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How Long Do Air Conditioners Last

The lifetime of any air conditioning unit depends on where it is installed and how well it is maintained. HVAC specialists give most centralised air conditioning units an expected lifetime of 10 to 15 years. However, if well looked after, your air conditioner could last for over 20 years. Conversely, if an air conditioner is poorly maintained, the lifetime of the system could be much shorter than 10 years.

Factors To Consider:
Quality Installation

The quality of the air conditioning installation plays a big part in extending, or shortening, the lifetime of your air conditioning system. If shortcuts have been taken or the air conditioning unit has not been correctly installed, the lifetime of the system can be shortened before you’ve even turned it on.

Conversely, if an air conditioning unit is professionally installed to a high standard, your air conditioning unit will likely last much longer.
Correct Size
An air conditioner will generally last much longer when correctly sized for the room that it is cooling. An air conditioner that is too big for the room that it is cooling will constantly be turning on and off causing additional wear to the system.

This is because a large air conditioning system will quickly cool a small room to the set temperature and then turn off. However, air conditioners are not designed for this and as such, the air conditioner will not have a chance to complete the full cycle. This can result in a room that has been cooled without removing the excess moisture in the air.

Not only will this leave the air feeling uncomfortable and clammy, it will result in the rapid rise of the room temperature which will reactivate the air conditioner to repeat this cycle. The constant […]

By |February 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Ducted Air Conditioning vs Split System

 

There is no single answer to which type of air conditioner is the best. Both ducted and split system air conditioners have their pros and cons. When it comes down to it, it depends on the size and layout of your house, and what you want from your air conditioner.
Ducted Air Conditioning
Ducted air conditioners are a centrally controlled cooling system that is designed to cool an entire building or house through the use of ducts. Ducted air conditioning units also come in reverse cycle models for both cooling and heating. Some ducted air conditioners are equipped with zone control for the individual heating and cooling of different rooms or zones of the house.

 
The Benefits of Ducted Air Conditioning
Single Unit Cools Entire Home
Like with any air conditioning system, ducted air con comes with its own list of pros and cons. One obvious advantage of installing a ducted air conditioner is that a single unit will cool your entire home. Through the use of ducts, air is cooled by the main unit and then redirected into every room of the house. This makes it easy for ducted systems to maintain a single temperature throughout the house.

Not only is the maintained house temperature beneficial for those living in the house, the controlled conditions can also help to extend the lifetime of the flooring and furniture throughout the house.

When you are cooling an entire house, ducted systems are much more energy efficient than split system units as only one ducted unit is required.
Visually Appealing
Another advantage of installing a ducted system over split system air conditioning is the inconspicuous finish. Because the entire air conditioning unit is located in the roof, the only visible components of the unit is […]

By |January 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need?

Choosing the right sized air conditioner is a big decision that can turn your house into a refuge from the sweltering Australian summer. However, choosing the wrong size can result in huge power bills for an air con unit that can’t efficiently cool your house.

There are many things you should consider before choosing the size of your air conditioner. Including room or house size, positioning of the unit, cooling efficiency, and your surroundings.
Room Size
One easy way to get an idea of how powerful your air conditioning unit should be is to measure the room or area of the house that needs to be cooled. For a single room, simply measure the length and the width of the room and multiply them to get the total area of the room.

In average conditions with an assumed standard ceiling height of 2.4m it takes 0.125 kW to cool 1 square metre. this will give you a rough idea of the size of air conditioner you will need.

For example, if you have a room that is 8 metres long and 5 metres wide you would have an area to cool of 40 metres squared. If you multiply 40 by 0.125 you will find that you need an air conditioner with a cooling capacity of 5kW.

However, if your house doesn’t have standard ceiling heights or standard insulation and window placement, you will need to consider the additional factors listed below.
Air Conditioner Positioning
The positioning of your air conditioner plays a big role in the energy and cooling efficiency of the unit. This is because of two factors; the in-built thermostat in any air conditioning unit and the fact that heat rises.

Most air conditioners are designed to turn off once the […]

By |January 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments|