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When choosing the right air conditioning for your home, you will likely face the challenge of which system you choose –  ducted or split system.

Both ducted air conditioners and split system air conditioners have their advantages and disadvantages. So it is important that you look at all the pros and cons and decide which is best to suit your home – and more importantly keep that energy bill down.

This is one of the most asked questions at Streamline Air. So what are the pros and cons of ducted air conditioning vs split system air conditioners?

 

Ducted Air Conditioning

Ducted air conditioning has a lot of advantages, and is recommended for larger homes. Particularly if you want whole home cooling/heating.

How Ducted Air Con works

A system of ducts are placed throughout the home (either in the ceiling, floor or wall). The system runs through the roof which minimises how much of the air conditioner is on display in the home.

Advantages of Ducted Air Con

Discreet: Unlike a split system, ducted air is very discreet. The ducts are in the roof and blend in well with the ceiling. The control panel is usually a flat panel (similar to a home alarm) that is in the wall.

Better cooling options: Allows reverse cycle so you can cool and heat your home. There is also better climate control and air flow using a ducted system.

Allows zoning: You can have set zones in your house so that you don’t have to heat every room in your house. This allows you to efficiently run your system with only the most used rooms in the house – or your can run it throughout the entire house if you wish.

Disadvantages of Ducted Air Con

Costly: To install ducted air conditioning you are looking at a larger investment compared to the split system. This is due to the complexity of the system.

Higher running costs: Usually as you are running a larger system the ongoing running costs of ducted air will be larger. However, if your home is larger it would be more efficient to have ducted as it can do whole house heating/cooling.

 

Split System Air Conditioner

How a split system works

A system of ducts are placed throughout the home (either in the ceiling, floor or wall). The system runs through the roof which minimises how much of the air conditioner is on display in the home.

Advantages of Split System Air Con

Low cost: Split systems are smaller and therefore have a lower startup cost. They generally have lower running costs too – providing it is only used for a smaller space or house.

Easy installation:  As there is no duct work to install, the units are easy to set up and get started.

Disadvantages of Split System Air Con

Bad for large spaces: If you have a large hour then a split system isn’t as efficient. You may need more than one split system unit to cool/heat your entire house.

Not discreet: A split system will sit on the wall of a room, so for those who wants something that doesn’t stand out then ducted is the better option.

 

Give our office a call for more information on Streamline Air’s product range split system and ducted air conditioning units.