Air conditioning systems come in all different shapes and sizes. There are split air conditioning systems, twin split systems with two indoor units and one outdoor unit, as well as floor standing, wall mounted and ducted units. If you require discreet, quiet and efficient air conditioning, then ducted units are the preferred choice for any domestic or commercial building. Ducted units are extremely discreet due to the units be located within loft and crawl spaces with only RAL matched grilles providing supply/return, however installation and equipment costs for this type of system are typically higher due to the additional work installing the duct etc.
The smallest ducted air conditioning system is around £1500 more than a wall mounted equivalent. This based on serving a typical bedroom of around 2-3kw. Ducted units lend themselves to installation in bungalows due to lofts that cover the same footprint as the entire building enabling greater ease and reduced costs for installation.
Of course, the installation of a ducted air conditioning system is only the initial cost. There are also power costs involved in running the system to produce cool air for the rooms of your home. There are several factors that you have control over to influence the operational costs of the system. Aside from the size of your system, the length of time that you keep the system running will obviously contribute toward its operational costs.
Another factor is the quality of the insulation in your home. If you notice your system is always on, it may be because you have poor insulation in which cool air escapes from. That is why the temperature you set on the thermostat can never stay consistent in the home. Upgrade your insulation and you’ll be amazed at how much money you’ll save on your next power bill. Finally, don’t set the temperature too cold. Choose a temperature that is comfortable without overdoing it.
Other tips for reducing your ducted air conditioning system cost include choosing an energy efficient system and finding the best deal with your local power company. This may require you to do a lot of research and shop around until you find the best prices possible, but it will be worth it because you’ll maximize your savings in the end.