The right AC system can do wonders for you and your brood, and it not only makes everyone comfortable even in the hottest of summers – but it also makes your family healthier and less prone to respiratory conditions or ailments. The fact is, air conditioners have become a necessity for the average household, and whether you’re in the north or the south, you can reap the benefits of such an investment. But whilst there may be different systems, one of the most commonly installed systems is the split-type system. So, are you thinking of a split-type air conditioning system for your home as well? Here’s what you should consider.
The basic info
A split-type air conditioning system will consist of two components or parts, and these are connected with copper pipes containing refrigerant and various electrical connections. A typical system will have two tubes (around 28 millimetres in diameter), including the system’s insulation.
The available systems
- Single split
If you go for the simplest split system, it will have a single outdoor component/unit plus an indoor component/unit. It is referred to as a single-room AC system. The cost for this type of system is approximately £300, and if you are to have it installed, it will usually cost around £1200 for the entire system. The cost can also differ depending on your brand choice and location, as the Brighton air conditioning experts from Sub-Cool FM confirm.
The second type of split system consists of more than one unit indoors plus a single component/unit outdoors. The indoor components/units don’t usually come with individual controls. This makes it ideal for larger room operations or open plan spaces where you require more than a single unit to cool the entire area without controlling each unit individually.
- Multiple split
If you want individual control, you can consider the multiple split-type system, where you can connect one unit/component outdoors to up to 10 units/components indoors. Of course, the number of units you can connect indoors will vary according to the brand you choose. But with this, you can control each component or unit – meaning you can turn one off and turn another on as you require. A system like this is useful if you want to cool a specific part of your home during the daytime (like your bedroom or home office) but will only need to cool other spots (like your living area and individual bedrooms) at night. However, you should remember that this kind of system may not be able to heat one room and cool another room at the same time – it can simply heat or cool the areas simultaneously.
If you have a large home or even a commercial building or structure, you can opt for the VRF or variable refrigerant flow system, where you can connect over ten units indoors. With this system, you can also choose to install a hydrobox to enable your system to run as an air-to-water heat pump where you can heat water for washing and showering and central heating using radiators or underfloor heating systems. In addition, certain brands offer a heat recovery system connected to the VRF unit, allowing you to cool a room and heat water using the recovered heat.