Central Air Conditioning has been a very popular choice amongst home owners in Adelaide. Generally in the form of ducted reverse cycle air conditioners. Central air conditioning just means that you use one air conditioning system to cool and heat an entire home, or interior space.
In the early years of air conditioning, most air conditioners come in the form of wall or window units and even portable air conditioners. With the new innovations in the air conditioning industry, ducted air conditioning has become a very viable option. There are many benefits to installing central air conditioning.
Central Air Conditioning
Central Air Conditioning distributes conditioned air via a network of ducts and vents throughout a home. It takes a very minimalist design as all the ducts are hidden out of sight (usually in the roof spaces and floor joist). Only the vents are visible and these are flushed against the ceiling or cornices.
Hence, central air conditioning is very non-obstrusive and very easy to integrate with your home’s interior decor.
Central Air Conditioning Vs Split Systems
Split System or Wall Splits are air conditioners that have a compressor powering multiple “wall units”. You will need to install a unit into each room you wish to have air conditioned. Wall units have also become quite aesthetic recently and can blend quite well into a home.
However, central air conditioning still works better if you prefer a more minimalist design for your home.
Central Air Conditioning – The Benefits
So how does central air conditioning compare with split system, in terms of the more tangible features and benefits? Let’s take a look at a few of it’s benefits.
Central Air Conditioning – Better For Larger Homes Or Complicated Floor Plans
Central air conditioning is a more versatile option for larger homes, especially multi-storey dwellings with complicated floor plans. Since it uses ducts and vents, the indoor compressor can be neatly tucked away in the roof or back of the house, and air can be distributed through a network of ducts.
The ducting allow a central air conditioner to reach most places in a home, and it can cover every room easily. Wall splits or Split System air conditioners are harder to implement for such homes. Since a wall unit is required to be installed into each room, it may get to a point where is cost-prohibitive to use split system air conditioning for larger homes.
In addition, one compressor usually supports only a limited number of wall units. So for larger homes, or multi-storey layouts, you may need to put in 2 or more compressors. This significantly increases the upfront costs of installation air conditioning for the home.
For this reason, most home owners will choose central air conditioning if they have larger homes or unique floorplans. It’s just easier to cover all the spaces in such a home, with central air conditioning.
Central Air Conditioning – All In One Systems That Do It All
Central Air Conditioning can either be Refrigerated or Evaporative. Refrigerated air conditioners use a chemical refrigerant to cool air while evaporative air conditioners use the process of evaporation to cool air. The air produced by refrigerated air conditioners is cold and crisp, and the air produced by evaporative air conditioners is cool and fresh (like a breeze). Home owners that prefer their homes to be cold will prefer the normal refrigerated systems.
However, there is an increasing preference for Evaporative systems. Especially for families with members who have respiratory sensitivities or ailments. Evaporative air conditioning produces air that is more natural, fresh and easier to breath.
For instance, families with newborn babies tend to favor evaporative systems. Most refrigerated central air conditioning systems now come with Reverse Cycle function. This means that it can produce both hot and cold air. Revere Cycle air conditioners are able to keep your home cold in summers and warm in winters. Making them a very versatile choice for year round comfort.
Central Air Conditioning – Reverse Cycle or Evaporative
So how does one choose between a ducted reverse cycle or evaporative air conditioning? A few considerations must be taken in making such a decision.
While Ducted Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners offers a benefit of being able to produce both hot and cold air, the running costs of such as system is generally much higher than an evaporative air conditioner.
Evaporative air conditioners consume much less power and use the natural process of evaporation to cool air. So while the upfront costs may be quite similar, the long term savings from an evaporative system could be substantial.
An evaporative air conditioners CANNOT produce heating. It can only offer Cooling. Hence, if you are going for evaporative, you will need to install separate heating for your home. You could go for a ducted gas heating system, or wall furnaces or wood heaters. The incremental upfront cost of having to install both an evaporative air conditioner and a separate heating system, may come to the same amount as installing reverse cycle ducted air conditioning.
However, the much lower running costs of an Evaporative system, and the generally lower cost of gas, still makes the evaporative/gas heating alternative a viable one.
Central Air Conditioning – A Good Option
Generally speaking, central air conditioning is still an excellent option for a home. It’s easy to install when you are building a new home and maintenance is quite manageable. Whether you go for a reverse cycle ducted air conditioner or an Evaporative air conditioners with separate heating, will depend on your individual preference.
If you have a larger home or one that is multi-storeyed, then central air conditioning would be a good choice for your home. Speak with one of our expert installers today and get their professional advice on what may work best for your home.