The choice between a ductless and a ducted air conditioning system is one that almost every household intending to install AC grapples with. If the ducted system is what you finally settle on, there are several considerations you will further have to make regarding your installation. Of all these considerations, three stand out as the main players driving the cost and overall experience you will get from your ducted air conditioning. As expressed by many, a ducted air conditioning installation will be costlier than the initial costs of a split system, or even window systems. This may be attributed to the amount of ductwork needed to completely run through your house, and the work involved. You therefore need to settle on an effective and cost friendlier approach towards the installation work.
Design of ductwork layout
The layout of the ductwork will directly impact your overall installation cost. If you have a very big home, you need to find a way that minimizes the amount of ductwork while effectively reaching all rooms. You can discuss design options with your installer. Remember, you are allowed to determine what goes where and how. Pick an effective design that also minimizes the amount of necessary ductwork. While many homeowners may leave this part to the installation contractors, you should know that your input can save you some cash in the end.
While a ducted air conditioning is said to be aesthetically pleasing in comparison to split and window systems, you can easily end up with a design that may not look good in your home. Consider the location of vents and how they will impact the overall look of the room. AC vents in ducted systems are covered with panels, and these also have to be selected carefully. You do not want to end up with rooms having unpleasantly sized and near-ugly vents.
Another factor that loosely falls under aesthetics is the location of these openings. Do you want the conditioned air expelled nearest to beds in bedrooms? Do you want a vent directly over the main seating area in living rooms or at the further walls? How about in the kitchen? You must decide on all these locations carefully. Remember, sometimes the location of the vents may be critical to how quickly and effectively your ducted air conditioning conditions the room.
Location of the cooling unit
Ducted air conditioning features a nice control panel that can be directly installed on a wall. This is the beautiful partner in the arrangement. The cooling unit can be noisy and bulky. Some people have it situated outside the home while others have it located within the roof, walls or similar locations. You must decide carefully on where to locate your cooling unit. In this instance, you are considering how noisy it is, and how much ductwork it will take if the unit is located there.
With the above considerations in mind, you will find that having made the right choices reflects immediately on the cost and quality of your ducted air conditioning installation. For more information, contact Ridge Airconditioning or a similar company.