Ducted air conditioning: Are they better than other types of cooling systems?

Choosing the right air conditioner for your home or office can be a challenging decision to make, with so many options available in the market today.

Among the popular choices are ducted and split air conditioning systems. This article aims to provide an overview of the difference between ducted air conditioning vs. split system – looking at which is more cost-efficient and easier to maintain.

Ducted air conditioning

As the name suggests, installing a ducted air conditioning system requires ductwork in the walls and ceiling. Typically, the condenser or main unit is kept out of sight, usually in the attic, and a fiberboard air duct is mostly preferred for cooling systems because it is insulated. The ducted system inside is also connected to an outdoor unit for the cooling and ventilation.

Split system

With a split air conditioning system, the condenser is placed outdoors. It applies pressure to the refrigerant, which runs through tubing that is connected to the evaporator which is indoor.  Many split systems can connect up to four indoor units to one condenser.

Each type of system has advantages and drawbacks; consider these factors to help determine which option best meets your needs.

Split systems make sense for smaller spaces, such as a bedroom or kitchen. A ducted air conditioning system, however, can cool an entire home. Ducted air conditioning systems can also be zoned to cool only certain rooms or spaces.

This is also the reason why the installation of ducted air conditioning systems can be a bit more complicated and time consuming than split systems. It requires planning and space for ductwork, whereas split systems can simply be mounted on the wall or ceiling. However, just like split systems, ducted air conditioning systems are easy to operate once installed. Typically, they can be operated using remote controls or even a mobile phone app.

Ducted systems are also aesthetically more appealing as only the vents show.

Whatever type of air conditioning system you choose, it is important that a professional be contracted for the installation. Because there is no one-size-fits-all answer due to the fact that each individual, home, or office has different requirements, it is best to consider your budget and needs when making a decision on which type of air conditioning system to get.

Consult with a professional electrician, such as CLF Services, and let them know your needs, budget and requirements. CLF Services would be very happy to give suggestions and professional advice, so call today!