The summer is almost here and many people are having their home cooling systems refurbished. A good cooling system just makes the summers more enjoyable and the most efficient way to cool your entire home is ducted air conditioning. The convenience and functionality of ducted air conditioning in providing an adequate amount of cool air in your home is comparable to none. In addition to this, it grants a more pleasant ambiance to your home. If you are considering installing a ducted air conditioning system for your home, then you have come to the right spot.
Acquiring a basic understanding of air conditioning systems is wise and somewhat necessary in order to choose the best unit for your home. Air conditioning ducting disperses the air to various rooms. In very small houses or apartments you will probably utilize portable or window air conditioners. But for larger houses central ducted air conditioning is your best choice.
Not only is the market literally flooded with numerous air conditioning systems, but there are a number of different types. However, the final purchasing decision should be determined by your home style and your lifestyle.
To provide a starting point for more in depth research here is a list of types of ducted air conditioning systems commonly available in the market:
Being a low cost solution, it is a great option for the budget conscious consumer. It is a simple air conditioning system with insulated ducts running throughout the home. Its main benefit is low cost and simple to use and install. However, it has its downsides too; such as inaccurate temperature control and greater power consumption.
These systems are fast becoming the new standard in domestic air conditioning. They offer quiet operation and low power consumption as compared to traditional air conditioning systems. Moreover, these systems can slow down the speed of the compressor if there is little cooling needs in the rooms. Inverter air conditioning systems can save as much as 30% power and can also maintain a more steady temperature.
This is the high end of the stratosphere for air conditioning when it comes to homes. With all operations being digital, this is, perhaps, the best air conditioning technology one can install in a home. It is the least power consuming system as it can completely cut off the supply if there are no air conditioning needs in the home. In addition to this, it can maintain the selected temperature with ease over longer periods of time.
In reverse cycle air conditioners, the installed ducts should be insulated using at least 2 inches of insulating material around the core. Reverse systems having insulation less than 2 inches thick tend to lose its cooling/heating capability quicker. This type of systems demands professional installation.
The air in this system is fast moving and the cooling/heating effect has almost no time to affect the ducts. So such systems can be installed using just 1 inch of insulation adjoining the core. Evaporative systems are usually bigger in diameter as compared to reverse cycle systems.
When it comes to the insulation of ducting, many different materials can be used. Chief among them, presently, is polyester. It is the same polyester that is used in pillows, so it is quite safe for home use. Besides polyester, fiberglass can also be used as duct insulation material. However, it costs more and demands more safety precautions on the part of the owner.
Air conditioning systems are generally low maintenance. However, an ill-maintained ductwork can be a source of illness. Over time bacteria and fungus can tend to build up in ductwork, and this can cause illness. So make sure that you provide your air conditioning unit with timely cleaning and maintenance to maintain its efficiency.
Here's a short video that explains how air conditioning works.