Which Air Conditioning System To Choose For New Homes?
If you are building a new home in Adelaide South Australia, one of the key decisions you will need to make is which type of air conditioning systemto choose of your new home.
The Adelaide climate is quite extreme, with summers seeing heatwaves coming in at over 45° and winters occasionally at a low 1-2° celsius. A good heating and cooling system is an absolute necessity for each home.
As such, there are actually quite a lot of options for home owners here. The air conditioning industry is quite competitive, with many air conditioning system installation companies, installers and tradespeople, all running seasonal specials.
Best time to install air conditioning systems
The best time to install air conditioning system is during the construction phase. Before the inner walls and ceiling goes up. During this phase, air conditioning system installers have a lot of room to lay out any ducts or cabling required for the air conditioners.
The best time for them to come in is after the “sticks” go up. That is the wooden frame of the house. At this stage, ducting work can be run along with any electrical cables, neatly laid out into the wall and roof spaces. This would be the 1st onsite.
After the external concrete if laid and settled, is the best time for the 2nd call out. This is when the air conditioning system installers put in the indoor and outdoor compressors, and connect up all the cables and ducts. After that, you are all ready in terms of heating and cooling.
So which type of air conditioning system to choose for new homes?
Air conditioning is quite simply categorised into a few systems types. Below are 3 of the more common air conditioning system types you can choose from and their respective benefits and shortcomings. Hopefully, this can help you decide which model to choose for your new home.
Ducted Air Conditioning System
This is also known as central air conditioning system. An internal and external compressor generates the hot or cold air, which is then distributed throughout a home via ducts and air vents. These are installed into the wall and roof spaces – out of plain sight. A lot of home owners prefer this as you can only see the air vents. Making it a very minimalist design.
Although ducted air conditioning does not come with as many consumer features as a split system wall air conditioner, it is very versatile and suited for any type of house layout. Even larger homes with multi-storeys and harder to reach spaces can be easily handled with it’s network of ducts.
It used to be that ducted air conditioning systems consumed a lot of power, making it the least cost effective to run long term. However, recent advancements in Inverter technology has greatly improved their operational efficiency.
Split System Air Conditioning System
Split System Air Conditioning Systems are very common in most older homes. A compressor supplies the hot or cold air through wall mounted “blower” units. These wall mounted units come with many consumer features. Such as air cleansing/humidifiers, isensor (which detects and directs airflow to where the people are in a room), advanced air flow controls and many more.
Split Systems are suitable for smaller, single storey homes such as standard 2-3 bedroom layouts. A single compressor can support 3-4 wall units (higher kW models may support more but overloading is not cost effective). If you have a multi-storey or larger home, you may need to install 2 compressors to support that many wall units, which then makes it cost prohibitive. In those instances, it’s better to opt for a ducted air conditioner.
An evaporative cooling system does not provide heating. It just cools air. And the air it produces is not as cold and crisp as that produced by a refrigerated air conditioning system.
However, evaporative cooling feels more natural as it uses the process of evaporation to cool air. Warm air is drawn into the system, passed through dampened cooling pads, and cooled. It is then distributed throughout a home through ducts and vents – just like with a ducted air conditioner.
The air is cool, has a higher moisture content, and easier to breathe. A lot of home owners have recently preferred evaporative cooling for it’s better air quality. You can even operate the system with your doors and windows open.
Another benefit of evaporative cooling is that it is ideal for families who have respiratory or skin sensitivities. The higher moisture content in the air produced makes it easier to breather, more comfortable for the skin and creates a more natural atmosphere in the home.
Need Help Choosing the Right Air Conditioning System For Your Home?
Jim’s Heating and Cooling is an air conditioning specialist located in Adelaide, South Australia. We have installed thousands of home air conditioning systems and specialise in ducted, split systems and evaporative air conditioning models. We supply and install only top brands like Mitsubishi Electric, Carrier, Braemar and Toshiba.
Contact us at 131 546 today with your house plans and we will recommend the best choice of air conditioning for your new home.