What’s the difference between ducted and split system air conditioning

Whether it’s the hot Adelaide summer or the cold and wet Australian winter, you want an air conditioning system that is effective and efficient. There are a range of options available, and if you are thinking about making this much-needed addition to your home, you should know the difference between a ducted system and a split system.

Ducted air conditioning system

As the name suggests, a ducted system delivers the cool air to different areas of your house through a series of ducts (or vents). This system can be installed to send air into as many rooms as you wish and is a standard option for a house with several occupants. The system is installed in the roof and can be controlled with a remote from within the house. Many ducted air conditioning systems offer zoning options, which means that you can choose which areas of the home you wish to cool or heat at any one time.

The main differences between this system and split system air conditioning are the subtlety and the zoning capabilities. Compared to a split system, all that can be seen of a ducted system are the small ducts in each room. This is preferable to many homeowners as the appearance of a split system is quite prominent. However, this addition can be unnecessary if you only need a small area of your home cooled and heated. The installation is different to a split system and requires access to the roof space. This can be quite costly compared to a split system both in installation and power bills.

Split system

Split system air conditioning involves a small(ish) unit that is placed in the internal walls of a specific room in the house. A split system cools or heats the area directly in front of it, and is often used in open living spaces, which the large kilowatt systems can cool and heat sufficiently. These systems are easily installed, and companies like Richmond Air can ensure that the placement of a split system in your Adelaide home is correct. This ideal arrangement will mean the greatest efficiency for the area concerning cooling and heating.

Comparatively a split system option doesn’t have the full-home capabilities of a ducted system, however, the low initial cost of a split system is preferable to some. This option is different to the ducted system, as it is limited to a specific area. However, this is still an incredibly prevalent option for small homes who have sufficient heating and cooling in the rest of the home. These systems can also be added to the rooms that are more likely to house infants or the elderly who are much more sensitive to temperature, while the rest of the occupants are not.

Both options suit different budgets, homes and preferences. If you are still not sure what option best suits your lifestyle and layout, give the experts at Richmond Air a call and utilise their industry knowledge to come up with a solution.