Ducted air conditioners are ideal for residential spaces because they allow even distribution of cooled air around the entire building. This design can create a comfortable and uniform internal environment. You can also choose to create different climate zones with the system such that some rooms have different temperature levels than others.
You can reduce energy consumption by switching off zones which are not frequently used. In general, ducted air conditioning systems are durable. They will provide long-term service after installation. However, your practices can extend or reduce the system lifespan. Here are some important guidelines on increasing the lifetime of your ducted AC structure.
Use Clean Filters
One of the essential maintenance processes for an air conditioning system is the replacement of filters. Unfortunately, numerous homeowners forget or ignore this practice, causing unexpected problems. In simple terms, if your filters are dirty, the AC will have to work harder to circulate the air around the residential building.
The increased workload will cause accelerated degradation of the internal appliance components. This deterioration will contribute to eventual failure. Therefore, you should have some replacement air filters in your home for quick changes. If you are worried about the long-term cost implications, you can acquire the cleanable filters.
Perform Immediate Repairs
When your AC fails, you should commission urgent repairs. Often, when the appliance has a problem, it will not shut down completely. You might notice insufficient cooling, strange odours from the air registers or general slowing down of functions. If you do not resolve the problems fast, the system will experience undue stress. The inefficiency might escalate, causing complete system failure. Therefore, early repairs will prolong the lifespan and control the costs of restoration.
Commission Regular Inspection
You should engage a qualified HVAC technician to inspect your ducted air conditioner regularly. Unlike a simple wall unit, ducted systems are more intricate and difficult to assess without expertise. Simply speaking, your AC might be working, but there could be some internal inefficiencies and problems. If you do not know what to look for, you will not notice any anomaly. Therefore, you should not wait for a failure to occur.
Instead, you should take precautionary action by having a technician make periodic assessments. You should have them check the main appliance components such as condensers, evaporators and compressors for signs of degradation. Also, ensure that the ducting network is examined for air loss and heat exchange. Inefficient ducts can increase the workload on the AC, decreasing the system service life.
Welcome to my blog which covers a wide range of HVAC topics. I'm Josh and I live in Perth, Australia. I never really used to think about the HVAC system in my home. I believed that when it was hot the HVAC system would cool me down and when it was cold it would warm my house up. However, all that changed one day when the HVAC system went crazy. It began to blow hot air into my house on the warmest day of the year. The contractor I called out said that one of the sensors had broken. He explained how I could better maintain my HVAC system so I decided to start this blog.