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A split air conditioning system can provide cooling comfort to your home using an indoor and outdoor unit. The outdoor unit houses the compressor while the indoor unit contains the cooling outlet. While the central or ducted air conditioning system is hugely popular in Australia, more homes are now turning to split-type systems because the latter is easier to install than a ducted system.
A drawback of a split air conditioning system is its expensive cost but this may be justified when viewed along with its many advantages such as the following:
Split systems tend to be more energy efficient for a particular size range than window-wall systems. The outdoor unit may also be installed close to the ground and away from direct sunlight causing less stress to the compressor.
A split type air conditioner produces less noise indoors during its operation as the noise-generating portion is found in the outdoor unit. The noise produced by the compressor may also be muffled by installing fences and sound barriers around it.
You can use a split-type system to cool one or more rooms or an open space with an area of up to 60 sqm.
Because a split-type unit does not have the ducts and tubings that accompany the central air conditioning system, there is no need to allot additional space for the split air conditioning system.
Here are some things to consider before buying a split-type air conditioning system:
Split air conditioners are available in 0.50 ton, 0.75 ton, 1 ton, 1.5 ton and 2 tons. The size or area of your room should be the basis for determining the tonnage capacity of your air conditioning unit. An air conditioning specialist can help you choose the right tonnage capacity for your needs.
A hole is usually created on the wall where the connection between the indoor and outdoor unit passes through. A licensed contractor can determine the best location where to create that hole and how large the opening should be given the technical specifications of your air conditioning unit.
Tubing is an additional component that acts as a connector between the indoor and outdoor units and its length depends on the actual distance between both units.
Dual or triple zone refers to the number of air handles required to cool a room. Cooling more than one room calls for a dual or triple zone split system.
Be prepared to incur costs for the correct installation of your split air conditioning system. Due to the complex nature of its installation, a licensed contractor with relevant experience is the best person who can install your split air conditioner.