Spring is the perfect time to this about how you’re going to cool your home in the coming warm, summer months. But with so many cooling systems on the market, how do you know which is right for you?
You may have heard or know someone with evaporative cooling, reverse-cycle split systems, ducted reverse cycle, or gas add-on cooling but never really thought of what their differences are.
Different forms of cooling are marketed as “the best” choice, but it really depends on your personal circumstances and preferences.
Let’s take a closer look at your options, so you can make the best, most informed choice for you.
How they work: These cooling systems transfer water to a cooling pad, which becomes wet. When warm air enters the cooling unit, a fan is directed through the pad, creating cooled air through evaporation.
Benefits: This will give you the best value for your money, and is particularly handy if you have a larger home.
How they work: The process is similar to evaporative cooling, but rather than warm air passing through water to create cool air, it instead uses a refrigerate (cooling liquid). This system can also be reversed to convert cool air to warm in the cooler seasons.
Benefits: As the name suggests, split-systems can be used to both cool and heat your home. This is a great option for those who don’t have a sufficient heating system, and presents a ‘two-for-one’ installation option, which will save you money and space.
How they work: Instead of the system installed on an internal wall, ducted reverse-cycle systems are installed in the roof of homes. From the central location, a series of ducts are connected to as many rooms as desired. These ducts can be opened and closed, so you can heat of cool rooms individually.
Benefits: Ducted systems are very popular in new homes, as an effective, unobtrusive option offering both heating and cooling. You can heat your entire home or office, or only heat particular rooms that are in use, saving energy and reducing those power bills.
How they work: If you already have ducted heating that works a treat, home-owners can arrange add-on cooling to be installed using the same system.
Benefits: Fantastic if you’ve grown connected to your gas heating and prefer an unobtrusive cooling option. It also means less workload and hassle, as the vents have already been installed and are ready to go.