Best Ducted Air Conditioners
Best Ducted Air Conditioner
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) $2,670.00 to $6,549.00
- Build Quality4.6 (20)
- Value for Money4.5 (22)
- Ease of Use4.6 (22)
- Cleaning & Maintenance 4.4 (19)
- Noise Level4.4 (22)
- Heating / Cooling Speed4.5 (21)
- Features Inverter, On/Off Timer and Remote Control
- Auto Cleaning (Self Cleaning)No
- Auto Restart FunctionNo
- Max Indoor Sound Pressure Level38 dB to 52 dB
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) $1,689.00 to $3,628.00
- Build Quality3.8 (37)
- Value for Money3.4 (37)
- Ease of Use3.9 (38)
- Cleaning & Maintenance 3.9 (31)
- Noise Level3.5 (37)
- Heating / Cooling Speed4.3 (32)
- Features On/Off Timer, Remote Control 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
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 Quality4.7 (3)
- Value for Money4.3 (3)
- Ease of Use4.7 (3)
- Cleaning & Maintenance 4.7 (3)
- Noise Level4.0 (3)
- Heating / Cooling Speed4.0 (3)
Panasonic Inverter technology aims to reduce wasteful energy consumption, as well as ease the burden of ducted air conditioners on electricity bills.
Price (RRP) $2,910.00 to $4,602.00
The Australian-made Breezair Supercool Range is manufactured by multi-award winning Seeley International, which has been recognised for its outstanding product design and energy efficiency in the 2017 Australian Good Design Awards and The Energy Awards 2019.
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) $3,490.00 to $5,400.00
Latest review: Purchased approx 7 yrs ago worked fine until 3 weeks ago when fan stopped electrician found faulty board and motor at same time price to fix is $1700 expensive to fix to Install complete new unit
Latest review: This unit is so bad it that on days over about 28c it actually heats the house instead of cooling. Went to VCAT and was awarded a refund but don’t know if I’ll ever see my money. It was recommended an
Latest review: Thanks Dean & Team at AirConemi Great system Great recommendation Great install & Great follow up assistance & help. The unit are quiet, efficient & well worth the spend in these cold ACT winter.
Latest review: Our house is located inland northeast Victoria were humidity is usually low. We replaced a 7.5Kw split system, it provides much better cooling with very low power usage (compared to split system).
Latest review: Installing a Kaden to replace an existing old unit was a simple and fast process. We have noticed an immediate improvement on the old unit, cooler air and quieter operation means we can leave it on
Latest review: Brought this unit after being recommended by my local plumber and so far it’s been great through the recent hot weather providing heaps of airflow and is really easy to u
How do Ducted AC’s work?
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 , 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?
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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