Split system air conditioners are fantastic additions to any home – and any electrician in Point Cook will swear by that. But what exactly is a split system air conditioner and how does it compare to ducted air conditioning? You’re in luck because all of your questions will be answered in this blog!
What is a split system air conditioner?
As the name suggests, this type of air conditioner is split into two parts – or two systems if you will – internal and external. The internal system features the actual evaporative unit that can be placed in any room in your home and releases the refrigerated air whilst the external system features the compressor and condenser mechanisms.
An insulated pipe connects these two units through a small hole in the wall. Depending on the system, multiple internal systems can be placed within your home without the need for multiple outside systems taking up space.
What are the benefits?
One of the reasons you might consider a split system air conditioner in your home is because it’s incredibly quiet – which is one of the reason’s it is so popular. Each internal unit is controlled via a remote (or app on your smart device) and can be individually set to the temperature you’d prefer the room to be.
Another attractive benefit of this type of air conditioning is the fact that it can be installed in a day (provided the job is done by a trained and qualified electrician in Point Cook) and doesn’t require a heap of work like ducted air conditioning does. This also means that it can be installed at any point during your home’s life which is why it’s so popular.
Where should you position them?
The range of different models and sizes (not to mention the type of room it’s being placed in) makes pinpointing exactly where to position your evaporating unit a unique decision. That being said, there are some general points to keep in mind when placing the unit.
- The unit should be placed high up on the wall in a central location of the room. This is to ensure the air flows as evenly as possible for maximum effect.
- It must be in an easily accessible location so that you can easily clean it when necessary.
- Any ducts or areas that easily attract dust should be avoided as you’ll be cleaning the unit a lot more often than you’d need to.
- The unit should not be placed above any electrical wiring or cables to mitigate the chance of an accident occurring in the unlikely event that the unit may leak.
- The outdoor system is generally installed against the wall of the room that the internal unit is installed in. A qualified electrician will be able to determine where the best spot for your outdoor system will be.
Split system vs. ducted
Ducted air conditioning is where there are ducts installed in several rooms that are all connected to a central unit located in your ceiling. You set the temperature on your thermostat and it reduces the entire home’s temperature to that setting. Ducted systems do not require outside units – but the internal ones can get quite loud creating a white noise atmosphere.
They also require a lot more work to install and especially so if they’re being retrofitted into a home as the ducts must run through your ceiling. This is why the ducted method is preferred during the building stage as it is easier to install then. If you don’t need to air-condition every room in your home, then a split system is much more cost-effective, energy-efficient and easier to install/manage.
Looking to install a split system air conditioner in your home?
Urban West Electrical is your best source for split system air conditioning systems. Our highly qualified, savvy and friendly Electrician’s in Point Cook can get a split system installed and operational in under a day so you can survive the winter quarantine with an effective and efficient heating system. We also hold a plumbing license and can supply the air conditioning units so you don’t have to worry about organising anything else on the side.
Available for jobs all over Melbourne as well as surrounding areas such as Geelong and Bellarine – we’ll get the job done unobtrusively and professionally whilst exercising the state’s social distancing rules.
If you’d like to get in touch with one of our Point Cook-based electricians, then please feel free to contact us by filling out the form on our website or by calling 0428 301 097.