What is a split system?
This AC type is literally split into two parts: an internal unit and an external unit. The internal unit is installed on the wall inside the room that needs cooling. This outlet portion is in charge of circulating the air that is cooled by the compressor that sits outside. The two halves are connected by refrigerant pipes.
The internal unit is mostly controlled through remote control (although the unit itself usually has at least one on/off button). This lets you set not only the desired temperature but also automatic power and fan speed.
A single split system is a one-to-one relationship between the outlet and the condenser. In a multi-split system, you can have more than one outlet (typically one per room you want cooled) all managed by a single external unit.
What setting is suitable for a split air conditioning?
This system is great for people living in small homes and apartments that have limited space. These A/C types are ideal for homes that don’t have a ducted system installed already. They’re also relatively easier to install and less expensive than ducted systems. They can also be good for people who suffer from allergies since they have easy-to-clean filters and none of the build up that can come with ductwork.
The benefits of this AC type
Modern split systems can include added features designed to keep harmful and toxic dust particles, debris, and pollen at bay. This means your house will be less of a breeding ground for serious allergies or breathing issues like asthma.
AC also promotes reduced humidity, which helps in preventing mold and bacteria from growing in your house while keeping away any dust mites that love the presence of dampness. Modern air conditioners and split systems come with HEPA filters, which are very powerful filtration tools. Overall, people suffering from allergies will find split AC systems very useful in combating harmful particles in the house.
This AC system is also great for targeting specific areas for comfort while remaining affordable. You can cool a main living room and master bedroom as needed while leaving an unused spare room to regulate its own temperature. Not only will you not pay for a unit, or ductwork, that you don’t need, you’ll also save on energy bills by running air con where and when you need it.
Factors to consider when choosing a split system
These systems can vary a lot in many factors and features, which in turn can impact the price of the uniti and overall installation. Here are some of the most important you’ll need to keep in mind:
- Room size: Choose an air con with the right capacity for your space. If the unit is too small, you’ll overpay for energy consumption, whereas an oversized unit will turn on and off too frequently.Installation: Choose a licensed and insured professional who will optimize the performance of the unit for your space.
- Noise: Choose an air con with noise levels under 50dB so your space stays both cool and quiet.
- Efficiency: Choose a unit with a multiple-star EER rating for energy efficiency. More stars means it will consume less power, and you’ll save on your electricity bills.
- Filters: Choose a unit with HEPA filters you can easily clean or replace. This will ensure clean air while enhancing energy efficiency and cooling performance.
- Coils: Condenser coils made of copper tend to cool faster and are easier to maintain with a longer lifespan and anti-corrosive properties
How to choose the best brand for your needs
Then there’s brand name, and each will take the above factors into consideration and manufacture quite differently. How do you choose the best for you?
Start by ranking how important each factor is to you. If noise is not a concern, you don’t need to look for models with low sound ratings.
Next, consider the warranty that’s offered. This can go a long way in the event you run into trouble with your unit. Most are going to last 10-15 years, with the higher-end units coming with longer guarantees. Keep in mind that these are usually limited warranties and don’t protect against things like improper installation.
Top AC brands
You’ll probably recognise a few of the names on this list. That’s because we only recommend the top brands for our customers to consider.
But what makes a Samsung stand out from a Daiken, or vice versa? This ultimately comes down to where you plan to install it and what factors are most important to you.
- Offers reverse-cycle models that will heat spaces for commercial use
- Includes timer programming to schedule operation when you need it
- Demonstrates strong dehumidifying capabilities for dryer spaces and air
- Capable of automatic restart and silent air flow modes.
- Considered extremely efficient when it comes to power usage
- Models range in capacity from 2.5KW up to 9.4KW
- Fast-acting heat modes to bring temperatures up when needed
- Great for residential and commercial spaces
- Options for wall, ceiling, and rack mount installation
- Contain fewer moving parts for greater reliability
- Include direct free cooling leveraging ambient air temperatures
- Optimal for commercial and IT spaces such as data centers