Step-by-Step Guide: How to Install Ducted Air Conditioning in Your Australian Home

Phill Crawley

Smarter Air & Electrical

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How to Install Ducted Air Conditioning in your home

How to Install Ducted Air Conditioning in your home

How to Install Ducted Air Conditioning in your home is a common question and one of the most popular choices for people living in Brisbane & Gold Coast to keep cool.

A ducted air conditioner consists of 4 main components as follows:

  • Outdoor Unit – This houses core components such as a condenser coil, fans and compressor.
  • Indoor Unit – Contains a cooling coil, drain pan & fans to distribute the cooled air.
  • Duct & Componentry – Insulated ductwork delivers the air to each room, and the effectiveness of the insulation has a certain “R-value.” The higher this R-value is, less heat will transfer from your roof space into your ducts. Flexible duct with an R1.0 rating is Australian standard (AS4254.1) for residential homes in Brisbane & Gold Coast; ask your installer about upgrading to flexible R1.5, expect this to cost around AUD$300-$500.
  • Zone Controls – Basic zone controllers allow you to turn zones On or OFF. One more popular option is MyAir, which allows each room in your home to have its own temperature set individually. This way you can get the perfect comfort and energy efficiency..

When you want to know how to install ducted air conditioning in your home or looking to replace your old existing one with a newer model, it is important to consider these things..

How to Find the Best Ducted Air Conditioning

Not all ducted air conditioner units are created equal, and each type has their own pros and cons. Choosing the best system for your home is important.

When shopping for a new ducted system, you’ll want to keep these things in mind:

  • Price: Ducted air con system costs can vary due to the different brands and features offered. Consider what you need and determine what you’re willing to pay for it; then, look into what’s available at that price point. You may want to read customer reviews or ask an expert about your favorite brands before making your decision. The below prices can be used as a guide to help you decide if installing ducted air conditioning fits within your budget:
    • Small Home: $7k-$10k
    • Average Home: $10-14k
    • Large Home: $14k+
    • Energy Efficiency:  Ducted air conditioner brochures all show two values relating the efficiency of the air con, these are:
      • EER – energy efficiency ratio when in cooling mode, the higher the number the more efficient it will be in cooling mode.
  • COP – Coefficient of Performance when in heating mode, the higher the number the more efficient it will be in heating mode.
      • NOTE: Some manufacturers only publish the AEER & ACOP, please note these values are annualized and also take the air conditioners standby power into consideration. If you compare the EER of unit A with the AEER of unit B this is a flawed comparison as unit B has taken standby power into the equation.
  • Air Cleaning: In addition to cooling your home, an air conditioner helps you remove impurities like odours, bacteria & virus, mould and allergens. Panasonic units up to 16kW also include a NanoeX active purifier which removes PM2.5 (air particulates of less than 2.5 microns).
  • Noise: Remember that published noise levels will always be louder once your system is installed because the sound bounces off hard surfaces such as walls, amplifying it. Check out fairair.com.au for further info regarding air conditioner noise.
  • Warranty & Support: Most air conditioners on the market come with a full 5 year parts & labour warranty when the system is installed in a residential home. When choosing an air conditioner, most people don’t take the time to find out which brands have delivered the best after sales for their customers. If you want to know more about what they can do for your installation, talk with your installer and see!

What Are the Benefits of Installing a Ducted System?

One of the most obvious benefits of installing a ducted system is that it will help keep your whole home at a comfortable temperature all year long.

So what are some of the other benefits?

  • When compared to a split system the indoor unit is virtually silent as it is located in your roof cavity not inside the room.
  • The installation of split system air conditioners may require four or more units compared to a ducted system, which only requires one. This way, you can save valuable space outdoors and not waste it by installing multiple outdoor units.
  • Ducted systems feature aesthetically pleasing diffusers mounted in the ceiling, compare this to a split system that has the indoor unit mounted on the wall inside each room.
  • With smart zoning systems such as MyAir you can turn your ducted system on remotely from the mobile app on your smartphone!
  • Only one air conditioner to service and maintain each year.
  • They offer the flexibility to cool only a few or many rooms at once.

Considerations When Installing Ducted Air Conditioning

The most important things to consider when installing a ducted system are:

  •  The location of your outdoor unit. We recommend placing the unit outside a living room rather than a bedroom to keep noise to a minimum. Also make sure it’s at least 1.5 metres away from any gas bottles. 
  • Another consideration is how much space you have in your roof space for your indoor unit. You need to make sure your ducted air con sales rep gets inside the roof and measures up for which brand you are choosing. It is important so there won’t be any surprises on installation day.
  • If you’re looking to replace your ducted system, don’t forget that some of the existing parts may still be in good condition. Ask your air con installer if reusing them will save you money!
  • Before you make any decisions, be sure your installer is licensed to install and repair air conditioning systems through Arctick. They must also hold a license as an electrical contractor so they can complete the necessary electrical work as well!

Conclusion

Installing ducted air conditioning in your home will give you the benefit of controlling temperatures in each room without running up your energy bill. The installation process is relatively straightforward, but it pays to use a reputable installation company so that you can be guaranteed of quality workmanship.

If you are interested in installing ducted air conditioning in your home, get in touch with Smarter Air. We offer high-quality ducted air conditioner installations for any size home complete with 10-year workmanship guarantee.

 

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10 star review to the team at SmarterAir & Electrical have the WOW factor. Brilliant from start to finish. Having a Property Manager background and high standards I know quality service and you were fantastic! The Neo Panasonic unit ducted system is so quiet it’s a dream unit. Don’t even know it is on! Sensors in each room and can remotely turn the system off via the MyPlace app. Specialists in what you do and don’t outsource the annual service shows your genuine accountability “Thank you so much” to all involved, Alex, Davis, Amanda & Chris. Today the installation & electrical team, professional and friendly, Tom, Jake, Eden, Levi, Nav and Will were simply brilliant a Very big Thank you for making my day! They even vacuumed my house and cleaned up & used drop sheets when installing they really looked after my property. I will be adding lights and the garage door to the future to the MyPlace app and also will be upgrading my residential smoke alarms with them. I am a client for life and will recommend you to everyone. Nothing is too much trouble. I chose well and grateful for all of the answers to my questions. It takes a lot to WoW me these days, but you did, thank you for all your hard work.
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steve fernandes
Had my Panasonic ducted unit installed in December. They did not try and upsell me a unit that was too big for my house size ,...
steve fernandes
Had my Panasonic ducted unit installed in December. They did not try and upsell me a unit that was too big for my house size ,Other companies recommended 1 -2 (16kw-18kw)sizes bigger. Recommended a 12.5kw which would be sufficient for my home size or could get away with the larger 14kw(summers only getting hotter). Ended up going with a Panasonic 14kw Delux unit with MyAir. On the day all the materials were delivered 30 mins (6.30am) before the guys turned up. Started at 7 am and left by 2 pm, They check with me the location of each room where the ducts were going as I have fans as well. House was vacuumed and marks on the wall cleaned. The electrician stayed back till about 3 ish to finish up, test each zone and run through the MyAir tablet. Easy to deal with, quick responses with emails and calls and happy to work with me as I built a stand so my unit was of the ground. Also went up in the ceiling to finish off some work and the ducting is all tidy. Highly recommend!
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Saji Joseph
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Matthew Harriott
The guys at Smarter Air and Electrical are great. From the inspection and quote through to the install and after sales service the company is ...
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Bhavesh Bhatt
The guys at Smarter Air did very good job at installing ducted system in my already built home. Starting from their Sales team to...
Bhavesh Bhatt
The guys at Smarter Air did very good job at installing ducted system in my already built home. Starting from their Sales team to customer rep to Electrician and installation team all were very professional and helpful. Highly recommended 👍🏼
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I was nothing but impressed of the leadership and workmanship of smarter air & Electrical crew ( Davis, Benji, Levi, Nav Jake and Will) that came out to fit our Panasonic ducted air conditioner.The pre inspection was so important cause they new exactly what they were up for ! Thanks Davis !! The crew did a terrific job , they cleaned after themselves explained what they were doing and most of all respected the household which was very appreciative . We would highly recommend Smarter Air & Electrical to family and friends. Well done !! Thank you
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