If you've never had air conditioning at your residence and are now looking to install a system, or if you've been living with a wall-unit AC and want an upgrade, you probably need to invest in a ducted AC system. And though you may have heard of ducted AC, which is also referred to as central air, you may not have specific information about how the system works.
So to help you out, here are the answers to some basic questions people ask about ducted AC:
Why Is It Called Ducted AC? -- Heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) contractors refer to a ducted AC system as one that requires ductwork to function. Ducts are rectangular or circular devices similar to pipes that conduct air and heat into the vents of a home so that AC can circulate. Ducts are installed inside your walls or ceilings, and they are constructed from polyurethane, aluminium, fibreglass or steel.
If you choose steel, it's best to use galvanised steel, which is hot-dipped in liquid zinc to protect against oxidation which leads to rust. Ducts are made to be hidden in your walls or ceiling, though there is a rising movement to use exposed ductwork as a decorative choice in businesses.
How Does It Differ From Ductless AC? -- Because ducted AC requires the installation of ducts, it is a more time-consuming process than a ductless system, which typically only requires connecting the portable unit with the outdoor condenser through wiring that's drilled into a wall.
What Are Some Benefits of Ducted AC? -- Ducted AC tends to be operate much more quietly than ductless AC units, which may be a consideration if you have a baby in the home that is on a strict sleeping schedule. Ducted AC also has the advantage of blowing cool air through all rooms in your home, whereas ductless AC only cools the room where the unit is mounted. To gain the same benefit of multiple cooling, you would have to invest in multiple ductless units, which can drive up your energy costs and lower the efficiency of your system.
Where Can One Get Energy Efficiency Ratings for Their Ducted AC? -- Many ducted AC manufacturers are now using the Energy Star rating system, which was established more than a decade ago in the U.S., and has now gained popularity in Australia and parts of Europe. Energy Star rates AC systems by measuring their Energy Efficiency Ratio also known as EER, which tells you how well your AC will work based on external conditions such as temperature and humidity. AC systems that are approved by Energy Star are made to save you money by operating with efficiency.
Contact a company such as Climate Control to learn more.Share
11 August 2015
Welcome to my blog! My name is Richard and my big passion in life is looking for old buildings to restore. My love of old buildings started when I was seven years old and I visited my grandparent's house in Alice Springs. It was a large Victorian building which looked magnificent even though it was in a bad state of repair. Once I grew up and made some money, I decided I would like to invest in old buildings to bring them back to life. I hire a range of different contractors to complete the work on my behalf but I take a keen interest and I have learnt a lot of things.