Making decisions on air conditioners while you’re building your new home or renovating your old one can be tough. There are so many to choose from, including trusted brands like Panasonic, LG, and Fujitsu ducted and split systems.
Don’t worry! We, at Ambience Air, are here to provide you with valuable tips on A/C matters when you’re renovating/building your home.
Fujitsu Ducted vs. Split Options: Choosing Your Air Conditioner
There are two types of air conditioning units to choose from: ducted and split air conditioners. Your ultimate choice for your new or renovated home will depend on various factors. This includes the condition of the house and your personal preferences.
A split-type A/C system has an outdoor unit (the compressor) and an indoor unit connected with piping. Every room will have its own multi-head split system unit. This system allows individuals to set their A/C temperature in their own space.
Units like the Fujitsu ducted A/C system has a central unit. On the other hand, use a network of ducts to process and fan out the air. This system is common in shopping centres, offices, and other commercial or business establishments. However, it’s making its way to modern homes. It generally enables a consistent temperature over a large area.
LG and Fujitsu ducted systems: Areas to be cooled with various brands
For large homes with open rooms, brands like LG or Fujitsu ducted A/C systems are generally more efficient. This is beneficial when you want to expand your home because you’ll only have to invest in the ductworks and not an additional A/C unit. As a result, ducted systems offer greater installation and running-cost efficiencies compared to split systems in large spaces.
However, when it comes to renovations, especially old houses built in the mid-1900s, you should reconsider having ducted systems depending on the following:
- Existing roof structure: Roof trusses and supports may limit the space available for the A/C and its ducts
- Existing layout: Installations between the ceiling and roof will make it challenging to install the ductworks. These installations can include support beams, electrical wirings, ceiling fans and lights
- Ceiling type: Raked ceilings, popular in the ’60s and ’70s, are not ideal for duct installations due to stability issues
- The roof dimensions and the degree of the roof’s pitch. These will determine the available space for the A/C unit and its ducts. It will also determinen the difficulty for the A/C installers to put everything in place.
A split A/C system is cheaper to install and more energy efficient for houses with few rooms or smaller spaces.
Ease of installation
Split A/C systems are much easier to install compared to ducted systems. This applies regardless of whether you’re building a new home or renovating an existing one. The indoor units will only have to be located in the rooms that need cooling e.g. the bedrooms. Indoor and outdoor units are connected with piping. As a result, you’ll only have to worry about small holes in the wall.
Ducted A/C systems need to be installed throughout the entire house. This means that they require significant work. Furthermore, it’s also challenging to plan, design, and retrofit a ducted A/C system into an existing home. This is because you’ll have to consider the current layout and structure of the roof, ceiling, and anything in between. On the other hand, it’s easier to design a ducted system during the house’s planning/designing stage or in modern new builds which has ample spaces for ducting.
Ducted A/C systems offer greater savings in larger spaces, but upfront costs are higher. In the long term, this is especially true in the case of expanding or modifying the house. Conversely, installing split A/C systems are practical when you only have a small area in need of cooling. However, it will be too expensive long-term when expanding your house or adding new rooms. This is because you’ll have to buy indoor units for every space in need of cooling.
There are aesthetic differences between the two A/C systems if it matters to you. For one, the A/C units with split systems are notorious for their noticeable oblong form up on the wall. While most people can ignore this, it can pose problems when you’re particular about your overall interior design.
Above the ceiling is where the ducts are generally hidden ensuring the ducted system remains discreet. But you’ll know the system exists with the presence of the air vents on the walls. The unit is both operated with a controller and a touch screen device.
Choosing the Right Air Conditioner Installer
Installing an A/C unit is not something you can DIY; You will need to book a professional service. This is also important to ensure your unit complies with applicable legislation. Hiring the right A/C installers also means that the service doesn’t just stop after installation. It should continue with superb after-sales customer support to ensure your A/C unit is operating properly.
So how do you choose the right A/C installer?
- Informative sales procedures: A great installer should be able to help you figure out the right A/C unit for your situation rather than just trying to make a sale. Quality customer service is best ensured when knowledgeable about a variety of trusted brands. These include brands like Panasonic, Samsung, and Fujitsu ducted and split systems.
- Free in-home, no-obligation quote: A confident, professional company can provide you with a clear A/C installation quote without pressuring you into an unnecessary deal. As a client, you should be able to make a well-informed decision for your A/C needs by being able to compare quotes from various companies.
- Good communication: It should be easy to contact the company through phone, fax, email, and even a shop visit. They should also be able to respond promptly to your inquiry. A company with multiple local locations is also a good indication that it’s a trusted installer in the industry.
- Considerable years of experience: The skill and knowledge of the installer is best demonstrated by their length of experience as an A/C and heating specialist. Furthermore, being a multi-awarded winner in the industry boosts the company’s status as a trusted brand.
- Absolute service professionals: A/C installation is professional work that should adhere to strict standard quality procedures. A knowledgeable, skilled supervisor should closely oversee the installation. Professional installers can discuss the job details, important product information and demonstrate how the A/C works for you.
- Clear warranty information: A trustworthy A/C installer should be able to clearly discuss the installation and product warranty with you. Included is information on who will bear the expenses related to replacement parts and shipping in case some components need to be sent back to the manufacturer.
- Financial options: What sets a superb A/C installer from regular installers is the capability to provide their potential clients with sound, attractive financial packages to make A/C purchases and installations affordable. A superb company is also able to assist potential clients in processing applications for Building Bonus Grants and HomeBuilder Grants.
- Customer support and after-sales service: The company should have dedicated, friendly customer service and an after-sales team to ensure that your A/C will be well-taken care of even years after its installation.
So Why Ambience Air?
Founded in 2003, Ambience Air ticks all the boxes discussed above and more. Aside from providing excellent professional, friendly services throughout the entire buying process and beyond, Ambience Air can also beat any genuine written quote for A/C products and installation in Perth, ensuring that you’re getting the best value for the money. They’re also your one-stop shop for quality brands including Samsung, Breezair, Panasonic and Fujitsu ducted and split system system units. What’s more, Ambience Air is a local, community-trusted business that’s the first choice in A/C units for residents in Perth and areas of regional WA.
Smart Technology Integration with MyAir5
Smart homes are popular these days and you can have one by integrating your A/C units with the MyAir5 system that has a touchscreen control panel for your A/C. It is most effective you’re connected to the internet such as when watching YouTube videos, updating the online family calendar, and checking emails.
The possibilities with MyAir5 technology are amazing and include the following:
- Controls A/C units from Panasonic, Samsung, and Fujitsu ducted units, as well as other popular brands
- No need to have two control panels since it controls both the air management system and AC unit
- Can designate at most 10 zones (other systems can only handle at most 5), ensuring massive energy efficiency and precise airflow control
- The app is downloadable for most tablets and smartphones with Android or iOS, which means being able to control the A/C wherever you are
Optional features of MyAir are:
- Ability to set individual temperature settings for each zone
- Motion sensors that adjust the temperature setting to ensure energy efficiency
- Smart lighting allows you to adjust the lights in the house with the touch screen or app
Talk to AC Specialists for a More Well-Informed Decision
For more information on what’s the perfect air conditioning unit to have when building your new home or renovating your existing one in Perth and across regional WA, make sure to talk to the AC and heating specialists at Ambience Air. Contact us or visit one of our local showrooms today and discover a variety of trusted brands like Samsung, Panasonic, and Fujitsu ducted and split AC systems.