Types of Air Conditioning Systems: Commercial Vs. Residential

Air conditioning units are essential in Australian homes and businesses, especially during the summer months. With several options available on the market, it can be hard to distinguish between the types of air conditioning systems and how commercial and residential units differ from each other. In this article, we’ll explain all the different types of air conditioners and what they mean for your business or home.

Commercial vs Residential Air Conditioning

If you’ve been wondering what commercial air conditioning is, it can help to understand how these units differ from residential units.

Commercial air conditioning has a much higher capacity and requires significantly more power to run as they are left on much longer than residential. Residential units are designed to cool a much smaller space and as such, they are typically less powerful, less efficient and bulky in design.

Depending on whether you’re purchasing your unit for a home or a commercial building, some types may be better than others.

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Types of Air Conditioners

There are several types of air conditioners, including:

Single Split Systems

These effective and energy-efficient systems are great for those looking to cool smaller areas and are particularly useful in residential settings or small office settings. With each indoor unit being attached to its own outdoor unit, these systems won’t cause a building-wide outage in the event they need servicing.

Multi-Split Systems

Multi-split units work the same way as single-split units, with the ability to connect several indoor units to one single outdoor unit. If you have limited outdoor space or wish to maintain the outside appearance of your building, you may want to consider this type of system. These systems can be used in larger residential homes or small to medium-sized businesses.

Ducted Central Systems

Ducted central systems work from a single cooling unit and pump cooled air through vented ducts into various parts of the building while pumping hot air out of the building, making them ideal for warehouses, workshops and large commercial settings.

Central Plant Cooling

These units use a refrigeration cycle to cool water which is then pumped into fan units in the location of cooling. These systems are large but an ideal option for businesses looking to cool several areas and different freestanding buildings using the same system.

Portable Units

Portable systems are freestanding units that can be moved to various locations in either commercial or residential settings and feature a hose attachment that connects to the outdoors. As condensation collects, it’s used to cool through the ducted hose. While convenient and portable. Pumping hot air through the single cooling hose can impact its efficiency.

VRF or VRV Systems

These systems are the ideal solution for medium to large buildings, especially if several rooms require different temperature requirements. These systems work from one central unit to heat and cool simultaneously, depending on the demands of each indoor unit. These complex units can be used for large-scale residential developments such as apartment buildings or multilevel commercial buildings.

Contact Us for All Types of Air Conditioning Systems

At Easy Cool Air, we’re proud to service Cairns and the surrounding area with commercial air conditioning and residential services. For more information on any of our services, or to find out which of our services is best for you, contact us today.