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Best Ducted Air Conditioners

Ducted air conditioners blow air through a duct system in the ceiling. They’re ideal for cooling or heating the entire house, providing comfort for everyone all year round. Continue Reading...

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ActronAir ESP Plus Series 2

ActronAir ESP Plus Series 2 · includes 7 listings

3.3 from 81 reviews
Cooling Power12.3 kW to 23 kW
Heating Power12.2 kW to 23.5 kW
Reverse Cycle Yes

The ActronAir ESP Plus Series 2 is an Australian made and designed line of ducted air conditioners, with an impressive cooling energy rating of 5 stars.

Price (RRP) A$1,689.00 to A$3,628.00

  • Build Quality
    3.9 (28)
  • Value for Money
    3.3 (29)
  • Ease of Use
    3.9 (29)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (23)
  • Noise Level
    3.5 (28)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.3 (23)
  • Features Remote Control, On/Off Timer and Wi-Fi Smart Control
  • Auto Cleaning (Self Cleaning)No
  • Auto Restart FunctionYes
  • Cooling Energy Rating 4.5 stars to 5 stars
  • Heating Energy Rating 4.5 stars to 5.5 stars
Mitsubishi FDUA Series

Mitsubishi FDUA Series · includes 10 listings

4.2 from 21 reviews
Cooling Power7.1 kW to 20 kW
Heating Power8 kW to 22.4 kW
Reverse Cycle Yes

With 8 options to cater to differently sized homes, Mitsubishi states that its FDUA Series works as quietly and discreetly as possible. With a majority of positive ratings, including a 4.4-star noise level rating, it appears that Mitsubishi is delivering on its promises.

Price (RRP) A$2,670.00 to A$6,549.00

  • Build Quality
    4.7 (15)
  • Value for Money
    4.4 (16)
  • Ease of Use
    4.7 (16)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.4 (14)
  • Noise Level
    4.4 (16)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.4 (15)
  • Features Remote Control, On/Off Timer and Inverter
  • Auto Cleaning (Self Cleaning)No
  • Auto Restart FunctionNo
  • Max Indoor Sound Pressure Level38 dB to 52 dB
ActronAir ESP Platinum QUE

ActronAir ESP Platinum QUE

4.4 from 16 reviews

As the latest series of air conditioners from ActronAir, the brand claims that the ESP Platinum QUE offers improved comfort, reliability and energy efficiency.

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (2)
  • Value for Money
    4.5 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (2)
  • Noise Level
    4.0 (2)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.0 (2)
Fujitsu High Static Single Phase

Fujitsu High Static Single Phase · includes 9 listings

3.4 from 32 reviews
Cooling Power8.5 kW to 15.8 kW
Heating Power10 kW to 18 kW
Reverse Cycle Yes

With its exclusively residential range of air conditioners, the Fujitsu High Static Single Phase series is suitable for spaces ranging from smaller apartments to multi storey homes.

Price (RRP) A$3,490.00 to A$5,400.00

  • Build Quality
    2.3 (3)
  • Value for Money
    2.3 (3)
  • Ease of Use
    3.0 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (2)
  • Noise Level
    2.7 (3)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    2.7 (3)
  • Features Evaporative Cooler, On/Off Timer and Inverter
  • Auto Cleaning (Self Cleaning)No
  • Auto Restart FunctionYes
  • Max Indoor Sound Pressure Level40 dB to 46 dB
Panasonic Inverted Ducted

Panasonic Inverted Ducted · includes 8 listings

3.9 from 17 reviews
Cooling Power6 kW to 14 kW
Heating Power7 kW to 16 kW
Reverse Cycle Yes

Panasonic Inverter technology aims to reduce wasteful energy consumption, as well as ease the burden of ducted air conditioners on electricity bills.

Price (RRP) A$2,910.00 to A$4,602.00

  • Build Quality
    4.1 (8)
  • Value for Money
    3.1 (9)
  • Ease of Use
    4.3 (8)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (8)
  • Noise Level
    3.4 (8)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    3.7 (7)
  • Features Inverter, Remote Control and Wi-Fi Smart Control
  • Auto Cleaning (Self Cleaning)No
  • Cooling Energy Rating 1.5 stars to 3 stars
  • Heating Energy Rating 2.5 stars to 4 stars
  • Max Indoor Sound Pressure Level43 dB to 51 dB
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How do Ducted AC’s work?

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The cooled (or heated) air originates from one central location where the air conditioner has been installed, usually in the roof, and is sent throughout the house through a system of ducts.

The ducted air conditioner is connected to the house's power supply by an electrician. Due to the complex and vast nature of a ducted air conditioner, the system must be installed by a professional. Most ducted systems offer reverse cycle air conditioning, which means they have cooling and heating functions.

You might notice in a shopping centre that the whole space, including every individual store is a consistent temperature. This is because most large buildings, such as shopping centres and libraries, use a ducted air conditioning system to keep the temperature uniform.

However, ducted air conditioners don’t always have to be kept at the same temperature in every section of the house. For spaces such as homes and offices, you can independently adjust the temperature in each room - these are called air zones.

Air zones are controlled via a master controller, individual controller or through an app you can download on your phone. Individualised air zones offer convenience and energy-saving options. For example, empty rooms can be turned down to a low temperature and then back up again when it’s in use. A premium ducted system will have motion sensors which can automatically adjust the temperature when someone leaves or enters the room to prevent energy wastage.

How much does ducted air conditioning cost?

Ducted air conditioners have more expensive installation and running costs than other air conditioner systems, such as split system air conditioners but they are also far more powerful.

A ducted AC unit on its own will cost around $1,000 to $8,000 but when factoring in installation costs they can range from around $5,000 to $15,000, depending on the size of your house. It’s also important to factor in maintenance costs into your budget, such as general maintenance and repairs, in addition to hiring a duct cleaning service. Some ducted air conditioners are self-cleaning but that will only do so much. It’s important to get them thoroughly cleaned every few years to ensure they are working at their optimum capacity.

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