Why Choose Ducted Air Conditioning vs Split System?
Ducted air conditioning vs split system – recently, we shared with you the differences between ducted air conditioning systems and split systems in this blog post.
In a nutshell, a ducted air conditioning system distributes heated or cooled air through a building via a series of ducts and vents from one central unit. In contrast, a split system configuration uses separate units for each room. Each of these units has two main parts – an internally mounted unit that pumps the air into the room and a bigger unit that is outside and contains the compressor and condenser components.
Today, we delve a little deeper and discuss reasons and circumstances when a ducted air conditioning system would be the best option to choose. We have identified six reasons for choosing a ducted air conditioner over a split system. They are:
- A ducted system can be cheaper to install.
- Depending on the building, a ducted system may be your only available option.
- A ducted system can be more effective and cheaper to run than a split system.
- A ducted system can be easier to maintain and service.
- Ducted air conditioning looks better.
- A ducted system can greatly increase the value of your home.
Let’s look at each reason in more detail.
A Ducted System Can Actually Be Cheaper To Install.
People often discover initially that installing a ducted air conditioning system is more expensive than a split system. However, when comprehensive planning and research is done, they can be surprised to find the costs are much more similar than they first thought.
Although a single split system unit is a much cheaper choice than a ducted one, multiple units would be required to cool or heat an entire home effectively. Depending on the floorplan of the building, the need to install 7 or 8 separate units is not uncommon.
If we consider the number of home alterations and the cost of each unit, where 7 or 8 units are needed, the price begins to accumulate very quickly.
Additionally, because Power Trip Services designs your ducted system in-house and tailors it to your individual requirements, you may find that a ducted system is more economical, even from the outset.
Depending on the Building, a Ducted System May Be The Only Option.
The construction of a building, and often its age, can determine the best system to use. For instance, when hazardous materials were used in the construction of the building, a split system may not be suitable due to the required invasive alterations.
A ducted air conditioning system is best when:
- Large areas need to be heated or cooled
- Heating and cooling are required to be “zoned” between living and sleeping areas that may (or may not) be in use at different times of the day
- You would prefer to avoid hot or cold spots in your home with evenly distributed airflow
- Your floorplan would benefit from a centrally controlled system
- The location and construction of your home would not allow multiple external units to be installed
- You have generous roof space and/or easy underfloor access
- There are hazardous materials such as asbestos in your home’s ceilings or walls
A Ducted System Can Be More Effective and Cheaper To Run Than A Split System.
When comparing air conditioning systems’ effectiveness and energy efficiency, a ducted system will usually come out on top. This is because the unit maintains a consistent temperature in each room and can be zoned to only cool or heat areas used throughout the day.
The zoning control offered with ducted air conditioning units means that occupants can set a schedule and timers for operation. The system switches on and off at optimum times of the day, with a set and forget configuration.
By automatically turning the system off in rooms that are not being used, or when it reaches the perfect temperature, less energy is consumed. This means lower electricity bills and a more environmentally friendly system.
Additionally, new technologies, such as inverter systems, can greatly increase efficiency and reduce running costs.
Maintenance and Servicing – Ducted Air Conditioning Vs Split System.
All air conditioners need regular servicing and maintenance to function optimally. Performance can be significantly affected if filters become blocked and motors become worn or seized.
However, because a ducted air conditioning system can be configured to turn off when not required, this type of unit can experience less wear and tear than a split system that is run constantly. And because there is only one central unit to maintain, the likelihood of breakdowns is reduced.
Another fact that is not well known is that the cost of a pc board for a ducted system is actually the same as one for a split system.
Ducted Air Conditioning Looks Better.
One of the biggest advantages of a ducted air conditioning system is the way it can seamlessly blend into the design of your home. Vents are installed into your ceiling or your floor to deliver unobtrusive airflow. Vents can also be powder coated to match the aesthetics of your home, providing an even more pleasing appearance.
In contrast, split systems require bulky units mounted to the wall and visible both internally and externally. They are difficult to cover and can be intrusive to the liveability that a space offers. You may also be restricted in the placement of furniture and objects due to the location of the wall-mounted unit.
Ducted Air Conditioning Increases the Value of Your Home.
Adding a ducted system to your home can add to the asking price if you decide to sell your home. This is due to the convenience and year-round comfort that comes with it and the improved aesthetics. Also, many buyers believe that a ducted air conditioning system comes at a premium installation cost, increasing the perceived value of a home.
More Benefits of Ducted Air Conditioning vs split system
Although we have identified six key reasons to choose a ducted air conditioning system vs a split system for your home, other factors contribute to it being a better choice.
A ducted system offers:
- Less noise than a split system
- More gentle airflow from roof-mounted or floor vents
- Year-round set and forget comfort
- More versatility and customisable design options
Power Trip Services are specialists in the design and installation of customised air conditioning systems. Our team looks at every project and plans it for your individual building, budget and lifestyle needs. We are available to offer expert solutions for even the most complex requirements and look forward to assisting you.
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. This sets us apart from our competitors.