In this video, Holly from Jarrahdale Heating and Cooling explains the steps involved in planning a ducted air-conditioning system, from custom system design to booking your installation. This gives you a better understanding of the process and how we might be able to help you plan ducted air conditioning for your home.

When we receive a customer enquiry, this is just the first step in ensuring the best possible air conditioning system is provided. And its never one size fits all. There are multiple considerations in planning out the perfect system including the overall size and layout of the home, ceiling heights, the size of individual rooms, how each living area is used, if occupants would like to custom control airflow to different zones in the home, and of course, the customers budget.

Step 1: Initial Consultation & House Plans

We begin by reviewing the customers house plans. If plans are not available, we arrange an onsite visit to draw a scaled plan of the internal layout of the house. During this time, we also consult with the customer to find out more about individual needs and any particulars about the house, such as notably draughty areas or hot spots.

Step 2: Calculate Heat Load Rating & Unit Size

Back at the office, an air-conditioning software program is then used to calculate the capacity load, or heat load rating, for each living zone in the home. This information is then used to determine the best unit size for the home. For reverse-cycle, this is based on either 100% capacity if the customer wishes to run the air-conditioning in every area of the home at the same time, or 80% capacity if the customer does not intend to run all zones at once.

Step 3: Allocating Componentry  

Now it’s time to detail all the componentry needed for the system design including:

  • Indoor unit model
  • Outdoor unit model
  • Ducting
  • Diverters
  • Vents
  • Zoning and Control System

 Step 4: Outlets

The number of outlets is then assigned, based on room size and the number of zoned areas. An air-conditioning outlet is an internal component of the ducted system that connects the ducts to rooms and distributes the conditioned air throughout each zone. For a reverse-cycle system, typically you can expect your main living spaces to be zoned together, such as the kitchen, dining, and family room. More private or independent living areas are then individually zoned and allocated their own outlet, such as bedrooms, the lounge room and the home office.

Step 5: Quoting

Once unit size has been assessed and componentry, outlets and zones are allocated, it’s time to present the customer with a formal quote that details the system inclusions and is specifically tailored to the home and individual needs.

Step 6: Booking the Installation

Once the quote is accepted an installation date is booked in consultation with the customer.  Generally, you can expect installation within weeks of placing an order. However, this is a general guide only and the timeframe may be longer during peak season, such as at the very start of summer.  For this reason, it’s a good idea to plan your air-conditioning during winter and the off-season, if possible. That way, you can be ready to enjoy air-conditioned comfort during the hottest months.

For more air-conditioning advice or to request a complimentary site visit and quotation, contact us or see us in the showroom at 10 Malcolm Rd, Maddington.