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As you probably know, the Australian summertime can be extremely hot. When I moved to Australia from England, I knew it would be warm, but I wasn't ready for the intense heat. I had bought a home on the outskirts of Sydney. It was a great place but unfortunately, it didn't have an HVAC system. I moved in during the winter time, so this wasn't a problem. However, when the weather began to warm up, the interior of my home became very uncomfortable. I called in an HVAC contractor who explained my options before installing a modern HVAC system which keeps my house nice and cool.


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Benefits of Ducted Heat Pump Systems for a Home

by Herminia Lopez

Ducted heat pump systems provide one option for heating and cooling your home. To discover their benefits, read on.

Provides Eco-Friendly Options

Gas heaters necessarily burn fossil fuels to generate heat, which releases harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. While electricity production can involve fossil-fuel burning, with a heat pump system, you have options to reduce your carbon footprint. For example, you can use solar power or else buy green electrical energy to power the heat pump.

Efficient Operation Uses Minimal Energy

Another benefit of heat pumps is that they use energy efficiently. Some electrical heating methods, such as radiant heaters, use power to create heat. They transform electricity into heat. 

Heat pumps, though, extract heat from the air and relocate in elsewhere by using a refrigerant that travels through coils to both the indoor and outdoor unit. For example, in cooling mode, they remove heat from inside and release it outside via the compressor units. In heating mode, they absorb heat from the outdoor atmosphere and release it inside. 

Because of the way heat pumps work, though, in freezing conditions, they may not be so efficient as it's harder to extract warmth from freezing outdoor air. In any case, air conditioners specify their optimum operating temperatures to provide guidance.

Ducts Service the Entire Home

You can install different kinds of heap pumps, one of which is a ducted system. These have one outdoor unit that distributes the hot and cold air through a series of ducts. With a spacious roof cavity, the outdoor unit may be set up there, and the ducts filtered to rooms through the ceiling. Otherwise, the outdoor unit may be set underneath your home or outdoors, and the ducts enter via the floor.

The benefit of ducted systems is that they service all areas of your home and not just one or several rooms as single units and multi-split systems do. Thus, with a ducted system, you'll be comfortable no matter what area of the home you're in, and you won't have to suffer from the heat or cold in rooms without an outlet. 

Additionally, vents provide a discreet way of expressing the air through your home in contrast to bulky indoor units that interrupt the decor. Plus you'll only need one external unit. Conversely, if you install single or multi-split systems, you may need more than one outdoor unit, which can spoil your garden outlook.