Ducted Air Con 2021 – What’s the cost?
Needing a cooling or heating solution for your home or business?
In your research so far, you may have found information about portable, split and wall mounted systems – but have you checked out the ducted air conditioning systems available through Reef Air Conditioning, Sunshine Coast? Ducted air con is by far the superior system when needing to cool or heat an entire building, but the privilege does come at a cost. A ducted air con can vary in price depending on things such as size, brand and energy rating for example.
The price of the actual ducted air conditioning system itself will depend on many different factors. Read on, as this article will lead you to a rough figure to start working from. Then, you can approach installers, like our expert team at Reef Air Conditioning, Sunshine Coast, with some understanding as they assist you in making an educated decision. You can expect to gain knowledge in:
- The benefits of ducted air con
- How ducted air conditioning works
- Ducted air conditioning prices
- The cost of running ducted air con
- Who can install your ducted air con
What are the benefits of ducted air conditioning?
Ducted air conditioning is the most efficient cooling and/or heating system available if you are after an effective way of circulating cool or warm air to your entire home or building. If cooling larger areas, it is definitely more efficient than a split air conditioning system. If unattractive air con units mounted on walls or noise something you do not find appealing, you will find a ducted system is unobtrusive and almost whisper quiet. On the other hand, if you only need to heat or cool a smaller area like a living room or a couple of rooms, a wall mounted split system would more than likely be more suitable.
How does ducted air conditioning work?
A ducted air con system is more commonly installed during construction of a new home, but can be retrofitted, providing your ceiling cavity has sufficient room. Ducted air conditioning uses an arrangement of ducts (insulated pipes) located in your ceiling or floor or cavity to circulate warm or cool air throughout your home or building. Grills or vents are fitted in the areas you would like your air, and has a control panel which is programmable to allow you to set the temperature and timing of your systems operation.
The efficiency gained with ducted air con results from few factors, specifically the thermal properties of ducting and the energy efficiency of the unit its self. Using inferior ducting can cause loss of valuable heat or cool air moving through your home or building which will decrease the overall system efficiency.
Ducted air con prices
OK – its nitty gritty time. There are a number of components that will determine the price of your ducted air conditioning system. These can include specifically the size of the system required, the brand and its energy rating. Other factors to take into account include:
- The layout and size of your building or home
- How many people will use your building or home
- Having separate zoning installed for different areas in your building
- What construction material is used (weatherboard or brick)
- Your ceiling cavity availability
- How difficult is the required installation
Your ducted air con system becomes more expensive the more points and zones added.
In ball park figures, your costs would be:
- around $5,000 installed for a system in a small home or apartment
- for a single storey three-bedroomed home, between $6,000 to $10,000
- $11,000+ for a system in a large 2-storey 4-bedroom home
From one who knows…
Sunshine Coast-based Scott Brophy of Reef Air Conditioning states that there are significant cost differences between a 2.5-star energy rated unit and a 6-star ducted system. A unit smaller in size will cost more in the long run if the area that requires air conditioning is too large. It makes sense to choose a system suited to your area size as it will prove to be more cost effective and energy efficient over time.
What are the running costs of ducted air con?
The main things that will influence your system running costs are:
- The insulation of your home and system ducts
- Type, size and suitability of system
- Operating time
- Temperature settings of your system
If the costs of running ducted air con is a concern, you can cut your usage by adjusting the system temperature by a degree or two, improving your home or building insulation, or by opting for the most energy efficient system. Shopping around for the best deal from your energy provider can also see you making considerable on-going savings.
Can anyone install a ducted air con system?
Definitely NOT! Anyone handling refrigerants and installing air conditioning units must hold a licence issued by the Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC). You will need these fully trained and licenced professionals, such as the Reef Air Conditioning team, to perform your installation.
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