How does ducted air conditioning work?
Ducted air conditioning provides unobtrusive cooling and heating for homes and buildings of almost any size, from a small two bedroom apartment to a vast multi-storey complex. This style of air conditioning is popular due features such as its super quiet operation (you barely notice it’s on) and its gentle distribution of air, as well as the fact that it provides a whole home climate control solution in one compact unit.
How does ducted air conditioning achieve this?
Ducted air conditioning's quiet operation is achieved due to the working parts of the system being located either outside the building or in the ceiling space which keeps all but a whisper of noise out of the room.
Air is gently circulated around your home using a system of ducts placed in the ceiling with outlets or vents placed strategically throughout the house.
Zone control systems, located on the indoor unit, control where the air conditioning goes, allowing you to turn off areas not in use to reduce energy wastage. It also provides the flexibility to vary the temperature in different areas of the house ensuring everyone is comfortably warm or cool.
How ducted aircon works?
A ducted air conditioner works using a refrigerant which is moved through the air conditioning system via a small pipe, drawing the heat in the air from one area to another.
For instance during the summer, when you’re trying to cool your home, the system absorbs the heat from the air inside as the fan passes air through the indoor unit and across the very cold evaporator coil of refrigerant pipes. This means the air leaves the indoor unit cooler than when it entered, gradually reducing the temperature of the room/home as it circulates through the unit. The reverse happens in the winter, warmth is drawn from the outdoor air to warm your home.
When the refrigerant has passed through the indoor unit, warmed from absorbing the heat inside, it is transferred to the outdoor unit for cooling. Once outside, a fan is used to blow air over the coil of hot refrigerant transferring some of the heat into the outside air. The refrigerant is further cooled by using a compressor to condense the refrigerant releasing the remaining heat.
The cooled refrigerant is then recirculated through the indoor unit. This process repeats continuously as long as your air conditioner is running.
Depending on the style of ducted air conditioning system and the design of the building it’s installed in you may have the option of including a fresh air intake which ensures your home benefits from a supply of fresh, oxygenated air. If your ducted system does not have this feature it will recirculate the air throughout your home, filtering it as it is drawn back up through the air return grill.
Is ducted aircon right for your home?
Wondering if ducted air conditioning is the right fit for your home and your family's climate control needs? We recommend speaking to an air conditioning company who specialises in ducted aircon systems for specific advice to ensure you get the perfect solution for your home.
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