Split System vs Evaporative Cooling – What is the difference?

A graphic showing how evaporative cooling worksLooking for that perfect air conditioning solution for your home? Generally if you buy a property off the plan you will be given the option of installing some type of cooling system. Wondering whether you should choose split system over evaporate cooling or vice versa for indoor air conditioning? Well, let’s discuss the differences between both to help you make your decision.

Split Systems
As the name suggests, split units comprise two components that split apart from each other – indoor and outdoor units. Split air conditioning systems have an electric refrigeration unit that controls the climate throughout multiple areas. A split system includes an outdoor condensing unit that houses an air compressor and an indoor fan coil unit that recycles air through a network of outlets and ducts.
The split system is a reverse cycle system, with both heating and cooling options. As a reverse system, split air conditioning units can work as a combined heating and cooling system or cooling only system.
The compressor unit is located outside the home. The compressor has multiple speeds, which means its output can be increased or decreased to maintain even temperature and match the required capacity of the indoor unit.
Typically wall mounted, the indoor unit/s can also be installed as floor consoles or ceiling cassettes. You may choose this option if budget is not a big concern, since these can be more expensive. The floor consoles or ceiling cassettes have larger capacities and are more often used in commercial applications.
A ducted split system will be the ideal option if you require cooling in multiple parts of your home. The house is separated into zones to allow specific sections of the house to be heated or cooled. You can choose a day zone and night zone setting to create the perfect temperature in any area of the house.

Evaporative Cooling Systems
Evaporative cooling systems are specially designed for the Australian climate. As one of the most effective and healthiest forms of air conditioning, this type of cooling system works by running water over special filter pads and drawing in huge volumes of air through the wet pads. The air passage through the pads causes some of the water to evaporate and thus cool the air. A cost-effective alternative for cooling the entire house, evaporative cooling is a ducted system through the ceiling that operates on air change or flushing, thus reducing the temperature in the house and drawing in fresh, healthy cool air. The hotter the outside air, the better will be the cooling effect.
Benefits of Evaporative Cooling
Evaporative cooling is well designed to suit the Melbourne weather conditions. The evaporative cooling system generally have around 30-35 air changes or flushes on an hourly basis, the evaporative cooling system flushes the entire volume of air every 2 minutes. This requires you to keep doors and windows open for the efficient running of the evaporative cooling system. As the air is never re-circulated inside the house, the system promises to distribute only fresh air, and thus the house never becomes stuffy.

Some benefits of evaporative cooling include:

  • It cools the whole house
  • Inexpensive to operate – savings on running costs
  • Flushes fresh air through the house instead of recycled/circulated air
  • Operates on a complete natural cooling process
  • Inexpensive to install
  • No unsightly refrigeration units.

Evaporative cooling system are a good alternative for those seeking fresh, healthy air, particularly for sufferers of asthma, hay fever, or allergies.

Be sure to check out our latest development at Paperbark Place in Mooroolbark and think about whether you want a split system or evaporative cooling included in your new home.

If you have other questions about buying a new property then call Mike now on 1300 766 607 or email love@fastlovehomes.com.au

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