Thinking about installing ducted air conditioning? Well, here are some things to think about.
Ducted air conditioning systems are one of the most common types of air conditioners, alongside spilt system air conditioners. Ducted air conditioning is an air conditioning system, where its internal ceiling unit sends air throughout a house through ducting pipes and vents in each room.
Ducted air conditioning works in a similar way to split system conditioners, where an indoor unit connects to an outside unit. However, with ducted air conditioning the indoor central unit is located in the ceiling of a home. The internal unit has an internal fan coil inside it which connects to the ducting. The ducting is a system of insulated pipes either installed in the floor or ceiling to circulate cool air around the home. Air is released into the home by vents installed in each of the rooms in the home. To control the temperature and timing, there is a control panel which can programme and alter settings.
Zoning is an additional feature, which can be added to a ducted air conditioning unit. With zoning, users can control the temperature or the flow into individual rooms or zones by the control panel. Basically, the user can decide which rooms need air conditioning at that time, instead cooling or heating the entire home. Also the temperature can be set at different levels in different zones in the house.
As with all air conditioners, the ducted air conditioner system works on the heat pump cycle, which is basically the movement or pumping of heat from one place to another to create cool or warm air.
If you decide on a ducted system, you may choose to only have a cooling-only or heating-only model, depending on your needs and the environment and climate in which you live. If you require both cooling and heating, you will need a ducted system with a reverse cycle system. A reverse cycle system can reverse the heat pump process cycle as mentioned above, allowing either cool or warm air to be distributed.
A ducted system is quite an investment. Costs can range between $8,000 to $15,000. The cost range will depend on the type of premises.
The type of ducted air conditioner required in your home is based on a lot of different factors. Ducted air conditioners are individualistic in their design and installation, so therefore the costs are more. A professional installer will need to inspect your home and discuss your air conditioning needs, before giving a quote.
It is expensive:
There are extensive installation requirements:
Ongoing maintenance and repair: As with any large mechanical system, ongoing maintenance and repair is necessary and will obviously be more expensive than a smaller split system. Just due the internal nature of the system, adds to repair costs and the entire home will be without air conditioning until it’s fixed.
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