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To Duct or Not to Duct? Split Versus Ducted AC Systems

Many terms are confusing with air conditioning. It can be hard to figure out what kind of system you need or whether there is a more cost-efficient cooling solution for your home or office. This article will discuss the difference between the two main air conditioning systems: ducted and split. Read on!

Ducted Air Conditioning System

A ducted air conditioner system revolves around a single centrally located cooling unit. That cooling unit might be located in your garage or, more commonly, outside your home. It links to the condenser, which is a machine that vents excess heat outside, as well as a network of huge pipes that run to holes, or ducts, in your walls. The condenser and cooling unit are sometimes merged into a single unit. They are highly silent systems since the moving elements are positioned away from the ducts, and the ducts themselves are pretty tiny compared to a split system cooling unit.

Different portions of your home or building may be blocked off or prioritised using a system of ducts running throughout your home or structure, allowing you to chill your home or workplace zone by zone. This is especially advantageous in a large house since many rooms will not be inhabited all day, eliminating the need to spend energy chilling them down.

Split Air Conditioning System

A split air conditioning system is the most common system installed in homes and offices worldwide. It works by splitting the cooling unit into two parts. The condenser, which radiates heat outside, is separate from the compressor, compressing the refrigerant and cooling it.

The compressor and the condenser are located in the same device, an outdoor unit connected to your home or office air-conditioning system by a series of pipes or ducts. This makes it much easier to cool your entire home or office through a whole house or whole building split system. An outdoor unit is also easy to install and maintain.

Which One Should I Choose?

Most homes and businesses that want air conditioning will choose a split system. It is more flexible, cheaper in the long run, and less intrusive. However, if the cooling unit is to be located in a part of the home that is inconvenient, such as a basement, or if you live in a small apartment or a room in a larger apartment, then a ducted system may be the better choice for you.

When choosing an air conditioning system, the best thing to do is call in an expert. They will be able to help you choose the correct unit for your home, conduct a survey and even install it for you.


Is it ducted or split? The choice is yours.

As you can see, there are many pros and cons to both. However, it all comes down to what will work best for you. From a cost perspective, split systems are usually cheaper, and they allow you to install air-conditioning in larger spaces or spaces where it is challenging to install ductwork. However, ducted systems make it easier to zone off your house or office areas, and they can cool down your building much more quickly.

So it all comes down to what will work best for you. The best thing to do is to call in an expert who can do a complete survey of your home or office and recommend a system according to your individual needs.

Buderim Electrical is a quality after-hours 24 emergency electrician on the Sunshine Coast. We can offer a free quote to size up the area required and ensure that you get a great, reliable, cost-effective system that, most importantly, meets your budget. Request a booking or quote today by calling us on 0499 995 125.

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