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Dear All,
Hoping for people's thoughts on air conditioning installation. I asked for a quote on putting in air-con for a 3-bed, 2 level townhouse, and was given quotes for the following:

-Fully ducted ( both levels)

-Ducted (top level) spilt system (lower Level)

-Split system ( approx. 5 systems- 1 in each bedroom and 1 for the
lounge/dining)

-Split-system (lower level only)

Can someone please tell me the difference between these? The quote ranges from $3k to $15k.
Regards
Alex  

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Alexlee,
i take it the quote for 15k is for the complete ducted system.
with 5 split systems installed,my first question is the running
costs,are they in the 1.5,or 2 hp range and will they be back to back
off the outside wall,or off the ground with extra costs of pipework
and elec costs you will need a new elec board if you intend to run 5 splits
if it was me go with the ducted up top,and run 3 h/p reverse cycle split
in the bottom living areas,but it depends on windows,insulation,and be carefull
that the heat pump is in the lower noise area and not near your neighbours
living areas.
good luck
willair.  

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Firstly why are you doing it. I take it that its not for your own home, so wht extra rent would you get for investing a further $15,000

It's relatively easy to install airconditioning when you build a house, but much more expensive to put it in later.

The best result is fully ducted refrigerative airconditioning with a separate unit up satirs and another downstairs. This is expensive, so most go for one unit only, but this rarely cools the whole house at the one time. Only upstairs or downstairs.

These are expensive because it is difficult to put the ducts in between the floor and ceiling.

Alternatives are - evaporative airconditioning - should cost about $3,000 and more easily retrofitted. OK for Melbourne climate - not so good in northern humid climates.

Or split systems where you don't put duct work. The condensor (bit that makes the refrigirant cold) lives outside and comes into the house through a narrow insulated pipe and a fan unit sits on the wall.

I would go for a split sytem downstairs and maybe one in the main bedroom upstairs. That's what we have done on a few jobs  

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Thank you very much for the replies, guys. I don't know a thing about installing air-conditioning so it's great to get info from experienced people on this.

$15k is definitely more than I want to spend. I can get a $20pw increase in rent from the tenant from this, and for an investment property that would imply a $10k increase in the value of the property (based on 5% yield). Part of the reason is that I saw that most of the properties in the area (Brisbane South - Yeerongpilly) have air-conditioning. Even if you figure in depreciation, I wouldn't want to spend more than $5k or so.

So based on the above, I'm not willing to pay for ducted, so a split system is the go. Say one unit for the master bedroom and 2 for downstairs.
Alex  

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You might want to look around at the local auctions too for air conditioning systems. I know at the Queanbeyan Auctions (near Canberra) I could pick up a ducted system which is 7 hp for $2,500. Then I would only have to pay for the ducting, ducts and installation which apparently shouldn't cost more than $1,000 all up. I'm sure they would have similar auctions in Brisbane, so maybe you should give them a try.  

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Window aircons

Hi Alex, I recently put in window aircons in a unit. It worked well. See the seperate thread on that.

Otherwise, why not do the main living area upstairs only with a split system- this shouldn't be more than $3K or so.

They can then pay extra in rent to subsidise, and the downstairs is usually cooler anyway.

Good luck!  

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