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Ducted air conditioner: Are you looking to buy, service or repair one of them? Read below.
If you are looking to cool all areas of the property, ducted and multi-split systems are the best options for you. While both have some aspects that make them better than the other, here we’ll be focusing on the ducted air conditioners and the benefits of getting one for your home or office.
Ducted air conditioners are designed to control the temperature of the entire property from one central place. The main units in ducted air conditioners cool the air and then distribute it through a series of ducts to the different areas of your home or office. Additionally, there are also reverse cycle ducted systems that allow you to heat your property in the winter and cool it during the summer. These ducted systems are extremely versatile, meaning they can be installed underground, outside your property or on its roof, depending on the space available to you.
Adapting inverters to a ducted system allows it to operate at the speed necessary to maintain a constant temperature in your entire house, increasing its efficiency in terms of energy consumption. On the other hand, ducted systems without inverters continuously perform the on/off cycle to keep the temperature stable, making them consume more electricity.
This depends entirely on the size of your property, since the larger your house, the larger the ducted system will need to be. Consequently, the entire installation process will also be longer.
The actual cost of installation will depend on your house’s layout, as well as the material it is made of and the number of people living in it. Either way, on average, you will have to pay approximately $5,000 to install a ducted system on a small property, which can go up to around $10,000 for a one-story three-bedroom home.
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Ducted systems have features that can not be compared with any other equipment, and are great for most households. Above all, they are capable of cooling an entire house, creating a constant temperature. You’ll have peace of mind by knowing that wherever you are in the residence, it will be cool and comfortable. However, if you consider energy efficiency and do not intend to cool all rooms, you can “zone” the duct system, that is, you can program it to work only in the rooms you want. For instance, you may want to cool bedrooms at night, and the living room during daylight hours.
Moreover, ducted air conditioners go practically unnoticed because the only visible parts of these devices are their vents, which allow the circulation of cold air through the floor or ceiling. Its components are safely hidden during installation. So you no longer have to find a place to put a wall unit or try to decorate around air conditioning units, as you would with a split system. Also, although they are discreet, they are still easily accessible in case they need repair or maintenance.
Now, ducted systems are not an option for everyone; they can not be easily purchased from the store shelf, so to speak. Conversely, a ducted system must adapt perfectly to the size of your property. For this reason, it is necessary for a Sydney-based air conditioner professional to visit your property and design a custom solution, considering every aspect from the size of the air conditioning unit itself to the number of vents you need, as well as the number of areas to be cooled.
Some of the top brands of ducted air conditioners in Sydney include Mitsubishi Electric, Carrier, Toshiba, Actron Air and Braemar.
We’ve listed some of the main advantages and disadvantages of having a ducted system, to help you make an informed decision.
Before you decide to opt for a ducted air conditioning system, you need to understand a few things to see if it’s suitable for you.
There are many more prerequisites to installing ducted systems, such as a specialist team that can install it, a suitable home as well as a larger cost to be paid upfront. A full set up usually starts from around $8,000, but is dependent on the size of the house and the complexity of the work. In comparison, split systems are usually cheaper to install and you have the liberty to spread the cost over time by installing them only in one room at a time. Other than the installation cost, the units themselves start from around the $3,000 price mark.
Split system units can be cheaper than a ducted system because they can run on an individual basis. However, as mentioned earlier, zoning the ducted air conditioning system will help control where it is running, potentially allowing you to save on the electricity bills.
While window and split systems are effective for small or single rooms, you will require a larger 8kw unit for effective cooling in larger rooms. On the other hand, a ducted system is perfect for covering larger areas and controlling an even temperature throughout the house.
Noise issues with air conditioning have been drastically reduced with the advancement in technology. And even though split systems can be very quiet nowadays, ducted systems are even quieter. In fact, you never notice any sound and that is also appreciated by your neighbours.
Ducted systems win in being extremely discrete. The outlets for ducted air conditioners are small, flat and integrated in the ceilings. On the other hand, window air cons or split units are buky and visible in the house, mounted on the wall. Both split and ducted systems have outdoor units, called compressors outside your property.
Some homes simply cannot accommodate ducted air conditioning because they don’t have any roof space. If the house has two floors, there might be an issue with running the ducts downstairs, meaning it might be a little difficult to get cooling or heating downstairs with this system. Sometimes, homeowners have a mix of both systems in such situations – with a ducted system upstairs and split units downstairs. With split units, you will have to accept a bulky unit in your house whereas both systems will require an external unit to be installed.
Even though any air conditioning system will be affected by environmental factors (including birds and other animals getting to the internal system), ducted systems usually last longer than any other. On average, a ducted system will last for about 10 to 15 years before the need to replace any major components. On the other hand, split systems usually last for 5 to 10 years before needing replacement. In any case, regular filter cleaning and proper maintenance will help add life to any air conditioning unit and a lack of it will shorten it. No matter what system you decide to go with, you will need to get them serviced on regular internals, staying on top of cleaning the filters.
Before we talk about the potential risks, just keep in mind that air conditioning units that are regularly maintained, regularly serviced, and timely replaced if and when needed, should never pose any significant risk to your house. However, a poorly maintained ducted system will become contaminated and that can lead to illnesses getting spread with health risks. And while a general service will keep your air conditioner clean, you will sometimes need to get an ‘eco-clean’ service for a thorough job of removing the contaminants.
Ducted systems are typically reverse cycle, meaning they will also work as heaters. While this feature is now also available in split units, it isn’t as effective as it is in ducted systems.
It usually takes one full day to install a ducted system. However, the actual time will depend on the complete job. If you are going to place the unit in the roof space, tin sheets or tiles, you might have to first get them removed to be able to fit the indoor fan coil inside.
There will be a need to locate a suitable outdoor area for the external unit to be placed. It will need to be as unobtrusive as possible and placed in an area that will not cause any annoyance to the neighbours. If the unit is not located close to other homes then there will be no problem with the noise, since most of the leading brands are making ducted systems that are super quiet.
The ducted system’s fan coil is mainly composed of an internal unit installed on the roof of the house and a series of ducts that reach pre-established areas of the property to keep them cool. From these ducts, each room can be heated or cooled separately, which is called zoning. This is done using the thermostat on the wall, which allows you to select temperature and other settings. The ease of cooling the entire property is evident here, and if you are building a new home or doing major renovations, then a ducted system becomes a viable option.
As you plan to have a ducted air conditioning system installed in your house, there are a few things you’ll have to consider. Some of the most important factors will include:
The capacity of cooling for your ducted system will determine how large a system you will need to buy for your house. They can range anywhere from 10kwh to 27kwh. Some of the considerations that will help determine the cooling capacity will include:
In case you are confused by the above information, you can always get in touch with us and our team will be more than happy to figure out the entire area and th perfect cooling solution for your house.
Because the ducted air conditioner will need to run all year round, it will be essential for you to keep the noise to a minimum. As you discuss your different options with us, we will help you look for a ducted air conditioner that will keep the noise levels as low as possible.
Australia has a set of Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) that are used by manufacturers to keep the costs of running ducted systems low. The next time you shop for a ducted air conditioning system, you’ll need to be sure to find one that complies with MEPS and offers a good energy efficiency.
As discussed earlier, ducted air cons can be installed on a variety of home layouts and designs. However, on the flip side, it is also possible to get the wrong installation on a house that will do more harm than good. To get the best cooling effect and energy savings, you will need to get the ducted air conditioning system installed by a team of professionals, such as HunterCON. Get all the information you need on how the air conditioner will be installed and who will be doing the work. You want only certified individuals to be working on something so technical.
Every ducted system has to be maintained at least once each year for a professional technician, to ensure that they keep running efficiently. There are also ways in which you can take care of the ducted system on your own to keep the system running efficiently and smoothly all year round.
It is important that you always find out more about the maintenance you’ll have to perform on your own and the cost of the annual maintenance, so that there are no unpleasant surprises. It will be a good idea to go for a ducted air conditioning system that will help you change the filters on your own without bringing a professional to do the job every few months.
HunterCON Air is hands down your best choice if you want to:
Moreover, HunterCON Air offers you:
Here at HunterCON Air, we offer a solid 5 years installation warranty. That means you have complete peace of mind on the quality of the installation of your ducted system. This is why our customers love us and continue to hire us for upgrades and further installations.
If we assume that the electricity consumption rate is 35c per kWh, we can expect an expense of between $1.85 per hour to keep your property warm in winter and $3 per hour to keep it cold in summer. This will vary depending on the energy efficiency of your system and the number of rooms you want to cool or heat.
To keep your ducted system running efficiently a qualified technician should service it every 12 months.
It depends on the unit brand and model, but, on average, the useful life of a well-cared ducted system should last 20 years. After this period, its effectiveness is reduced, since its components are susceptible to wear or breakage.
While it is possible to upgrade or retrofit compatible ducted air conditioning systems with smart control technology, there are higher costs than if you had installed iZone from the outset.
Typically, you will need to pay upwards of $1000 to $1500 to upgrade your system as it usually involves the following labour and material costs:
Find out more about our smart air conditioning solutions for new home builds and air-con installation.
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There are many reasons why more and more people want to hire HunterCON Electrical and Air’s services. It is not only because we have trained professionals who do their job to perfection, but also because of the rest of the staff who make it all possible and leave smiles on the faces of our valued clients. Indeed, HunterCON Electrical and Air offers you the following:
We pride ourselves on our ability to provide reliable, hands-on service that you can count on, no matter the size of the job. Having a nimble team means that we can offer ongoing support to our clients, and see that you always know who you are talking to.
From consultation to installation to maintenance, attention to detail and customer satisfaction is at the core of the HunterCON ethos. We look forward to working with you!
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