Things to consider when installing ducted air conditioning
When installing reverse cycle ducted air conditioning, there are a few things you need to consider.
There’s a big difference between installing this type of system in a new home and an existing home.
For an existing home, you need to be clear about the following things before getting quotes for installation:
- Number of levels
- Dimensions of each room/area
- Ceiling height
- Orientation of each room (North, South, East, West)
Windows and doors
- Position, size, orientation
- Timber, brick, concrete, combination
- Ceiling insulation
- Under-floor or wall insulation
Occupancy & use
- How many people live in the home?
- Is the home occupied during the day?
- How is each room/area used? (kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living areas)
- Is there a ceiling cavity available for ducts? If not, under-floor ducting may be possible.
- Is there a suitable space to install the compressor?
- Will the noise of the compressor be an issue for neighbours?
What are the main features?
Air conditioning system designs can differ, but the common components are:
- Air vents – wall or ceiling mounted.
- Controllers – wall-mounted, either one central controller or multiple controllers for a large multi-zone home.
- Sensors – multiple sensors to maintain the target temperature in each room/zone.
- Zone control – allows you to set temperatures independently in different zones for maximum economy and convenience.
Is ducted reverse cycle air conditioning efficient?
Yes, ducted air conditioning is very efficient. Typically, one kW of electricity produces at least 3 kW of heating/cooling capacity. All ducted air conditioning in Australia must comply with minimum requirements for energy performance.
Energy efficiency will also depend on the system you choose to have installed, if energy efficiency is important to you, the team at Beyond Heating & Cooling can recommend a system that will work as efficiently as possible, reducing your overall electricity cost.
Costs: buying & running a reverse cycle ducted air conditioning system
Each installation is unique, and so the price can vary.
Obviously, the number and size of rooms, among other factors, affect the overall cost.
We will inspect your home before providing you with a detailed quote. We also have a variety of systems available for you to choose from and provide 12 months interest-free on all ducted systems.
How much does it cost to run?
The running costs for a reverse cycle ducted air conditioning system vary according to:
- System type and size
- Energy efficiency of the system
- How long/often you use the system
- Design of your home (layout, insulation, size and number of windows, etc.)
- How much you pay for electricity
- Thermostat temperature selected
Here are some proven tips to keep running costs down:
- Close all doors and windows when the air conditioning is on.
- Use curtains/blinds on your windows (keeps heat out when hot outside, keeps heat in when cold outside).
- Try to anticipate very hot or cold days, and turn your cooling/heating system on before room temperatures become uncomfortable.
Are you ready to enjoy the benefits of reverse cycle ducted air conditioning in your home? Contact Beyond Heating & Cooling today for a free quote.