A split system air conditioning, commonly referred to as a ‘split AC’, is a popular and efficient method of cooling indoor spaces. It consists of two main components: an indoor unit and an outdoor unit, connected by refrigerant lines and electrical wiring.
The indoor unit is typically installed inside the room or space that needs cooling, often mounted on a wall or ceiling. This unit contains the evaporator coil and a fan, which circulates cool air into the room. Meanwhile, the outdoor unit houses the condenser coil, compressor, and a fan to release heat from the refrigerant into the outdoor air.
The split system air conditioning works by circulating refrigerant between the indoor and outdoor units. The compressor in the outdoor unit pressurises the refrigerant, turning it into a hot, high-pressure gas. It then flows to the indoor unit where it releases heat, cooling down and becoming a low-pressure liquid. This cool liquid evaporates in the indoor unit, absorbing heat from the indoor air in the process. The cycle repeats to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature.
Split system air conditioning offers energy efficiency, quiet operation, and individual temperature control for different rooms, making it a popular choice for residential and small commercial spaces.
A split system air conditioning offers several benefits. Firstly, it provides efficient cooling by separating the noisy and heat-producing components (compressor and condenser) outdoors, ensuring quiet indoor operation. Additionally, it allows for precise temperature control in individual rooms or zones, optimising comfort and energy usage. Split systems are relatively easy to install and require minimal maintenance. They’re also energy-efficient, reducing electricity bills and environmental impact. Finally, their sleek design and flexibility in placement make them aesthetically pleasing and suitable for a variety of settings, enhancing both comfort and interior aesthetics.
Outdoor mounted directly behind indoor unit.
Indoor unit 90° to outdoor location.
Indoor unit mounted far away from outdoor location (<15m). Drain same wall as indoor unit.
Domestic ducted air conditioning, also known as central or whole-house ducted air conditioning, is a comprehensive climate control system designed for residential homes. It offers a centralised cooling and heating solution that distributes conditioned air throughout the entire house via a network of hidden ducts and vents.
The system consists of several key components:
Central Unit: This is typically installed in an inconspicuous location, like the roof or a dedicated utility area. It houses the main components, including the compressor, evaporator coil, and fan, which are responsible for cooling or heating the air.
Ductwork: A series of insulated ducts run through the walls, floors, or ceilings of the home, connecting the central unit to various rooms or zones. These ducts transport the conditioned air to where it’s needed.
Registers and Vents: In each room, there are registers or vents that allow conditioned air to enter. These can be adjusted to control the airflow and temperature in individual spaces, providing customized comfort throughout the home.
Domestic ducted air conditioning offers several benefits:
Uniform Comfort: It provides consistent cooling or heating to every room, eliminating hot or cold spots that can occur with other systems like window units or split systems.
Aesthetically Pleasing: The ducts and vents are hidden from view, preserving the interior design and aesthetics of the home.
Quiet Operation: Since the noisy components are centralized, the system operates quietly, contributing to a peaceful indoor environment.
Energy Efficiency: Ducted systems are often more energy-efficient than single-room solutions, helping to reduce energy bills while maintaining comfort.
However, installation can be more complex and costly, and it may require adequate space for ducts. Nevertheless, for larger homes or those seeking comprehensive climate control, domestic ducted air conditioning is a highly effective and convenient choice.
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