When was the last time that you used a split system air conditioner?
Most units are built tough, lasting just as long as any conventional HVAC. But split systems carry advantages that aren’t always easy to spot, at least on the surface. Over the years, many units have solved issues that were common among them in the past, such as frequent leaks from clogs in the drainage. Today, the benefits strongly outweigh the setbacks.
Still, remember that not every spit system is alike. Almost every major manufacturer of home electronic goods has or has built a split system at some point. Models vary in how well they operate and the features added to them. Therefore, don’t assume that one poorly-reviewed product is a larger issue with split systems as a whole.
But there are a few tidbits that are common on more than one model, typically not a bad thing. Below are split system pros and cons, useful details you can bookmark when you’re ready to have one installed.
Pros of Split Systems
No noise pollution
There are fewer things more annoying than having to listen to a rattling AC in the dead of night. Window ACs are notorious for this, but even conventional units can have this problem.
A split system that’s properly maintained will run with little to almost no audibility, moving air into your rooms without you ever hearing it. Even when things are quiet, the noise it emits is typically fainter than a wall clock.
Lightweight and Great Adaptability
Split systems don’t weigh very much. Most of the equipment needed for one to operate can be carried in by a single HVAC specialist. They’re very versatile, capable of being connected to rooms from the ground floor to many stories up. When installed on higher floors, a split system’s outside half is attached to a stand or other obstacles with enough weight to carry it. In some situations, it’s when the fan is placed directly on the floor of a verandah. Inside, the other half is mountable to any wall, predicated on how where you want it to be and how long its copper line to be. All of these attributes combined give split systems an adaptive edge nearly identical to portable ACs.
Useful in multiple regions
Split systems are capable of cooling and heating homes with electricity. The heat they provide is sufficient enough to warm a large room. Depending on the size of a home, warmth is comparable to the central heating of more cumbersome HVAC models.
Furthermore, a split system can change from pushing out heat to cool air on the fly. During the odd times of the year when it gets both hot and cold throughout the day and night, you’ll happen to have one around.
Split System Cons
Loud outdoor compressors
Split systems can be very quiet inside, but the outdoor compressors can make lots of noise. If you stay in a home or flat with very thin walls or little insulation, the sound could even be heard when the windows are closed. However, more models are being made to mitigate loud compressor sounds. It’s certainly possible to find one that’s as silent on the outside as it is on the inside.
Not sure if you want a split system yet? Have one installed and you won’t regret it. They are built to a high standard and have few if any negative features. They’ve become popular by homeowners throughout the world, and it’s easy to see why.