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Ducted Air Conditioning Brisbane
With over two decades of experience installing Brisbane ducted air conditioning systems, we are able to design, supply, and install the perfect heating and cooling solutions for your home or office.
Whether you are looking for ducted air conditioning as part of a new home, upgrading an existing system, or retrofitting a new system into an existing home, our skilled and experienced Brisbane team will deliver a high-quality solution that best suits your needs.
We pride ourselves on our service, reliability, and workmanship, which is why we have thousands of happy customers. Get in touch with our specialist ducted air conditioning Brisbane team today.
Fully qualified and insured technicians, with over a decade of experience
We pride ourselves on our customer service, from first contact to after sales care
5 year warranty on installations, in addition to the 5 year manufacturer’s warranty for extra peace of mind
Our local Brisbane ducted air conditioning specialists are courteous, professional, and great to work with
Our experience and the range of products we offer allows us to provide the right solution for our customers
Over 5000 quality completed installations
We offer free installation quotes for all Brisbane ducted air conditioning systems
We are a premium installation company offering high-quality brands including Daikin, Panasonic and Advantage Air
Our workmanship is impeccable, so you can simply relax and enjoy the comfort of your new system
We treat your home as if it’s our own. We want you to be happy with your new ducted air conditioning system, and the thorough clean-up after the job.
Experienced Brisbane Ducted Air Conditioning Specialists
We install ducted air conditioning systems for a range of property
types and sizes, whether homes, offices, industrial, or other buildings
across the Brisbane area and throughout South East Queensland. We can
assist with retrofitting to existing properties, new build projects and
upgrades to existing ducted air conditioning systems. Whatever your needs,
we will work with you to determine the ideal ducted air conditioning system
for your property. We can also assist with solutions where other air
conditioning companies have been unable to do so.
Installing Ducted Air Conditioning In Your Existing Property?
If you don’t have ducted air conditioning in your home, we can install a quality
new system for you. We install ducted air conditioning for a range of property types
and sizes, so we can provide exceptional solutions for almost any existing property.
Every property is different, so we start by discussing your needs over the phone.
If you have house plans, we normally like to review them as the next step, before
arranging an onsite visit to understand the installation options in greater detail.
Our assessment typically includes:
Inspecting your house plans (if available)
Determining the pitch of your roof
Assessing the position of the duct runs
Deciding which unit to recommend based on the living space you want to cool or heat, and the power you will need to run it
Depending on the age of your home, we will check for asbestos as part of our estimate
At the end of our assessment process, you will have a clear set of options and a
great deal of confidence and trust in our team.
Building A New Home With Ducted Air Conditioning?
Installing ducted air conditioning when you are building a new home is ideal. New build installations make concealing the system much easier and it gives us the opportunity to place outlets in optimal positions.
We have years of experience working directly with builders, developers, architects, engineers and homeowners. Builders commonly engage our team prior to submitting a tender, so we can provide a quote based on the architectural drawings. Homeowners and builders also engage us during the building process, which is fine too. The earlier we are involved, the more options we can provide, so we can make your home as comfortable and efficient as possible.
The installation process can start at the frame stage, as soon as the roof and electrical work are complete. New home installations typically take place in two stages. The first stage is to position the duct work, indoor unit, interconnecting cables and copper pipe. After this, the gyprock can be installed in the new home. We can then return to install the external unit, cut out the ceiling registers (vents) and install the control system, so everything is perfectly positioned and concealed.
We are here to help, so reach out as soon as you can or put us in touch with your builders directly, and we can take care of everything.
Upgrading Or Replacing Your Ducted Air Conditioning System?
If you have an older ducted air conditioning system that needs an upgrade, a site inspection will reveal if we can utilise some of the existing materials including, duct work, zone control system and registers, as well as replacing your indoor and outdoor ducted units.
Depending on the age of the ducted system you are looking to upgrade, a significant reduction in running costs can be achieved with a new ducted system that has Inverter Technology, a high efficiency refrigerant (such as R32), and an Advantage Air MyAir5 zone control system.
After an initial discussion, we normally arrange to come and see your home, so we can assess the existing ducted system and the options for your upgrade. Depending on your specific needs, we can then recommend retaining parts of your old system, extending the existing system or replacing everything. For example, you may want to extend the system’s reach by cooling a larger area in your home, in which case we’ll install a unit with higher capacity, and lengthen the ducting.
Our quote includes the removal and disposal of any parts of your existing system that aren’t required, additional trade work if needed, the new ducted system units and parts, plus our complete installation process. We manage the whole project and typically complete these installations within one day, allowing you to relax and enjoy your new ducted system.
How Do You Recommend The Right Brisbane Ducted Air Conditioning System For Me?
To provide the best solution, there are several factors to take into account:
The floor plan and internal structure
Internal and external construction material
The presence and type of insulation
The available power supply
The ceiling space available for the installation of the ducted indoor unit
The number of doors and windows, and their size
The number of people living in your home
The purpose of each room
After assessing these key factors, we will recommend the ideal ducted air conditioning system for your Brisbane property.
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How much does it cost to install a ducted air conditioning system?
Brisbane ducted air conditioning prices are determined by a number of different factors and range from $5,000 through to $30,000+, depending on the size of the property.
Here are the main factors that affect the price of a ducted air conditioning system.
The size of your property is the biggest cost factor, and is determined by the total size of the living area that you want to cool / heat, rather than the number of bedrooms. Larger areas require machines with higher capacity, which are more expensive.
Although bedrooms aren’t an accurate measurement of cost, it can be helpful to see a rough cost based on the number of bedrooms in your home, which you’ll find below.
Rough guide to ducted air conditioning cost, by number of bedrooms
$7,000 - $8,000
$8,000 - $10,000
$10,000 - $12,000
Note: this is a guide only and a specific quote is needed for each property
Daikin, Panasonic and other well-known brands are the industry standard for air conditioning systems. Higher-quality brands are generally more reliable, have greater energy efficiency, and last longer.
If you have a lower budget, you may be able to find cheaper alternatives, but be aware that these systems are likely to cost you more in the long run in both electricity and maintenance, so it’s important to understand the lifetime cost of your new ducted system.
The air conditioner’s zone control system will determine how easily it can be controlled. Control systems range from simple push button wall-mounted panels to advanced mini touch pads combined with full smart features allowing you to adjust the climate from your tablet or mobile phone. The more advanced zone control systems do cost a little more, so you simply need to consider the amount of control you are looking for.
Machines that have low energy efficiency may be cheaper to buy initially, but your electricity bill will be higher, especially with regular use of your system. If you invest in a machine with better energy efficiency, you will spend a little more upfront, but your electricity costs will be lower, with the potential for a substantial cost saving over time. It is always worth considering the lifetime cost of your ducted air conditioning system including the running costs, rather than simply the initial cost of the unit.
What are the running costs of a ducted air conditioning system?
Running costs depend on a number of different factors, including:
The capacity of the ducted system
The energy efficiency of the main cooling unit
The set temperature. Each additional degree will increase running costs by 10-15% (see our guide for the ideal temperature settings)
The hours of operation
The amount of insulation in your home
For a rough estimate of running costs, let’s consider the following typical setup:
20kW ducted air conditioning system, with six zones
Average output is 8kW
Used for 120 hours per quarter
Electricity cost is 22c/kWh
Using these figures, we can calculate that the ducted air conditioning system uses 960kW per quarter (8kW x 120 hours), which at a cost of 22c per kWh, comes to a total of $211 ($844 for the year). While this is only an example and individual running costs do vary depending on usage, it provides an illustration of just how energy efficient your new ducted air conditioning system can be.
How ducted air conditioning works
Ducted air conditioning works by drawing air from the space to be air conditioned, passing the air over a heat exchanger that either cools or heats it, and then returning the air back into the space. This process takes place in the indoor unit located in the roof space. The outdoor unit supplies the heat exchanger in the roof with the means to add the cooling or heating. Air circulation is usually zoned, which allows you to choose which areas to cool or heat, and their temperature.
The system is often designed for an entire home, and includes a central indoor unit, and an outdoor unit. Ducted air conditioning provides the homeowner with a more subtle and less intrusive cooling or heating effect than a wall mounted split system (which produces a blowing effect), and allows you to regulate the temperature of your property from a single, highly-controllable system. The main features of ducted air conditioning systems are outlined below.
This part of the ducted system is normally installed into the roof cavity and delivers ‘conditioned’ air throughout the home. This unit consists of a heat exchange coil, fan, filters and remote signal receiver.
This is fitted externally and is commonly referred to as the condenser. It works in conjunction with the indoor unit, pumping refrigerant between the two units. The outdoor unit includes a compressor, heat exchange coil and propellor fan.
Zones are the areas of the property that you want to cool or heat, which can be turned off when not being used. If using a zone control system such as Advantage Air’s MyAir5, you’ll be able to set different temperature levels as needed.
Vents (or ceiling registers) are where the air is delivered into each room via the flexible ducting (‘flex’). A range of designs for your ceiling vents can be chosen, based on what best suits your home.
Sensors measure the temperature of the climate-controlled areas, to keep them at the right setting.
Control units are where you control the air conditioning system. You may have multiple units for larger houses, for example multi-story houses. For highly advanced systems, you can control the system from a smartphone or tablet.
What are the benefits of ducted air con?
For bigger homes that require a larger total space to be cooled or heated, ducted air conditioning is more efficient when compared to split systems. Gold-standard systems like Daikin and Panasonic are usually inverter based, which adjusts cooling/heating output based on the room’s temperature, resulting in effective regulation.
In a typical modern ducted air conditioning system, every kilowatt of electricity results in three or more kilowatts of heating/cooling capacity, although this varies depending on the energy star rating.
An older split system can sound like a hurricane compared to modern ducted air conditioning. Even modern split systems tend to be noisier than ducted systems, so if you’re looking for peace and quiet, ducted air conditioning is likely to be your ideal choice (although larger ducted systems can be on the noisy side). Having multiple split systems around the house is less aesthetically pleasing than having a single ducted system. In a ducted air conditioning system, the units are hidden away in the ceiling or floor, which masks the noise and makes for a quieter, more serene experience.
Ducted air conditioning uses zones that can be controlled from a phone or tablet, or wall-mounted control pad, giving you complete control over your own comfort. You can even activate the system while you are at work, kilometres away from your home, so that it’s nice and cool when you arrive. If you have a regular schedule, you can set a daily timer to do the same thing.
A split system uses wall-mounted air conditioners, which some people find unsightly. Ducted air conditioning, on the other hand, is hidden in the floor or ceiling and delivers cool/hot air by subtle vents that blend with your home.
Ducted air conditioning is a superior system that is efficient, highly controllable, and hidden away, adding value to your home.
If a ducted air conditioning system is regularly serviced, it should last longer than 15 years.
Does reverse cycle air conditioning heat as well as cool?
Yes, a reverse cycle air conditioning system uses a reversible refrigeration cycle, allowing it to both cool and heat a property. This makes it perfect for places with hot summers and cool winters.
When the unit is in cooling mode, it works like a normal air conditioner. When it is in heat mode, two things happen:
The indoor evaporator coil switches to a condenser coil, producing heat instead of cold.
The outdoor condenser unit switches to an evaporator, emitting cold air instead of heat.
Reverse cycle air conditioners also filter and dehumidify air that goes through the system, creating a more enjoyable and healthier climate.
Ducted air conditioning is recommended to be serviced annually depending on the application. Your local Brisbane ducted technician will explain how to maintain the system during installation, and can answer any questions you might have going forward.
We offer an industry-leading 5-year warranty on the installation of our Brisbane ducted air conditioning systems, in addition to the standard 5-year manufacturer warranty on the equipment itself, which covers faults, malfunctions and damage.
This depends on the structure of your property, but we will do our best to accommodate. For a new build, we can plan the vent locations much more easily, but for an existing property, we will need to work with the property to give you the best options.
The rule of thumb calculation is to multiply the total daytime living area by the ceiling height (scaled below). Naturally, you’ll find that a house with higher ceilings requires an air conditioner with a larger capacity, because a greater volume of air needs to be cooled or heated.
For a house with a ceiling height of 2.4 metres – Multiply the total daytime living area (m²) x 150 (watts)
For a house with a ceiling height of 2.7 metres – Multiply the total daytime living area (m²) x 160 (watts)
For a house with a ceiling height of 3 metres – Multiply the total daytime living area (m²) x 175 (watts)
These calculations will give you the amount of watts you need. Once you have this number, you can move the decimal point three points to the left to convert it to kilowatts.
As an example, let’s calculate the ducted air conditioning for a 4-bedroom house. The average-sized 4-bedroom house in Brisbane has a daytime living area of approximately 85 square metres with 2.7 metre high ceilings. In this case, 85 x 160 watts = 13.6 KW. Therefore, the home needs an air conditioner with a capacity of around 13.6 KW.
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