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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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How Can You Install A/C in a Home Without Traditional Ceilings?

by Herminia Lopez

If you have moved into a period house with some unusual architectural features, you may be ready to renovate. To make it suitable for modern-day living, you may want to install a ducted air conditioning system but understand that you might have certain challenges due to the way that the property has been built. What can you do if a traditional ducted system is likely to be a tricky proposition?

Facing Certain Challenges

Many older structures feature certain architectural features like exposed beams and "cathedral" ceilings, and some do not have any attic space. This may present an obstacle as most ducted air conditioning systems feature flexible ducting that is usually installed above a ceiling in that attic space.

Installing Underfloor System

But all is not lost if you're facing such a challenge, as you may be able to install an underfloor system instead. It's certainly a possibility if the building has a raised floor or crawlspace below, as many do. In a situation like this, you won't have to worry about overhead ducting but can configure a system so that it blows conditioned air from vents on the floor.

Generating Better Air Flow

 When vents are situated on the floor, and the cooler air is pumped directly into the room, it'll create a very energy-efficient airflow. The warmer air will tend to rise and be replaced by the cooler substitute leading to a pleasant environment.

Considering Installation

Typically, a system like this is far more contained than the alternative. The technicians will not have to install as much ducting as they would if they had to connect the processing unit (at ground level) to vents that may be one or two floors above. This may make installing a lot simpler and should take less time.

Installing the Vents 

Typically, the underfloor ducts are easier to construct and may not need any additional protection or sealing against the elements. The individual vents can be placed at strategic locations around the floor of each room and can even be matched to blend with your decor and any colour scheme.

Investigating Your Options

So, ask your provider about an underfloor solution if you have a non-traditional property and would find it difficult to install a conventional, ducted air conditioning system. These installations are becoming increasingly popular, and you can also install a reverse cycle system, to give you heating or cooling all year round.

Contact a residential air conditioning installation service to find out more.