Once you've decided to install air conditioning in your home, you'll need to make a few decisions so that it suits your needs. Here's an outline of several basic considerations.
Air conditioning can be set up in different ways by aircon services. You could install a split system that consists of an outdoor unit connected to an indoor component that blows cold air. These setups are perfect if you want to cool one room or area.
If you want to heat more spaces, you might opt for a multi-split system instead. These systems connect one outdoor unit to several indoor components. Thus, you can heat multiple rooms. Additionally, you'll have central control over where to direct the air as you can adjust the settings for distinct zones in your house independently.
The most elaborate system is ducted air conditioning. The main operating component is built on the roof or outdoors. It blows air inside through a duct network that delivers coolness into the rooms via vents in the floor, walls, or ceiling.
Which is most suitable depends on how extensive an area you want to cool. Also, think about how long you're planning to live in your home. If you'll be living there for many years, a more elaborate ducted system may be worthwhile. A ducted system gives a sleeker look to your home as the vents are more unobtrusive than bulky units.
Another decision you'll need to make is whether to install a system that only cools or one that heats as well. For this, you could install a reverse cycle system that does both. Air conditioners work by extracting warmth from the air in the rooms. This warmth is absorbed by the refrigerant that runs through the coils to the outdoor unit, where the heat is released. The now cold refrigerant then travels through the coils back inside to absorb more heat. So the process continues.
When the system is in heating mode, it does the reverse. It absorbs the ambient warmth in the outdoor air and releases it inside. A reverse cycle system will mean that you have one system that both heats and cools your home. This is convenient in terms of maintenance. Also, your house won't have both heaters and coolers in each room, taking up space.
Air conditioning units come with additional features that increase their convenience. For example, you could install a system that is WiFi controlled, allowing you to turn the cooling on and off from a phone app if you're out. Another option is a motion detector sensor that adjusts the settings depending on whether it recognises that people are in the room. This will save energy and prevent the system from cooling empty spaces to the same extent as occupied areas.