You know that you want to upgrade your air conditioning and heating system to achieve improved performance, more energy efficiency and decreased climate-control spending. But determining which kind of system you need can prove more difficult.
For many homeowners, the decision comes down to either a whole-home central system or a split system. In this blog, we list six signs that a split air conditioner may keep your home comfortable more effectively than a central system.
- Incompatibility With Ducted Systems
If you have investigated the possibility of installing a ducted air conditioning system, you may have noticed some potential problems. Ducted systems require a lot of internal roof space, which reduces the access for any future works like changing light fittings etc.
If your home doesn’t have the space for a ducted system or is otherwise incompatible with a larger, more complex system, a split system might be the solution.
- Needed Upgrade for a Portable Unit
If you use a portable unit or a window-mounted unit to cool off a room at the moment, you might also think about finding a better option. Most split systems run more efficiently than a portable or window unit. In addition, a split system rests closer to the ceiling. Portable air conditioners can get in the way, and a bulky window-mounted unit sticks out much more than a sleek split-system unit.
- Flexibility Concerns
Traditional ducted air conditioners cool large areas effectively, but all rooms are set to the same temperature. If you need more flexibility, a split system might fit your situation better. Home and business owners can abandon less-efficient options and enjoy enhanced control over the temperature control in a specific room.
- Requirement for Quiet Operation
While ducted air conditioners have higher capacities, they also make more noise than split systems. A split system creates only low, quiet noises, making it ideal for homeowners with infants or noise-sensitive household members.
Split systems cause less of disruption in home offices, nurseries and other noise-critical areas in your home.
- Desire for Simple Installation
Designing and installing ducted systems requires planning and time, but a split system can be installed more quickly, especially if you’re worried about climate control in a few specific rooms. Split systems typically only need a single access hole for the wiring and copper tubing, and many technicians can install these systems in a single visit.
- Small Heating or Cooling Area
Traditional air conditioners allow you to cool large areas simultaneously. But this can lead to wasted energy and higher costs if you only need climate control in a specific area. You might only need climate control in a small area if:
- You own a small home.
- You need to cool a room not connected to an existing system.
- You’re only responsible for a portion of the home (such as a rented room).
Whether you need a climate-control solution for your bedrooms, living areas or for your home office, a split system targets the exact area you need heated or cooled, minimising effort and energy expenditure.
As you try to find the right air conditioner for your property, think about the characteristics listed above. If your home exhibits several of these characteristics, a split system may offer a cost-effective option for keeping cool.
If you think you could benefit from a split air conditioning system, contact an HVAC professional. He or she can evaluate your home’s layout as well as your current system before giving you an estimate on a new split system.
For more information about how the right heating, cooling and ventilation systems can make your home more comfortable year round, read through our other blogs.