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How to Completely Change Your Thoughts About HVAC

Welcome to my blog. My name is Betty, and I recently invested in a new heating and cooling system. It had been years since I had purchased our old system, and my husband was alive then. This was the first time selecting my own system. I did a lot of research and even considered taking our HVAC system off the grid. Now, that my house is the perfect temperature all the time, I'm ready to try something else -- so I decided to start a blog. Here, I am going to post a range of blogs on HVAC related issues as well as home repairs and other topics. I hope that you like it.




How to Completely Change Your Thoughts About HVAC

Split Or Ducted: What Residential Air Conditioning System Should You Choose?

by Eva Fisher

When it comes to residential air conditioning, there are two main choices: split systems and ducted systems. Choosing between these is a delicate game of weighing up the pros and cons against your budget as well as your needs. If you want to get the best result possible, then you need to first analyse what you actually want, because split systems and ducted systems have strengths in two very different areas. Here is a brief rundown of both systems to help you decide which is right for you. 

Examining Split Systems 

Split systems are by far the cheaper option when it comes to residential air conditioning, but that doesn't mean you get a bad quality outcome. Most split systems are located in a single room, with the wall-hung unit connected to the outside exhaust, hence the name 'split system'.  That makes split systems very good at cooling down high-traffic rooms in a far shorter time frame than ducted air conditioning. It also means that, if you only really need one room cooled or heated, you don't have to spend thousands extra on additional infrastructure. Often having two split system units (one in each of the most commonly occupied rooms) is cheaper than getting a full ducted system.

Examining Ducted Systems

Ducted systems work by having an air conditioning unit in one place that is connected to all the rooms you want through ducted vents. This unit is often very powerful and can cool the whole house because its output is larger and it has direct access to all the rooms. It also means that you can keep different rooms at different temperatures. However, this customisation comes at an increased cost and a lot of construction before it is ready for use. It also isn't always possible in some types of buildings.

Which One Should I Get?

If you are really looking for a budget-friendly option that still does a great job in a smaller capacity, then split systems are your friend. If you want top-of-the-line functionality and unique features like timed bursts, then ducted alternatives are for you. This answer always depends on your individual circumstance, but the best way to decide is to talk to a residential air conditioning professional. Not only will they be able to give you advice on which system would suit your needs better, but they will have access to the best deals and cheapest labour around. If you want to make your money go further, then you need to get an expert onsite before you start signing any contracts.