Ducted Air Conditioning from Brisbane Air
Here at Brisbane Air we install ducted air conditioning in residential, office, and industrial locations. Our technicians are selected for their experience and expertise, high quality workmanship, and attention to customer service.
We pride ourselves on our record of providing top quality products and the highest standards of customer care over our three decades plus history of serving the Brisbane community. Every customer is treated with the utmost care and respect, from the free initial exploration of needs and estimate to installation, and then through our industry leading service and guarantee packages. We are dedicated to providing the very best service and the highest quality products to your budget and requirements – part of our guarantee to you.
How Ducted Air Conditioning Works
While most people think of air conditioning as the unit that sits outside, this is only one component of ducted air conditioning. There is also another unit which is housed within the roof. This roof unit is the indoor air handling unit, while the unit outside is the compressor/ condenser unit. Together these units are the engine of ducted air conditioning, but without all the other components working properly the benefits will never be felt.
The air is pumped through a system of pipes, called ducts, which are located in the roof space. These ducts are usually silver to reflect heat better, which helps keep the air inside remain cool as it moves. Often a steel coil inside the duct will add strength, and extra insulation will help with energy efficiency.
The energy efficiency of ducted air conditioners is greatly aided by ‘zoning’, which is the dividing of space into different areas. This allows the system to work more effectively, with a ‘dump zone’ or ‘constant area’ normally used, to ensure that the whole system is never fully closed. If the system did close completely there could be a build-up of air pressure within the ducting which could cause damage.
Rooms or areas are zoned individually, which means that you control the airflow into each zone. Again, this adds to energy efficiency, and full benefits are truly felt when you also take a few energy saving precautions, such as keeping doors and windows closed.
Air regulators (or dampers) control the air being circulated into each zone, with air entering via a diffuser. There are different designs of diffusers, but all do the same job as a vent to allow air into the required space. The dampers open and close to allow the treated air to enter the room, and when a zone is switched off the damper closes completely.
Air is returned to the system through return air grilles. Like diffusers, there are different designs of grilles to suit all visual tastes. These important pieces of the jigsaw also house air filters which help to purify the air as it circulates. Some more advanced diffusers have an LED light that alerts the user when the enclosed filter needs cleaning: dirty grilles and filters directly impact the efficiency of ducted air conditioning, so it is important to ensure that all filters are cleaned regularly.
In a nutshell, that is all there is to ducted air conditioners: an indoor unit and outdoor unit working to pump air through the home or office, with each designated air conditioned zone supplied with air carried by ducts and dispersed through diffusers and regulated by dampers.
What is a Ducted Air Conditioner Suitable For?
Ducted air conditioning is hugely versatile, and is controlled by a zonal system that allows different areas to be on or off if and when necessary. Depending upon the type of system installed (see below), it can be used to cool or heat rooms or spaces. The whole system can be controlled by timer, meaning rooms can be cool when they are needed to be so without leaving the air conditioning on all day.
This type of system is ideal for the modern family home, where many rooms are likely to be used simultaneously. The house benefits from no hot or cold spots, meaning you can walk around the home in complete comfort: traditional systems don’t offer this luxury. Children can do their homework in comfort in their own rooms, while parents can watch their favourite television programs in peace.
Ducted air conditioning is also well suited to office buildings: no more putting jackets on and taking them off again when moving from one cold office to a hot office baked by the sunlight streaming through wall to ceiling windows. Zonal regulation also allows greater flexibility and distribution of air where it is really needed. Quiet running means less disturbance from work, and the top level filtration provided by ducted air conditioning ensures pure air all day and night.
The internal components of ducted air conditioning come in a range of designs, and so can be used in a variety of situations. They can melt seamlessly into a room’s décor, or be used as a focal design feature (in the way ceiling roses used to be): so, also great for when remodelling or for those building their dream home.
Different Types of Ducted Air Conditioners
There are a few different types of ducted air conditioners, and your selection will depend upon your specific property and needs, but our expert advice will certainly help ensure that you make the correct final decision:
Ducted Refrigerated Air Conditioning (also known as reverse air) is ideal for family homes that require cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. They are easy to control, and can be centrally zoned to reduce running costs even further. Air is recycled around a dozen times each hour, and the fan, ducting, and fittings are placed in the roof space. Generally these systems benefit from a service every eighteen months, which increases life and energy efficiency. The compressor is located outside, and this helps keep noise to a minimum level.
Perhaps the most prestigious of all ducted air conditioning is the ducted refrigerated variable refrigerant flow air conditioner. This type of system is perfect for multi-storey homes that have minimal cavity space for ducting to go into and for commercial buildings. Of compact design, they offer individual room/ area air conditioning control with high quality components and high energy efficiency.
When selecting the ideal system for your situation, you should make sure you buy with the following in mind:
- The plan of the building you want to benefit from air conditioning, including room sizes, location, and aspect (sunny or shady, for example).
- Size and orientation of windows and doors
- The type of construction and any insulation elements
- The number of people using the building, and how many are likely to be in each room at any one time, and what the rooms are used for (for example, sleeping, eating, working, etc.)
Benefits of Using Ducted Air Conditioners
When considering your needs for air conditioning, our experience – which stretches to more than 30 years – is that ducted air conditioning offers greater benefits to the user than other air conditioning solutions. There is a system to suit all needs, and reverse cycle air conditioning systems have the advantage of heating as well as cooling: comfortable in the summer, cosy in the winter. Benefits of ducted air conditioning include:
- Flexibility of choice for your unique circumstances
- Lower running costs offered from a wide choice of high energy rated units
- Zoning allows you to heat or cool different areas at different times, Many systems are enabled with programmable settings, reducing energy waste and further reducing the costs of running air conditioning
- Latest technology units and ducting mean that energy efficiency is increased, with latent temperatures controlled at the touch of a button
- Refrigerated ducted air conditioning reduces internal humidity, and circulates purified air several times every minute during the summer months
- With a wide range of units and components available, the overall system can be customised to individual taste and requirements, enhancing aesthetic qualities and further adding to the value of your home
- Systems can now be controlled through wi-fi applications, allowing full control of the system remotely, from a smartphone or Ipad.
- Ducted air conditioning is ideally suited to both new and existing homes, as first time installations or replacement of existing air conditioning systems
With a ducted air conditioner installation, your home or office will never suffer hot or cold spots again. Purified air is distributed evenly to the areas needed with zonal control, and run smoothly, efficiently, and quietly. You’ll find ducted air conditioning the perfect choice for your home or office.
To discover how your home or office can take advantage of all the benefits of ducted air conditioning, reducing your energy bills and maintaining a home or workplace atmosphere that matches your needs, contact Brisbane Air today for a free, no obligation quote. We look forward to hearing from you and adding you to our rapidly growing list of deeply satisfied customers.