Air conditioning has to be one of the best inventions ever as it has allowed people to live in relative comfort even in hostile environments like Australia. If you are looking to get an air conditioning unit this summer but don't really know a lot about the industry, then there are a couple of things you need to consider before making your choice, You could spend years reading up on every individual system and their pros and cons, so here is a simple rundown of the most common version: a split system air conditioning unit.
What Is A Split System Air Conditioning Unit?
The term split system is apt in the naming of this unit because it really is two units connected by a few (usually copper) pipes. The inside unit, the one you know as the air conditioning, is the one that disperses cold air while the outside unit has the compressor. The compressor is important because it pushes the refrigerant through the heating and cooling coils which in effect is the primary function of an air conditioning unit. This allows for a quiet indoor system as most of the heavy lifting is done in the outside unit.
Why Is A Split System Air Conditioning Unit Better?
When it comes to residential properties, a split system air conditioning unit is advisable because you only have to cool a (generally) smaller area. The other type of air conditioning is known as ducted air conditioning and that involves a central unit that releases the regulated air through ducts to various rooms. This costs a lot more to install and maintain when, for most homes, there is no real point. A split system can cool a moderate-sized area quite easily and costs thousands less. If you want to have two or even three areas that are cooled throughout your house, it is still likely cheaper to get multiple split system air conditioning units rather than ducted air conditioning. This also lets you control the temperature of individual rooms which is hard to do with ducted air conditioning.
Is Split System Air Conditioning Environmentally Friendly?
For a long time, air conditioning systems used a liquid known as chlorofluorocarbons (CFC's) which were very effective as a refrigerant but had a massively negative impact on the environment, particularly the ozone. Over a decade ago most countries around the world agreed to cut CFC use and today air conditioning units use much more environmentally friendly materials. The only environmental concern now is power usage, and there are many efficient split systems that use very little power while providing a very necessary service. Speak with an air conditioning professional about split system air conditioning options.