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Air Conditioner Types Explained

Do you know which air conditioning system is best suited for your needs?  Do you even know what your options are?  Have a quick look through this guide to familiarise yourself with the types of air conditioners in the market today.

 

Portable air conditioning systems

  • Floor standing units with either an exhaust duct or a condenser on the end of hoses
  • Can be easily moved around and also disconnected and packed away when not in use
  • Available in cooling only and in reverse cycle options
  • Best suited for small rooms up to 20 square meters

 

Window / Wall (box) air conditioning units

  • Fits into the upper or lower half of a window or wall
  • Cooling mechanism and output device are part of the same unit
  • Disadvantage: can be heard working inside the room
  • Available in cooling only and in reverse cycle options
  • Best suited for areas up to 50 square meters
  • Price depends on power output of the unit

 

Split (hi-wall) air conditioning systems

  • Compressor (outdoor unit) is placed externally (keeping noise outside)
  • Evaporator (indoor unit) on an inside wall or in the ceiling or sometimes even floor standing
  • Outdoor unit can be connected to more than one indoor unit to heat or cool more than one room
  • Available in cooling only and in reverse cycle options
  • Suitable for rooms up to 60 square meters
  • Price depends on size and number of splits

 

Ducted air conditioning systems

  • Used to cool part or entire homes, offices and buildings
  • Usually is a split system in roof space or under floor
  • Cool air is piped down duct and through vents in ceilings or floors
  • Usually is ‘zone controlled’ which allows different areas to be air conditioned when occupied. On some systems you can even have different temperatures in different zones at the same time!

 

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