Many people are put off by the large installation costs that are associated with ducted heating, when in fact the added functionality and efficiency that comes with such a system can save you money on your energy bills for years to come.
Compared to traditional air-cons, which can typically cool 1-2 rooms, ducted air conditioner utilizes ducts/vents in the ceiling and walls to distribute conditioned air throughout your entire house. Besides, since modern ducted air-con systems are mostly ‘zoned’, different rooms may be set to different temperatures to allow everyone to have a comfortable environment.
Due to the efficiency and premium features that come with a ducted system, you can expect to pay more initially to install the unit, but over time this is re-couped with lower running costs.
So, how much exactly should a ducted aircon system cost? FRH Air Conditioning walks you through on the average costs to purchase and install a ducted air-con and how much it could add to your electricity bills.
The Average Cost To Install Ducted Air Conditioning (in Australia)
Generally speaking, the more zones your home has, the more costly ducted air conditioning gets. Ducted air-con for a small home with only 1-2 zones should be around $5,000 – $8,000. You can get a ducted air con system for your typical four-bedroom, single-story house at an average cost of $8,000 – $14,000. For big, multiple story households, you should expect to incur considerably more – somewhere between $15,000 and $30,000.
In general, the exact price you should expect to pay will depend on your property’s size, such as the number of floors, temperature zones, outlets, as well as the type of construction, number of people living in that house, and the level of insulation, etc. For that reason, it is essential to understand that this is general advice, and a professional supplier will provide you with a free quote tailored to your specific needs.
This brings us on to ducted running costs…
Average running costs for ducted systems (in Australia)
The prices vary widely depending on the room size, air con type, and other cost factors, including the electricity prices for the actual state you live in. However, the average running costs of air-con systems in a typical Australian household are as follows:
- $0.25 per hour for heating and $0.5/hr. for cooling
- $3 daily if your AC operates 8 hours daily
- $90 monthly
- $1,080 yearly
This is based on a 4-star gas ducted system in a medium-sized home (160m2).
Price Comparison: Ducted vs. Split System
Several variables play a huge role in the cost of AC installation air conditioning, such as the comfort level, frequency of use, size of the unit(s), size of the space, and so on. In general, split systems could begin in the range of $2,000 for a single AC installation. When it comes to a new, ducted system, it will often start closer to $8,000-10,000.
It would be best if you balanced the initial costs with your long-term goals. For instance, a house with an existing ducted system will increase the value of a home sale. On the other hand, the effectiveness and aesthetics of a split system might not match the requirements of a new homeowner who’s taking over the existing space.
For more information on split systems vs ducted systems, check out our recent article:
Why should you choose ducted AC?
We believe that ducted air-con systems are the best climate control solution for your entire house since they allow an even airflow dispersion throughout the home, in every single room. Ultimately, it ensures that everyone is comfortable without leaving one place being colder than the other. Here are some of the primary advantages of using ducted air conditioning:
Efficient & Economical
You might discover somewhere that the non-ducted systems are not that costly. However, they will not be able to provide value in the long term. So, even if you’re considering purchasing a replacement for a ducted air con unit, say, for example, you mount a split AC system in every room to achieve effective cooling. You will also incur much more than having a single ducted system.
Generally, the ducted unit will provide you with significant value in the long term, both in terms of affordability and comfort.
In case you have a unique design décor for the house, then even the best designed split systems can be a hindrance in letting the home’s appeal go a bit shady. But if you have the installation of a ducted AC system, then only ceiling grills and the floor will be visible.
There is no risk expected for you to encounter and no compromises with your home’s décor. Apart from these two primary reasons, there are several more apt reasons you should use the ducted AC system for your home and enjoy comfortability for a considerably more extended period.
Request a free quote from FRH Air Conditioning
Because of our extensive expertise, installation from start to finish will be effortless. As soon as you decide to install an air conditioning system in your new home, we’ll work with your builders and architect for the most suitable layout and installation. Our well-experienced consultants will carry out an in-depth evaluation of your house to determine and customize the best suitable plan for your house. They will ensure you get comfort and optimized energy efficiency without comprising your home’s interior design.
After installation, our technicians will demonstrate the AC system in a handover.
Providing air conditioning for the Southern Highlands, FRH Air Conditioning is the natural choice for anyone who wants ultimate comfort throughout their home.
Are you looking to have a ducted air conditioner installed? You will be impressed with our wide range of services, and excellent customer service accompanies them.