Should you go in for a split sys­tem or a ducted sys­tem? It all de­pends on your par­tic­u­lar house con­fig­u­ra­tion, your pref­er­ence to one style or an­other, the en­vi­ron­ment you live in, and most im­por­tantly, your bud­get of course

QT Magazine - - HOME & GARDEN -


ONE of the many crea­ture com­forts that we all en­joy is a home air con­di­tioner. For many of us, the choice of whether or not to in­stall a home air con­di­tioner is easy, it’s the de­ci­sion to air-con­di­tion the en­tire house, or just a cou­ple of rooms which re­quires more con­sid­er­a­tion.

Af­ter all, we’ve all grown ac­cus­tomed to air-con­di­tion­ing in Queens­land and we’d all like to ex­pe­ri­ence the com­fort that a home air con­di­tioner pro­vides in the place we spend the most part of our lives, es­pe­cially on those hot Ip­swich summer nights.

One of the first things that you need to con­sider with home air con­di­tion­ers is which type of unit best suits you and your bud­get.

You have two main se­lec­tions ; split sys­tems or ducted sys­tems.

Both are de­signed for home com­fort, but de­pend­ing on your par­tic­u­lar house con­fig­u­ra­tion, your pref­er­ence to one style or an­other and the en­vi­ron­ment you live in, will de­ter­mine the range of mod­els avail­able.

The sec­ond fact you should be aware of is that big­ger is not al­ways bet­ter. Home air con­di­tion­ers come rated ac­cord­ing to the area they can ef­fec­tively cover, which a spe­cial­ist can ac­cu­rately cal­cu­late for you.

A poorly rec­om­mended or over­sized unit is go­ing to end up cost­ing you more money for the unit it­self and is go­ing to be less cost-ef­fec­tive in the long run, so it’s im­por­tant to

A poorly rec­om­mended or over­sized unit is go­ing to end up cost­ing you more ... so it’s im­por­tant to mea­sure up with an ex­pert.

mea­sure up with an ex­pert.

Since there are likely to be a va­ri­ety of home air con­di­tion­ers that will fit your room or home, the third thing that you need to look at is the ef­fi­ciency of the unit it­self. You will find the ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers of units like Pana­sonic or Fu­jitsu fo­cus on giv­ing you the best value.

With the evo­lu­tion of larger fam­ily homes over re­cent years the ducted air con­di­tioner is be­com­ing the best so­lu­tion and pre­ferred choice of home­own­ers to im­prove their life­style and com­fort.

Ducted air-con­di­tion­ing is supplied through a cen­tralised unit pro­vid­ing heat­ing or cool­ing through­out the home dis­trib­uted by a duct­ing sys­tem tucked up and out of sight in your roof cav­ity.

As ducted air con­di­tion­ers have more el­e­ments to in­stall than a split sys­tem it is al­ways im­por­tant to speak to a pro­fes­sional be­fore you start look­ing at op­tions to en­sure you don’t waste your time with prod­ucts that are not suit­able to your home or your com­fort needs.

If you are plan­ning a new home, this is the per­fect time to iden­tify and in­cor­po­rate the unit that suits you into the build­ing pro­gram; this will save you money in in­stal­la­tion and will have you en­joy­ing the com­fort it pro­vides as soon as you walk in the door of your new home.

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