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Ducted vs Split System Air Conditioner

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Ducted vs Split Systems

Ducted Vs Split System Air Conditioner: 4 Things to Consider

You might be looking for air conditioner installation on the Sunshine Coast, where the weather is warm all year round. But, how to decide which system is right for your specific needs? How to choose a reliable system that will provide you with comfort but won’t cost you an arm and a leg?

There are many factors to consider before deciding whether to choose a split or a duct air conditioning system. A few things to have in mind are the size and the number of rooms to be cooled, efficiency, budget, maintenance expectations and so on.

Both ducted and split systems have their particular benefits and drawbacks when it comes to installation, maintenance and repair. Here is a quick overview of each system and how they compare to each other on a few key aspects.

split system air conditioner

Split System Air Conditioner

Split air conditioners get their name from the fact that the system is separated into two units: one indoor for filtering and air distribution and one outdoor with the compressor and condenser. The fact that the connection between the two units is made with flexible copper tubing makes the installation easier and cheaper when compared to duct air conditioner systems.


These units are highly effective at rapidly cooling individual rooms and smaller spaces. However, they become inefficient and energy-intensive when they are pushed to cool larger spaces or multiple rooms.


A major benefit of split systems is that they are more affordable upfront. Moreover, they are not only much easier and less expensive to install, but also have lower running costs.


The downside of split air conditioners is that they tend to require a little more maintenance and cleaning to remain effective. They are also more prone to breakdowns, however, maintenance and repairs are relatively inexpensive.


The average lifespan is shorter than ducted systems, and usually, it takes about five to ten years before major repairs or a replacement become necessary.

ducted air conditioner

Ducted Air Conditioners

Ducted air conditioners operate from a central unit which then distributes cooled air to multiple rooms through a network of ducts. They are less visually obtrusive than split air conditioners since most of the system is concealed inside the ceiling or under the floor and only the vents are visible.


Ducted systems are much more efficient than split systems when cooling large spaces and multiple rooms. They also tend to be more effective at maintaining a stable indoor climate.


The downside of ducted air conditioning is that it costs more upfront. They are also more complicated and expensive to install.


However, ducted systems generally require repairs less frequently – although when repairs are needed, they can be expensive. Maintenance also requires a specialist, which can be more expensive.


The lifespan of a ducted air conditioner system can range from 10 to 20 years, depending on how well and regularly serviced the system has been. After this point, the system has suffered wear and tear and repair may not be worth it anymore and it is probably time to consider replacing it with a new system.

Whether you choose a ducted or split air conditioning system, Tenmen Electrical got you covered. Contact us now to find out how we can help you stay cool with an air conditioner installation on the Sunshine Coast!


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