Ducted Air Conditioning

Ducted air conditioners are a centralised system that uses a network of ducts to distribute conditioned air throughout your entire home or building. This system is controlled by a single controller, but can function in multiple zones, providing you with the flexibility to cool or heat different rooms at different intervals. 

Ducted air conditioners typically consist of a single indoor unit, which can be installed either below the floor or in the ceiling, paired with a single outdoor unit. It works in a similar way to split air conditioning systems, in that the cooling function takes out warm air and replaces it with cool air, with the heating function achieving the opposite results. 

Benefits of Ducted Air Conditioners

  1. Whole Home or Whole Building Air Conditioning: Ducted air conditioners are designed to condition an entire home or building efficiently. They can effectively distribute conditioned air to multiple rooms through a network of ducts, ensuring consistent and even air conditioning throughout the space.
  2. Zoning Capability: Ducted air conditioners often have zoning capabilities, allowing you to divide your space into different zones or areas that can be conditioned independently. This means you can adjust the temperature in specific zones based on individual preferences and usage patterns, optimising energy efficiency and comfort.
  3. Hidden Installation: Ducted air conditioners are installed discreetly, with the main components hidden in the ceiling, floor, or walls. Only the vents or grilles are visible, creating a clean and unobtrusive aesthetic in your living areas or working space.
  4. Enhanced Aesthetics: Since the main components of ducted air conditioners are concealed, you have more freedom to design and decorate your space without the presence of visible air conditioning units. This can be particularly appealing for those who prefer a seamless and minimalistic interior design.
  5. Reduced Noise: Ducted air conditioners are known for their quiet operation. The main noise generating components, such as the compressor and condenser fan, are located outside the living or working areas. This ensures that the indoor environment remains peaceful and undisturbed.
  6. Improved Energy Efficiency: Ducted air conditioners can be designed with energy efficient features such as variable speed air handlers and programmable thermostats. These features allow for precise temperature control, reduced energy consumption, and potential cost savings on energy bills.
  7. Better Air Distribution: Ducted air conditioners often include air filters that help improve indoor air quality by trapping dust, allergens, and other particles as the air is circulated. Additionally, the balanced airflow provided by ducted systems helps eliminate hotspots and drafts, ensuring a
    comfortable and consistent climate throughout the space.
  8. Integration with Smart Home Technology: Many modern ducted air conditioners can be integrated with smart home technology, allowing you to control and monitor your system remotely. This adds convenience and flexibility to your lifestyle, enabling you to adjust settings, scheduling your system to turn on or off at specific times, and receive energy usage data from
    your smartphone or other connected devices.

Ducted Air Conditioners vs. Individual Split Systems

When your goal is to condition just one or two rooms within your home, opting for a split system air conditioner might be the more economical choice. Split systems are not only cost-effective to operate but also come with a more budget-friendly installation cost.

In contrast to a split system, ducted air conditioning offers comprehensive air distribution throughout your entire home. Ducted systems are favoured for their capacity to cool and heat individual rooms independently. Additionally, for individuals who prefer a more discreet appearance and don’t want visible split systems, ducted air conditioning units can be seamlessly installed within the ceiling or beneath the floor.

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Ducted Air Conditioners vs. Multi Head Split Systems

Multi head split systems enable the connection of two or more indoor units to a single outdoor unit, making them an ideal choice for those seeking to condition two or more rooms within their home or business. This type of system allows each room’s air conditioning to be individually adjusted, but unlike ducted air conditioners, these are not able to be controlled through a single unit. This is a more affordable solution and is particularly suitable for those facing space constraints, such as limited ceiling or floor space, which may not be conducive for a ducted air conditioner installation.

Ducted air conditioners excel at quickly providing comprehensive cooling and heating for an entire house or building. Due to their advanced zoning and control options, ducted systems are able to be customised to suit the specific needs of everyone in the house, but do require more space and come at a higher price point.

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Ducted Air Conditioner Maintenance

Regular maintenance is essential for ducted air conditioners to ensure optimal performance. It is recommended to schedule an annual service performed by a certified air conditioning technician in order to guarantee that your air conditioner runs optimally and safely, thereby extending your systems lifespan.

Ducted air conditioners have filters that require periodic cleaning, typically every 3-6 months depending on usage frequency. Cleaning these filters is a straightforward task that you can tackle on your own if you have the necessary knowledge. Alternatively, if you prefer, a qualified air conditioning technician can handle this maintenance for you.

What Ducted Air Conditioning System Do I Need?

Determining the right ducted air conditioner for your needs can pose a challenge. With a multitude of unit variations, brands and capacities available, the selection process can be overwhelming. That’s why we recommend reaching out to our team of certified air conditioning technicians before making any purchase decisions. Our team of knowledgeable technicians possess the expertise to guide you in choosing the most appropriate system for your space and budget.

Installing Ducted Air Conditioners

It’s important to consult with a professional and licensed air conditioning technician to ensure your ducted system is installed properly. This not only helps to guarantee safety, but helps to improve the overall performance and lifespan of your system. 

Still Have Questions?

If you still are not sure what air conditioning system is right for you, contact our friendly and qualified team at Woods Air Supply. We will be happy to assess your specific air conditioning requirements and help determine what system is the right choice for your space. We can help design and install any type of air conditioning system to effectively meet your needs.

For a quote on installing, repairing or servicing any ducted air conditioning system, contact the friendly team at Woods Air Supply today!

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