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Types of home Heating, Cooling & Air Conditioning Systems

Are you needing a new heating, cooling or air conditioning system for your home but don’t know where to start?

Learn about the different types of systems commonly found in Geelong & Melbourne homes.

Compare installation and running costs to find your perfect fit.

Kitchen with slim line roof vents for ducted air conditioning system

Ducted Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning

Whole-House Heating & Cooling | Ducted | Runs on Electricity

Ducted Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners are also known by many names: Ducted Air Conditioning,  Central Heating & Cooling, Electric Ducted Heating & Cooling, Ducted Split System and Refrigerated Cooling & Heating.

It comprises of an indoor unit which lives in your roof and an outdoor unit which lives outside.

It is becoming an increasingly popular in Geelong and Melbourne for many reasons including:  it’s the only heating and cooling system you need, it utilizes refrigerated cooling which gives you precise control over the temperature and it uses electricity which can be beneficial to those with solar. Plus they are becoming increasingly more affordable and energy efficient.

Alaskan Malamute laying next to a gas ducted heater floor vent

Gas Ducted Heating

Whole-House Heating | Ducted | Runs on Gas

Gas Ducted Heating is also known as Central Gas Heating.

Depending on the design of your house, the Heater can be “internal” and live in your roof cavity with outlets in your ceiling or “external” and live outside beside or under your house with outlets in your floor. Ducts are connected to the Heater which distribute warm air throughout your house.

It can be zoned so you only heat parts of your house when you need to.

Brivis Contour Evaporative Cooler in charcoal on roof

Evaporative Cooling

Whole-House Cooling | Ducted | Runs on Electricity

Evaporative Cooling is also known as Evaporative Air Conditioning, Ducted Evaporative Air Con and Swap Cooler.

The Cooling unit  lives on top of your roof and uses ducts to distribute the cool air throughout your house.

Evaporative Cooling is a very energy efficient way to cool your whole house and is a popular choice in Geelong and Melbourne due to its low running costs. However keep in mind the evaporative process doesn’t work when the weather is humid. So make sure you have a split system installed for those humid days.

Spit System Air Conditioners are suitable to install in most rooms of the house

Split System Air Conditioning

Room or Area | Ductless | Runs on Electricity

Split System Air Conditioners are also known as Wall Split Systems, Split ACs, Ductless Air Conditioners and the small ones as Mini Splits.

It comprises of an indoor unit which lives in on your wall in the room you choose to install it in and an outdoor unit which lives outside. The outdoor units can be on the ground, wall or roof mounted.

They both heat and cool and are economic to install and run. Split Systems come in a range of sizes suitable for a small bedroom or study up to large ones for open plan living areas.

If you want to heat and cool more than 1 room, you can upgrade to a Multi-Split system which uses the 1 outdoor unit to run multiple indoor units. The indoor units can be wall-mounted or slimline grates in a bulkhead.

Ceiling vents for Gas Ducted Heater with Add On Cooler

Add On Cooling

Whole-House | Ducted | Runs on Electricity

Add On Cooling is also known as Add On Refrigerated Air Conditioning.

It is refrigerated cooling for your whole house BUT in order for it to work, you first need to have a Gas Ducted Heater.

It connects onto the heater and uses the same duct work. Thus giving you a whole-house heating and cooling system which is controlled from the same controller and uses the same features such as zoning.

You do however need to have a Gas Ducted Heater and ducts which are compatible with Add On Cooling.

Rinnai Spacesaver gas heater installed in living room

Gas Space Heater

Room or Area | Ductless | Runs on Gas

Modern Gas Space Heaters, such as the Rinnai Energysaver Gas Heater are used instead of the old wall furnaces or radiant heaters to heat a room or area.

They are economic to run and come in a range of sizes to suit most rooms or areas.

Built in Gas Log Fire with decorative grate

Gas Log Fires

Room or Area | Ductless | Runs on Gas

Gas Log Fires are the low-maintenance version of a real fire. They give the warm ambience of a real fire, but work at the touch of a button.

They can be built into an existing fireplace or wall or be free-standing. And come in a variety of designs.

While they can be labour intensive to install, they are economic to run. 

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