Split vs. Ducted ACs: Which One is Best for Your Home?

Air Conditioner Your chosen air conditioner should depend on your cooling and heating needs, your budget, and the orientation of your home. But, since energy efficiency and lower operating costs are your priorities, the two types of systems you should consider are the split and the ducted versions.

It is important to know how these various air conditioning systems work, so you can make the soundest investment for your home. All Air Services shares more information below:

Split Systems

Split systems are similar to room units, although the former are more technologically advanced. The term ‘split’ comes from the fact that these systems are cut into two main components: the outdoor unit, which houses the compressor and condensing coil, and the indoor unit, which contains the fan and an indoor coil.

These can cool (and heat, if the unit is a reverse model) only a single room, but are more powerful than traditional room ACs. Thus, they are better for cooling larger areas. The ‘split’ feature also minimises noise from being a cause of disruption inside homes.

Multi-Split Systems

Multi-split systems work like the single-room split systems, except that they can cool (heating is also available with reverse models) multiple rooms. Control of temperature for each room is separate, allowing users to save on operating costs, since they can turn off the system for the areas not in use.

Ducted Systems

A ducted air conditioner is the best investment if you want complete climate control in your home all year round. Depending on the season, you can either heat or cool all areas of your home, or choose only those that you need to. For instance, cooling and heating can be turned on for bedrooms being used, and off for those that are not. This kind of control helps you reduce your overall temperature- and comfort-related costs.

Whether you choose a split, a multi-split, or a ducted reverse cycle air conditioning system for your home, it is important to work with a licensed contractor to ensure proper installation of the unit.