If you’re seeking year-round comfort in our Queensland climate and wondering whether a ducted air conditioning or split system will be best for your property, this article is for you!
Some of the biggest factors are roof space and house layout, but there’s plenty to consider when making a decision about air conditioning.
In this blog, the air conditioning experts from Power Trip Services in North Brisbane answer all your questions, including:
- What is ducted air conditioning?
- What is split system air conditioning?
- What are main differences between the two? (And considerations to keep in mind)
What Is Ducted Air Conditioning?
Ducted air conditioning systems have a central fan coil unit installed in the roof space. From that unit there are numerous ducts in the ceiling cavity which move treated air into each room.
Standard ducted systems reach the entire house from a central control – allowing widespread heating or cooling, typically zoned into individual rooms or areas.
One of the biggest advantages of ducted air conditioning is that it tends to look better. There’s no cumbersome wall mounted indoor units required, rather a discrete vent in the ceiling or wall.
For every ducted system, an outdoor unit will also need to be installed.
What Is Split System Air Conditioning?
Split systems typically cool or heat the area or room just where the indoor unit is located and will struggle to cool or heat other parts of the property.
Split system air conditioning consists of two main parts – a unit mounted indoors (in each room) and a unit located outdoors.
The evaporator device is housed in the indoor unit. The compressor and condenser components are contained in the outdoor unit.
Piping, rather than ducts, connect the two units.
Main Differences between Ducted and Split Systems
1. Air Conditioning Installation
While ducted systems tend to be more complicated – and require careful consideration to design the best configuration to suit your needs – the end result is much slicker and gives homeowners greater flexibility with smart home integration options.
Here at Power Trip Services, ducted air conditioning is our speciality and unlike many others on Brisbane’s northside, we design your ducted system in-house to ensure you get the best system setup and help keep running costs as low as possible.
Click here to find out more about tailoring a ducted system to suit your home.
In comparison, the installation process for most split systems is more straightforward. While split systems also have a reputation for being cheaper overall this will depend on the property and your heating/cooling needs.
Power Trip Services offer several configuration options when it comes to split systems and will help you choose the best brand, size and mounting option depending on your budget and room.
Learn more or request a quote here.
2. Air Conditioning Servicing
We recommend at least one (1) service each year regardless of which type of air conditioner you have.
People who live in areas which are particular dusty or near the ocean should consider having a service more frequently.
3. Air Conditioning Performance
Ducted systems are effective at both covering large areas and heating or cooling specific zones.
Split systems are good at heating or cooling small spaces/rooms, but you can opt for larger units which are more powerful for those bigger open plan living spaces.
4. Air Conditioning Appearance
Inside the home, ducted air conditioning appears less obtrusive with outlets being placed on the ceiling (out of eyeline). They’re also typically quite small.
Whereas split system units indoors are more obvious due to their size and shape.
Both types of air conditioning have units which are located outdoors.
5. Air Conditioning Cost
Ducted systems tend to be more expensive to install, but costs can add quickly for those who choose split systems if you intend to install multiple units. Many of our clients are actually surprised to learn that ducted is often not that much more expensive.
This is why we always recommend reaching out to our friendly team who will discuss your individual needs and weigh up the best option with you.
6. Air Conditioning Noise
Generally speaking, ducted units tend to be quieter than split systems.
Although advancements in technology mean there are fewer issues with air conditioning noise.
Ducted Vs Split Systems
Want to discuss your air conditioning options and configuration?
Give the team at Power trip Services a call today on (07) 3385 5833.
The electrical and air conditioning specialists at Power Trip Services go above and beyond to tackle any complex installation, or electrical issue you throw our way.
We are leaders in our profession in North Brisbane, because we use our resourcefulness and ingenuity to deliver high-quality and affordable solutions every time. Our qualified technicians can even design your ducted air-condition in-house!
Not only do we pride ourselves on quality workmanship, but our outstanding service standards and promise to treat your property with the utmost respect, sets us apart from our competitors.