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Smart Ducted Air Conditioning

Ducted air conditioning systems provide discrete supply of cooled or warmed air throughout your home. Not only do they provide whole house comfort with one system but they can be enhanced with smart control systems for greater comfort, control and efficiency.

What does that mean?

Reverse Cycle: An air conditioner that can provide cool or warmed air.

Capacity and Output: Air conditioning system’s output power is measured in kW, one set for the cooling capacity and one for heating capacity. It is important to pick the right capacity for your home to heat or cool it properly. If you choose a system that doesn’t have enough power you won’t be able to heat or cool your whole house or reach the set point temperature, if you choose a system that is too powerful it could be powering up and shutting down too often, making it non-energy efficient. Your installer can help in choosing the right size system.

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Reverse Cycle Systems

Reverse cycle systems consist of an outdoor and indoor unit exchanging warmed or cooled refrigerant via a copper pair coil to change the temperature of the air inside the house as desired.

The indoor unit is hidden in the roof space linked to a network of air ducts connected to outlets throughout your home. Because of the nature of how they are installed, ducted reverse cycle systems can be enhanced with zoning, a system whereby your house is divided into air conditioning zones to let you vary the airflow throughout the building.

Each zone has the airflow going into it turned on or off, or varied with dampers installed in the ductwork that open and close to control air flow. With zoning, you can choose to run the air conditioning where you need it, and save energy by not running the air conditioning where you don’t. Learn more about zoning.

AirTouch takes zoning to the next level by letting you control the airflow in increments as small as 5%; and turn on or off the airflow in up to 16 zones from a touch screen or mobile app.

Suitable for almost any home

Ducted systems can be installed when you are building a new home, or retrofitted to an existing one. When installed, your outlets (diffusers) are installed away from the doors of each room to force the conditioned air to flow through the entire room, and then back to the return air grille in a central location.

Cool down in Summer…Warm up in Winter

Reverse cycle systems will let you cool your house in summer and warm it in winter. A reverse cycle system works by drawing air in through the return air grille (intake), and over a coil filled with refrigerant from a compressor that has either been cooled or heated depending on the mode your system is switched to. This conditioned air is then distributed as you require to each zone. 

This technology is efficient: In cool mode, the refrigerant used absorbs warmth from the air passing over it in the indoor unit, and is pumped to the outdoor unit where it is dispersed.

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AirTouch gives you a single point of control through a touch screen or app to change the mode from cool, to heat, automatic, or change the set point temperature and fan speed.

smart wireless temperature sensorUnlike evaporative ducted systems, reverse cycle systems let you specify a set point temperature for the conditioned air.

With Individual Temperature Control technology, reverse cycle systems are enhanced because now you can vary the airflow going into each zone to let you have a different target set point temperature in each of them.

Without Smart ITC technology, the air conditioner often has just one temperature sensor in one location and can’t monitor temperatures in individual zones.

Learn more about ITC.

AirTouch ITC technology uses sensors in each zone to monitor temperatures. The sensors are wireless, and provide AirTouch with real-time feedback about temperatures throughout your home. AirTouch can then vary the airflow in each zone to help reach the set point temperature.

Useful to know...

Ducted reverse cycle systems can be energy efficient, and you can help maintain their efficiency with simple routine maintenance. A lot of them use a filter system installed in the air intake grille which capture dust and debris before it can clog your system or find its way back into your home. It is important to regularly clean this filter.

In this video, Damien explains how it is done:

Why choose a smart controller?

The AirTouch smart controller will give you one system to control the airflow and set point temperature in different zones in your home, and can replace the standard control pad. Now, you can control the temperature and airflow of each zone of your house individually and the AirTouch app lets you do this from anywhere. But it goes beyond just a new level of control, which makes it truly smart: AirTouch is a climate control system for the smart home: It monitors temperatures, and smartly adjusts airflow to ensure everyone’s comfort, and to help achieve improved efficiency with your ducted reverse cycle system.

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