set different climate levels for each area as needed.
Choosing a system
Some home and business owners already incorporate a ducted system into a property under construction. This way, it will be easier to install and run the system. But for those who are purchasing a ducted system and having it installed in an existing structure, here are some of the things that need to be factored in:
- The property’s floor plan – levels, room dimensions (including ceiling height), etc.
- Windows and doors – position, orientation and size
- Level of insulation
- Construction – full brick, weatherboard, etc.
- Ceiling cavity space (where the indoor units will be placed)
- Outdoor space limits (where the outdoor unit will be installed)
- Number of people occupying the property
- Usage of each area – are they for sleeping, for working, for cooking, etc.
Most contemporary air conditioning systems are now made to be energy efficient. While window and split systems typically come with energy rating labels, ducted systems don’t.
Purchase and running cost
Good quality ducted systems today could cost between $2,000 and $7,000. The cost to run this type of system, however, can be twice the amount, depending on the following:
- Type of system
- Energy efficiency
- You home or office’s floor plan, level of insulation and size of windows
- Length of time the system is operating
- Electricity tariff
We hope this guide can provide you with the information you need in getting a ducted air conditioning system for your installs. If you’re looking for good quality brands of ducted ACs at wholesale prices, you’re welcome to browse our product range.