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Types of Air Conditioning Installations

by Ivan Prescott

Air conditioners are available in many different sizes and shapes, making it difficult to choose the appropriate one for your home. When choosing an air conditioner for your home, it's important to consider the size, capacity and purpose of the system. Here's a breakdown of the types of air conditioning systems you can get.

Split-System Air Conditioning

This installation is best suited for compact spaces and for cooling and heating individual rooms in your house. For example, you may want an air conditioner for the baby's room alone or the living room. With split-system installations, the compressor is placed outside your house while the unit that transfers air into the house is a floor-standing or a wall-mounted unit.

One of the main advantages of a split system is that it is economical when compared to other kinds of air conditioning systems. This is because you only have to buy and install one AC at a time, which amounts to less energy consumption. Another advantage of this installation is that you can select the rooms that will be air-conditioned.

Ducted Air Conditioning

If you're looking for a large air conditioner, the ducted air conditioning system is the appropriate choice. These systems can be installed in a new home or customised to suit an existing one. These installations are best suited for cooling an entire house.

Ducted air conditioners work through ducts to keep your home temperature cool. The system consists of an internal fan coil, which is placed in the roof area of the house. Several ducts run from the fan coil and into all the rooms in the house. These ducts enable you to heat or cool each room individually; a process called zoning. The installation features a thermostat that's mounted on the wall to allow you to choose the temperature and other settings for each room.

Portable Air Conditioners

A portable air conditioning installation is easy to move. If you move frequently and have a small room to cool, a portable system is best suited for you. These ACs draw in warm air, cool it and then return it to the room.

The two main portable systems are single- and double-hose models. The single models have a single duct for drawing warm air inside the room, cooling it and taking it back to the room. The double-hose models have a second duct that draws air from the outside. Double-hose models are more efficient than single-hose models. Portable air conditioners have low up-front costs when compared to other systems.