Ducted Air Conditioning – Advanced Climate Solutions
Advanced Climate Solutions is a leading provider of split system and ducted air conditioning Brisbane wide. We offer both domestic and commercial air conditioning installations across Brisbane including, Logan, Brisbane South, and the Redlands Bayside area. With years of experience and many satisfied customers, we will find you the best air conditioning solution for your home or office. Call 0403 254 272 to speak with your local air conditioning specialist today.
What is Ducted Air Conditioning?
Ducted air conditioning is an air conditioning system that can be used to cool an entire home or office. Ducted air conditioners are made up of an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. The indoor unit is generally housed in the roof, with the outdoor unit containing the noisier components located outside. Most ducted air conditioning systems are made up of the same five main components including a fan, refrigerant, compressor, heat exchanger and ducts.
As the name suggests, a ducted air conditioning system pumps air through a system of pipes, also known as ducts. The ducts of a ducted air conditioning system are usually silver to better reflect heat, with a steel coil inside for added strength. The reflective colour of the ducts as well as insulating, reduces heat loss and increases the energy efficiency of the system.
If you think ducted air conditioning could be right for you, call your local air conditioning experts at Advanced Climate Solutions today on 0403 254 272.
How Does it Work?
First, hot air is drawn into the system by the fan through the return air grills. Next, the air travels over the cool refrigerant which absorbs the heat from the air. The cool air is then circulated back into the room through diffusers (installed in the ceiling or walls) that act as vents from the system into each room. Each diffuser houses an air filter that helps to purify the cool air as it is pumped into each room.
As new air is then drawn in through the return air grills and circulated through the air conditioning system to repeat the process, the now warm refrigerant evaporates into a hot gas which is circulated into the compressor. The compressor compresses the hot gas making it high pressure. The high pressure, hot gas is then pumped into a heat exchanger. Once inside the heat exchanger, the heat from the gas is transferred from the gas to the air, allowing the refrigerant to cool and return to its liquid form.
Once cooled, the refrigerant is pumped into an expansion device which lowers the pressure and further cools the liquid. When the refrigerant reaches its original temperature, the entire process is repeated. (A reverse cycle ducted system reverses this process to heat air.)
To ensure that the air is cooled or heated to the desired temperature, each zone has a sensor (larger zones may require multiple sensors) to monitor the temperature of the room and adjust the temperature of the circulated air accordingly.
The control panel for a ducted air conditioning system is usually hard wired or wall mounted in a central position allowing temperature control for the whole house from one place. Additionally, some ducted air conditioning systems are wifi controlled allowing you to control the system from your tablet or smartphone.
Most modern ducted air conditioning systems come with a zone control feature. This feature allows you to cool and heat different zones of your house to different temperatures as needed. Zoning also increases the energy efficiency of the system as you are only cooling the areas of your house that are in use rather than using energy to cool an entire home while only one room is in use.
In a zone controlled ducted air conditioning system, air regulators are used to control the air that is circulated into each zone. This means that when a zone is turned off, the air regulators in that room or area close, ensuring that the cooled air is not circulated into that zone.
The Benefits of Ducted Air Conditioning
Ducted air conditioning is an energy efficient alternative to split system air conditioning. Some of the benefits of ducted air conditioning systems include:
If there are more than three rooms that need to be temperature controlled, ducted air con is the most energy efficient option.
Because of the location of the air conditioning unit, (generally installed in the ceiling) ducted air conditioning systems are the quietest air conditioning option.
Ducted air conditioning systems can last up to 10 years, and even longer when regularly maintained and serviced. The longevity of ducted air conditioning systems means that they generally add value to any home. Value is also added because it is a heating or cooling solution for the entire home rather than just one or two rooms.
Ducted air conditioning is the least obtrusive air conditioner in terms of decor as the only visible components are the discreet vents on the walls, floor or ceiling. Additionally, ducted air conditioners can be customised to suit the style and decor of your home with different styles and designs of vents available.
Constantly Maintained Room Temperature
Most modern ducted air conditioning systems come with temperature sensors installed around the house. These sensors constantly monitor the temperature of the room to ensure that the target temperature is maintained.
This means that once the room is at the desired temperature, the AC system is only used to maintain the temperature, which improves the energy efficiency of the system.
Heat & Cool Individual Rooms
Zone control allows for comfortable temperatures throughout the whole home or office while maintaining high energy efficiency. This means that you can have the system set to cool the living areas in the daytime and the bedrooms at night. Zoning also means that you can have only one zone heating or cooling at a time so that you aren’t wasting power to heat the whole house when it is not in use.
Ducted air conditioning is designed to have one system service the whole house. This means that unlike a split system air con, only one system is required for temperature control in every room. On average, that makes ducted systems less expensive than split systems if you need more than three rooms to be temperature controlled.
No Hot or Cold Spots
Unlike split system air conditioning systems where all of the air is coming from a single vent, ducted systems include vents installed all over the house in either the floor, walls or ceiling. This means that no area of your home will be missed by your ducted air conditioning unit.
The design of the ducted air conditioning system means that the system is both aesthetically pleasing and quiet. Because the main part of the system is installed in the ceiling or floor, the only components visible from the room are the unobtrusive grills. This also means that ducted air conditioning is the quietest AC system as all of the noise making components are in the floor or ceiling rather than being out in the open.
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Our team at Advanced Climate Solutions are highly trained technicians knowledgeable in ducted and split system air conditioner systems. We offer quality air conditioning installations for both split system and ducted AC units. ACS also offers split system and ducted air conditioning maintenance and servicing as well as emergency breakdown services. This ensures that your air conditioning system will last longer and run smoothly.
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Home Air Conditioning
The flexibility of a zoned air conditioning system makes it ideal for use in a home. Because different rooms of a house are used at different times of the day you don’t want to be paying to heat the entire house all day long. With ducted air conditioning, you can choose how many rooms or zones you want to cool based on use. This is especially useful for homes where rooms are likely to be used simultaneously (e.g. if the children are playing in the living room while you’re cooking in the kitchen).
Additionally, ducted air conditioning systems can be programmed to turn on at a certain time for convenience. This means that on a hot day you can set your air conditioner to turn on thirty minutes before you get home rather than having to switch it on when you get home and wait for the house to cool down. You can also use the timer feature to set the system to warm up your room ten minutes before your alarm will go off on winter mornings, or to turn off an hour after you go to bed.
Office Air Conditioning
Ducted air conditioning is also ideal for use in office buildings. This is because, unlike other systems such as split system air conditioners, ducted air conditioners have no hot or cold spots allowing you to keep the office at a steady temperature. This means that office workers won’t have to fight over the desks closest to the air conditioner anymore. The consistent temperature throughout the office will also mean that there are no temperature changes when walking between offices.
The all-in-one control panel of a ducted air conditioning system allows you to set the temperature of the whole office from one place rather than leaving the temperature of each room to the discretion of individual workers. Not only will this ensure a consistent temperature throughout the office, it will also allow you to monitor the temperature for maximum energy efficiency.
Another benefit of ducted air conditioning in an office is the reduced noise of the system. Because the noisy components of a ducted air conditioning system are installed in the ceiling or outdoors, ducted air conditioning is the quietest air conditioning system providing a minimal distraction for workers.
Plus, with a zoned system you can turn off air conditioning in meeting rooms when they aren’t being used to reduce your power bill. And because ducted air conditioners can be timer controlled, you can ensure that the air conditioning is switched off every night without having to rely on the last person to leave the office to switch it off. This could save you a lot of money on cooling an office overnight when it’s not in use just because someone forgot to switch it off.
Whatever your needs, a ducted air conditioner can be used to keep your office comfortable all day long while maintaining high energy efficiency.