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Comparing Ducted Heating and Cooling vs Split Systems

Posted on June 15, 2024

When it comes to maintaining a comfortable indoor environment in Christchurch, selecting the right heating and cooling system for your home or office is crucial. Two popular options are ducted heating and cooling systems and split (or multi-room) systems—each has unique advantages and disadvantages, making them suitable for different applications. To help you make an informed decision about which one is best for you, let’s take a look at the key differences between these systems.

Ducted Heating and Cooling: Discreet Comfort for the Entire Home

Imagine a seamless flow of comfortable air throughout your entire house—ducted heating and cooling systems achieve exactly that. A central unit discreetly housed in the ceiling or under the floor distributes conditioned air through a network of ducts hidden within your walls or ceiling. Vents strategically placed in each room ensure consistent temperature control, eliminating hot and cold spots.

This type of system is ideal for those seeking year-round comfort, energy efficiency, and whisper-quiet operation. Unlike split systems, which consist of individual units placed in specific rooms, ducted systems use a network of ducts to distribute air evenly across the entire house. This ensures that every room in your home maintains a consistent temperature, offering unparalleled comfort and convenience.

Benefits of Ducted Systems

Even Temperature Distribution: Ducted systems excel at maintaining a consistent temperature throughout your entire home. No more hot spots in the kitchen or chilly bedrooms—just perfect comfort in every room.

Unobtrusive Design: Unlike split systems mounted on walls, ducted systems are hidden away, leaving your walls uncluttered and maintaining a clean aesthetic.

Zoning Potential (for advanced systems): Some ducted systems allow for zoning, enabling you to create different temperature zones in your home. This is ideal for sunny areas that may require less heating or cooling compared to bedrooms.

Reduced Noise: The central unit in a ducted system is typically located outside your living area, minimising noise intrusion.

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Ducted Systems Considerations

Higher Installation Cost: Ducted systems require installing ductwork throughout your house, making them a more significant initial investment compared to split systems.

Potential for Heat Loss: Depending on the quality of your ducts and insulation, there can be some heat loss during distribution, impacting efficiency. Regular maintenance and ensuring proper insulation around the ducts can help mitigate this.

Less Ideal for Smaller Homes: Ducted systems are best suited for larger homes where even temperature distribution is a priority. In smaller spaces, split systems might be a more cost-effective solution.

Split Systems: Targeted Comfort for Specific Areas

Split systems, also known as multi-room systems, consist of an outdoor compressor and one or more indoor units. Each indoor unit is responsible for heating or cooling a specific area or room. While split systems offer the benefit of zoned heating and cooling, they lack the centralised control and uniform temperature distribution that ducted systems provide. This means that if you have multiple rooms or a larger home, you may need several split systems to achieve the same level of comfort provided by a single ducted system.

Since they target specific areas, multi-room split systems are a cost-effective solution for compact living spaces. They allow you to prioritise heating or cooling in the rooms you use most frequently, keeping energy costs under control. If you have a home office that gets particularly warm during the summer months or a guest room that remains unused for most of the year, split systems with zone control capabilities allow you to adjust the temperature in each zone independently. This saves energy by directing heating or cooling only to the areas that require it.

Benefits of Split Systems

One Outdoor Compressor Required: If you don’t have a lot of outdoor space around your property, split systems are a great option as they only require one outdoor compressor to run multiple indoor units.

Easy Installation: Split systems typically require minimal disruption to your existing home structure, making installation quicker and easier.

Ideal for Smaller Homes: Since they target specific areas, split systems are perfect for heating or cooling smaller homes where even temperature distribution is less crucial. However, if you have a two-storey home or a home with a tight roof space, split systems are also your best bet.

Multiple Head Units Possible: You can install multiple head units in different rooms throughout your home, allowing you to cool or heat specific areas as needed. You’re also able to use different heat pump models in different spaces—this means that you can choose the best heat pump for your space. For example, you might opt for a floor console in bigger living areas, and a smaller, more compact unit for the bedrooms.

Split Systems Considerations

Visible Units: Wall-mounted head units can be visually prominent, potentially affecting the aesthetics of your room.

Uneven Temperature Distribution: Since they target specific areas, split systems may not provide the even temperature control that ducted systems offer throughout the entire home.

Potential for Noise: The indoor head unit can generate some noise during operation, although modern systems are becoming increasingly quieter.

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Mitsubishi Electric: The Ideal Solution

For those seeking whole home central heating or cooling at a constant temperature throughout the entire house, a Mitsubishi Electric Ducted Heat Pump System is an excellent choice. It combines the efficiency of ducted systems with advanced ventilation solutions, ensuring optimal comfort and energy efficiency. 

Designed to provide whole-home central heating and cooling at a constant temperature throughout your house, a Mitsubishi Electric Ducted Heat Pump System offers year-round comfort, energy efficiency, and whisper-quiet operation, making it the best ducted heat pump in Christchurch and all around New Zealand.

In particular, the Mitsubishi Electric OmniCore Multi Room Heat Pump System allows you to choose the perfect heat pump for each room with just one outdoor unit. Whether you’re after a small capacity whisper quiet unit for the bedroom, a compact floor console for the home office, or a discreet ducted model for the lounge, there is a style and capacity to fit any room – the choice is truly yours.

While a standard heat pump system is made up of a single indoor and outdoor unit, an OmniCore Multi Room Heat Pump System allows you to connect multiple indoor units to a single outdoor unit. This not only gives you the freedom to choose the indoor model that’s best suited to each and every room in your home, it also enhances exterior aesthetics by reducing the number of outdoor units.

With a wide range of variations in airflow options and flexible duct design, Mitsubishi Electric Central Ducted Heat Pump Systems provide greater freedom in the placement of indoor units throughout the home. There are a large selection of models to suit every home including low profile units—the perfect answer for buildings with minimum ceiling installation space. and wide-ranging external static pressure. 

If a split system suits your requirements better, the Mitsubishi Electric OmniCore Multi Room Heat Pump System allows you to choose the perfect heat pump for each room with just one outdoor unit. Whether you’re after a small capacity whisper quiet unit for the bedroom, a compact floor console for the home office, or a discreet ducted model for the lounge, there is a style and capacity to fit any room – the choice is truly yours.

While a standard heat pump system is made up of a single indoor and outdoor unit, an OmniCore Multi Room Heat Pump System allows you to connect multiple indoor units to a single outdoor unit. This not only gives you the freedom to choose the indoor model that’s best suited to each and every room in your home, it also enhances exterior aesthetics by reducing the number of outdoor units.

In addition to its exceptional heating and cooling capabilities, Mitsubishi Electric offers a cutting-edge solution for ventilation through the Lossnay Fresh Air Heat Recovery Ventilation. 

The Mitsubishi Electric Lossnay System is a patented heat recovery ventilation solution that uses fresh air to ventilate your home. The system works by extracting stale air from inside your house and replacing it with allergen-reduced fresh air from outside. At the same time, the system recovers heat energy from the stale air and uses this to pre-warm (or pre-cool) the incoming air. The result? A warmer, drier, and healthier home that costs less to heat (or cool).

For more information on the best heating and cooling system for your home or to request a quote, get in touch with the team at DC Installation Services today.

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