A breakdown of split system air conditioners
Installing air conditioners in your home or business is a big purchase and one that can take some serious consideration. Air conditioning has come a long way since it was first introduced to the world. Split system air conditioners are a popular choice for both businesses and homeowners alike. This is because they have many benefits including energy efficiency, ease of installation and the fact that they can be used to create different temperature zones across multiple rooms of your home. Split systems also come in all sorts of sizes and capabilities, and knowing how they work can help you decide what size split system is the right choice for you.
What are split systems?
Split systems air conditioners are a popular choice of air conditioning in Australia. They usually comprise a single unit per room of the home and an outdoor unit that contains the compressor.
The two units on a split system air conditioner are usually connected via copper tubing. Most homeowners will have an easy time installing their unit without undergoing extreme renovations to their home. Usually, a few holes need to be drilled and that’s about it — if that! While every home and installation process is different, split systems are among the easiest types of units to install, since their two-unit build allows for the heavier tasks to be placed in an exterior location.
What size split system do I need?
When you invest in a new cooling system, you always want to be sure of how much space you need to cover. Depending on the size of your home or office building, you’ll likely need to invest in several split system units. As a general rule, you usually only require one per room. However, depending on other factors such as the size of the room, you may need more. Your air conditioning technician should be able to determine how many you require.
Split system air conditioners also come in many sizes. There are units big enough to cool over 1,000 square feet and units that cool under 200 square feet. You can find a unit for just about any room in your home or office. If you have a larger space, such as an auditorium or warehouse, there’s even split system air conditioning units specially designed for large commercial spaces. To determine what size air conditioner you need consider the following:
Air conditioner capacity
Split system air conditioners differ in both heating and cooling capacity. Heating capacity relates to the amount of heat that the unit can remove from a room, while cooling capacity is determined by how much air it can cool. Generally, the size of your home (and the number of rooms) will determine which size unit you require. However, there are other factors.
The size of your room or home
When trying to determine what size air conditioner you require, first you should determine the room size. An open plan room with a larger floor space may require a 6kW capacity air conditioner whilst smaller rooms such as a study or bedroom may only require 2kW. Once you have the size of your rooms, you’ll be able to research the different air conditioner manufacturers and the sizes they recommend based on your room dimensions.
In Western Australia, you’ll likely find most houses are at a similar ceiling height. However, if you have extra high ceilings you may want to consider this when calculating your room size and dimensions.
Your home’s location is also another important factor when determining your aircon size requirements. Houses located north of Western Australia will likely have different requirements to those in Australia’s southwest region. When considering location, orientation also plays a role. Large north-facing windows can quickly heat up a room and therefore require a higher-powered air conditioner in summer.
Let Busselton Refrigeration & Air Conditioning help find the right air conditioner for you
There are so many factors to consider when buying an air conditioner, but don’t worry! Finding the right size air conditioner isn’t as complicated as you may think. There’s no need to take matters into your own hands and calculate room size because there are professionals who can help with this task in a snap.
The team at Busselton Refrigeration & Air Conditioning services the entire southwest WA region. Whether you’re located in Busselton or Margaret River, we’ll be able to assist!. Contact us today to determine what size split system you require.