Ducted Air Conditioning vs Split System: An Introductory Guide

When the summer heat hits, you’ll want to have your aircon system in tip-top shape. And, it’s important to have a functioning air conditioner in the winter months to keep you cosy when you’re cooped up inside. No matter what season it is, aircon is a must. 

Whether you need to repair your current aircon system or you’d like to upgrade your air conditioning altogether, there are a few options to choose from. Ducted reverse cycle air conditioning and split system air conditioning both offer unique benefits and considerations. 

At Perth City Air, we’re dedicated to providing you with effective air conditioning and prompt installation. Keep reading to learn more about each system.


What is ducted air conditioning?

Ducted air conditioning, also called ducted reverse cycle air conditioning, is the most popular cooling/heating option for residential and commercial buildings that desire yearlong comfort. But you may be wondering — how does ducted air conditioning work? 

A ducted reverse cycle air conditioner has a central unit that is then connected to various vents or air outlets throughout your building through ducts, hence the name of the system. Ducted air conditioning functions as a refrigeration system, recycling air through an indoor Fan Coil unit. 

These systems can switch between heating and cooling, making them flexible and cost-effective. Ducted aircon can be installed in multiple rooms, or zones, in your home. Zoning allows you to switch on or off individual rooms as desired or run your entire home all at once.

Ducted air conditioning vs split system

Although ducted air conditioning is a top choice among homeowners and larger properties, other aircon options exist. Here, we’ll compare the pros and cons of ducted air conditioning vs split system air conditioning systems.

Ducted aircon

Ducted air conditioning benefits

  • Efficient cooling, heating and fan-only modes
  • Zoning is cost-effective and environmentally friendly
  • Can service single rooms or an entire home 
  • Helps to filter air contaminants, like dust
  • Aesthetically discreet and quiet
  • Long lifespan, especially with proper servicing

Ducted air conditioning drawbacks

  • Larger initial investment to install
  • Smaller homes may not have enough room for a ducted system

Split system aircon

Split system air conditioning benefits

  • Good for cooling/heating small rooms
  • Easy to install 
  • Initial low-cost investment

Split system air conditioning drawbacks

  • Visible interior units can be unsightly
  • Designed for single rooms only


Find the best aircon for your Perth home

All in all, if you’re hoping to install a subtle air conditioning system that can cool your entire home, a ducted system is likely your best option. However, if you only require aircon in certain rooms and aren’t bothered by multiple units around your home, split system air conditioning may suit you.

Each type of air conditioning comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Be sure to consider the pros of cons of each to determine which aircon system is best for your unique home and needs. 

Air conditioning installation 

We offer ducted air conditioning installation starting at $8500. However, every residential home and commercial building is different, so the exact price will depend on the size of your property. Get a free quote now!

With over 30 years of industry service, our team has experience working on all types of aircon projects. Reach out for more information on effective air conditioning systems for your home in Perth.

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