Take a look at some of the new developments going up all around Melbourne, and you’ll notice that each of them are noticeably taller than the houses around them.
The single-storey triple front is on the way out, with double-storey homes taking their place across Melbourne’s suburbs.
It’s a trend that’s changing the look and shape of the city.
And it’s changing the way we do ducted heating and cooling in Melbourne, too.
Why ducted heating and cooling systems are the only way to go for double-storey homes
If you’re building a double-storey house – and let’s face it, you probably are if housing trends are anything to go off of – then you’ve got a couple of issues that you’ll need to overcome on the heating and cooling front.
The biggest one? Double-storey homes tend to be bigger.
And a bigger home means you’ll need more powerful heating and cooling to maintain your comfort – luckily, that’s one of the main selling points for ducted heating and cooling systems!
Ducted systems are powerful, and offer the type of coverage that would otherwise require multiple split systems working together.
Not to mention, they’re also extremely energy-efficient thanks to technology like VRV/VRF!
Every room will be able to enjoy powerful cooling – and all with a single system – no need to track a dozen different remotes, or go into each individual room to configure each one’s individual split-system!
Issues to consider when installing a ducted heating and cooling system in a double-storey home
While there are benefits to choosing a ducted system for your double-story home, there are also a couple of issues you might have to overcome.
Here are a couple of them…
You might need zoning to help you overcome heat movement
As we all know, heat rises. And as such, this can pose a bit of a problem in double-storey houses like yours.
- During summer, heat pools up on the second floor, making it unbearably hot… and that’s on top of the second storey’s habit of warming up faster to begin with
- During winter, warmth from downstairs drifts upstairs – not only can this make upstairs unbearably warm, but it also makes the ground floor incredibly chilly
You’d assume that having separate split systems for upstairs and downstairs would be the solution – however, there’s another option that lets you overcome the movement of heat without having to install multiple systems.
Zoned ducted heating and cooling use gates built into your ductwork to control the flow of air.
The upshot? Our ducted heating and cooling company in Melbourne can create separate zones for both upstairs and downstairs, allowing you to overcome the way heat moves around.
How does your ceiling space look?
Most single-storey buildings have plenty of ceiling space that can be used to fit air conditioning and heating ducts. After all, there’s an entire roof up there for our heating and cooling team to work with.
Unfortunately, double-storey homes don’t give us quite as much working room.
The amount of space in the ground floor ceiling is positively miniscule in comparison to the amount of room in your roof cavity.
Not only that, but we’ll also have to work around all sorts of other fixtures and fittings. When installing ducted heating and cooling systems in Melbourne’s homes, we’ll need to work around things like:
- Wiring for light fixtures
- Pipes for upstairs plumbing fixtures
- Support beams
While these issues are also present in single storey homes, we also have much more space to play with in those cases!
Luckily, this is a problem that can be overcome with adequate planning and design.
Oh, and speaking of design…
The importance of good system design
System design is the most important aspect of any heating and cooling installation, but especially when it’s a ducted system.
Simply put, system design is the process of planning out your installation and selecting a system that will perfectly meet your heating and cooling requirements.
It’s about choosing a system that doesn’t just fit your needs, but which will also fit your double-storey home in Melbourne. In particular:
- The ducts need to be compact enough to fit in your home’s spaces
- Your compressor needs to be powerful enough to heat or cool the entire home
- At the same time, you should be able to “downscale” if you only need to heat or cool a single zone
- We need to account for environmental factors like insulation, local humidity and more
These are just some of the things that need to be considered when installing ducted heating and cooling systems in Melbourne.
Not only does it make the job smoother, but it also allows us to bring down the amount of time needed to complete your installation down to a single day!
One-day ducted heating and cooling in Melbourne
Recent events mean that we’re spending more time at home than ever before. And for many, what this has done is reveal the limits of your home climate system.
Are you one of them? If so, there’s only one team to call!
Our ducted heating and cooling company in Melbourne specialises in improving your comfort, no matter what type of home you live in.
No matter how many floors your home has (or doesn’t have), our team is committed to carrying out your installation… and completing it in a single day.