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Merits and Demerits of Split Systems Air Conditioning Devices

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Air conditioning systems have become an integral part of modern housing. Well-known brands include Samsung, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, and Daikin. Widespread adoption of these gadgets has been necessitated by our desire to achieve environmental control and comfort in our homes. However, very few of us have a working knowledge of the right air conditioner to install. In an attempt to assist prospective buyers, air conditioners can be grouped into two broad categories:

            (a) Split systems air con - contains an indoor and outdoor component

            (b) Packaged systems air con - designed as a single unit

This article focuses on the pros and cons of the first category, which can go a long way in helping us make an informed decision during purchase or installation.

Advantages of Split Systems Air Con

  1. The air conditioning appliance has a separate section of cooling (indoor) and another one for dissipating heat (outdoor). This design makes the appliance highly efficient because each fundamental task is handled by a specialized component.
  2. Split systems are best suited for managing large surface area cooling. In the world of environmental control, cooling and heating is more effective when cold and hot cold air do not mix. Hence, "splitting" these roles is a surefire way of ensuring effective air conditioning in large spaces, for instance, in shopping malls and sports complex.
  3. This class of air cons is more flexible compared to the packaged type. For instance, the outdoor unit can be modified independently into a heater by way of redirecting hot air. It is virtually impossible to achieve this using the single unit because the two key functionalities are combined.

Disadvantages of Split Systems Air Con

  1. Split systems are complex compared to packaged ones. The added intricacy comes with its own demerits. For example, users find such systems difficult to operate. Basic troubleshooting also becomes a challenge for most people. In this regard, servicing and repair costs are considerably higher. Moreover, added complexity increases initial cost of ownership and installation
  2. These appliances have more points of failure compared to the single unit. The indoor and outdoor units as well as linkage pipes can fail individually and compromise the up-time of the entire unit. As such, this type is reportedly less robust.
  3. By design, split systems dissipate more heat into the environment compared to the other type. By extension, this translates to more carbon emissions per household or installation. Cumulatively, these gadgets lead to more environmental degradation and taxation.

For more information, contact a local company like ACSIS Airconditioning Warehouse.