Sarah Davis
Sarah Davis
2024-03-20
Couldn’t speak more highly of the team- Matt who organised a last minute install after another company mishap, full explanation and application for for gov rebates which others didn’t, so saving me hundreds. Daniel, Dylan, Matt, amazing service and craftsmanship start to finish. Every step of the install Daniel took the time to show and explain where he would be placing units and made sure I was satisfied. Was professional and cleaned up the site after checking multiple times. Walk through at the conclusion for any questions and showed me his work. I absolutely recommend to anyone looking for heating and cooling. 10 stars.
Daryl Gilbert
Daryl Gilbert
2024-03-19
Alpha Air installed our electric reverse cycle ducted air conditioning and heating system. Alpha is a family run business and provided personal and professional service throughout all stages of the process. Also, their price was competitive and the installation was completed on schedule. I would highly recommend Alpha Air for their expertise, customer service and their friendly and extremely competent staff. Daryl Gilbert
SONIC PLAYGROUND
SONIC PLAYGROUND
2024-03-13
Great service. Highly recommend Alpha Air
Jamie Lechte
Jamie Lechte
2024-03-05
I requested a quote from Alpha a little while back and was told that the installation would be straightforward and a 'good deal'. When i received the quote, i was shocked that the pricing was 60-70%+ or more higher than market value of the units plus a reasonable install fee, so of course I let it go. I was continually contacted to take up the offer, but I ignored. When i initially submitted this review, i was immediately harassed, phone called repeatedly about this feedback, basically telling me / threatening me to remove the feedback. The owner is a charlatan looking to take people for a ride and is also dishonest. Be wary.
Caroline Chang
Caroline Chang
2024-03-01
We had a great experience working with Alpha Air. The team were fast to respond to my enquiry, especially in the middle of summer. They provided competitive quotes/prices both for the installation and our preferred product (Split System Air conditioning unit). Installation was quick and easy to organise.
Tim Cartwright
Tim Cartwright
2024-02-28
Great family company. From our first call re quotes through to installation of heating and cooling, everyone has been great to deal with. Good advice on what we needed, excellent price for work. Really impressed with personal service right through process. Sue & Tim
Roger Vial
Roger Vial
2024-02-09
Great service from a friendly and efficient team. Professional approach from quote through to installation.
Kylie Stabler
Kylie Stabler
2024-02-05
Great service! These guys went out of their way to fit in with our difficult scheduling. They got the job done very professionally and on time. Extremely happy customer here.
Fee
Fee
2024-02-05
Guys and gals were just fantastic right from the start! The owner actually measured and quoted for free, the girls communicated so well and promptly! The boys that installed were super friendly and extremely neat in their work. Awesome work ethic and great customer service. I highly recommend this company!
Brenda Winning
Brenda Winning
2024-02-01
Did a fantastic job. V happy customer. Professional team that know what they are doing. Highly recommended. I called many companies that did not respond to my calls or internet enquiries. These guys communicated well and were able to complete the job to my tight deadline. I feel confident having a local company to go back to for servicing.

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Ducted heating and cooling for Melbourne’s oldest homes

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Living in an older home has its ups and downs.

On the plus side, you’re living in a home with history – each corner has a story to tell. Not to mention, Federation-architecture just looks fantastic – enough said!

On the other hand, older homes come with their fair share of issues – simply put, because of their age, they completely lack a lot of the features we now take for granted.

Features such as ducted heating and cooling systems in Melbourne!

While there are many upsides to living in an older home, air conditioning isn’t always one of them.

Good news: our heating and cooling company in Melbourne can perform ducted air conditioning installation to all sorts of properties, including old homes. Find out what’s involved…

Why ducted air conditioning?

Simple: it’s the best!

As a company that specialises in ducted heating and cooling in Melbourne, we’ll readily admit that we’re a little biased. Take our word for it however, it comes from hands-on experience!

It doesn’t matter how old your home is – your comfort is paramount. That includes the climate.

Many older homes don’t have air conditioning. And the ones that do? They’re often fitted with old, noisy window rattlers. Not only do these take far too long to cool a space down, but they’re also expensive to run and super noisy!

Worst of all, they only work in single rooms – if you want to cool your whole home, you’ll need multiple systems. Just imagine the symphony of buzzing while you try falling asleep… comfy loses all meaning here! 

Compared to older systems found in older homes, ducted air conditioning in Melbourne:

  • Offers both heating and cooling from the one system
  • Provides whole-home comfort
  • Is much more energy-efficient
  • Is whisper quiet (and not just in comparison, either – many of today’s systems are specially designed to be quiet)

And it isn’t just new homes, either – with the right planning, all of these fantastic features can be brought into older homes too.

Key word: planning. It isn’t always easy – oftentimes, we might have to overcome a whole bunch of challenges to help maintain your comfort…

Space… the final frontier

When it comes to ducted heating and cooling systems for Melbourne’s oldest homes, space is usually the first barrier!

Simply put, 19th century architects had no way of knowing that ducted air conditioning would ever be invented.

So you can’t really blame them for designing and building homes that aren’t compatible with ducted air conditioning installation!

A lot of older homes just aren’t very air conditioning-friendly:

  • The ceiling cavity is too cramped
  • Your ceiling might have trusses and supports that get in the way
  • It may not be able to take the added weight

Long story short, there’s a lot going on here that needs to be accounted for when adding ducted air conditioning to an older home.

While most older homes weren’t designed for ducted heating and cooling installation, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. The only way to be sure is to take a look at your home and what your ceiling situation looks like.

Thankfully, we stock a massive range of systems, giving us unparalleled flexibility when it comes to ducted heating and cooling in Melbourne.

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Power considerations

Draughty. Rickety. Poorly insulated. We aren’t saying that your older home suffers from these issues – however, many do, especially if they haven’t been well-maintained over the years.

These types of issues are prevalent in many of Melbourne’s older homes (in fact, they might be why you’re renovating in the first place!)

Loose window fittings. Doors with gaps that leak air in. Insulation that simply isn’t up to the job. Issues such as these (and many more) can lead to your home’s temperature fluctuating a lot more than in a modern house.

And that necessitates more powerful ducted heating and cooling to compensate.

Of course, power isn’t the only thing that goes into choosing a system – with more power, comes higher energy usage.

At Alpha Air, energy-efficiency is one of our top priorities!

Cutting-edge tech like VRV/VRF air conditioning (now available in split systems and residential ducted air conditioners) can cut your power bill drastically.

Planning permits

Let’s say you live in a seriously old home. As in, the type of house that would have been brand-new when your great-great-grandparents were first entering the housing market.

While Melbourne isn’t that old of a city by global standards, we’ve got our fair share of older homes.

Take a trip down to the inner suburbs, and you won’t be able to go more than a few metres without seeing another house that predates Federation.

Many councils in Melbourne are extremely protective of their older homes and have put in place heritage overlays to make sure that the unique feel of their neighbourhoods is maintained.

If you live in one of these areas and want to renovate, you’ll need to apply for a planning permit for a number of changes, including upgrading your heating and cooling system.

Let’s get something out of the way: no, this doesn’t mean that you’re banned from upgrading your home’s air conditioning. That having been said, it does change things.

Specifically, it means that any upgrades you make to your home must either:

  1. Fit in with the established character of the neighbourhood
  2. Be invisible from the street

Basically, as long as it looks like nothing’s changed, anything goes.

Luckily for you, ducted air conditioning is an internal improvement, so it ticks the second box!

Secondly, our heating and cooling company in Melbourne deliberately installs outdoor and roof-mounted condensers in spots where they won’t be seen from the street, ensuring that your application for a planning permit is accepted.

Time to talk alternatives

Retrofitting your existing system

Just so you know, upgrading your existing ducted heating and cooling system doesn’t mean starting from scratch – if your older home has an older ducted heating and cooling system, we can reuse a lot of the existing ductwork.

Obviously it’ll depend a lot on your current system, but in some cases we can even get away with dropping a new compressor into your current system.

In some cases, we can even add zoning to an existing system, giving you total control over the climate throughout your home (something the original designer would never have known possible!)

Multi-split systems

Ducted heating and cooling is one of the most popular choices, whether it’s an old home or a new one.

However, it isn’t the only option!

Ducted heating and cooling in Melbourne’s oldest homes can be a bit difficult to pull off. Good thing that isn’t all our team does!

Multi split air conditioning offers similar coverage and flexibility to ducted heating and cooling, but with one major difference: it’s a lot easier to install.

All that stuff we mentioned before about ceiling space isn’t an issue.

Call Alpha Air for heating and cooling in Melbourne

Your home is old, and has its own quirks – these need to be accounted for when carrying out ducted air conditioning installation.

The thing that sets our heating and cooling company in Melbourne apart from the others? 

Our thoroughness – while it’s obviously important that we get the installation right, we find that the planning and strategising can make or break the entire job.

Especially if you live in an old home!

It doesn’t matter whether you’re about to embark on a new construction project or want to add air conditioning to existing ducted heating – we’re here to look after your comfort.

Bring your home into the 21st century – call Alpha Air today on 1300 854 525, or click here to arrange a FREE quote. You can also visit us for heating and cooling in Melbourne: pop into our office at F6 / 310-312 Governor Rd, Braeside VIC 3195.

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Sarah Davis
Sarah Davis
2024-03-20
Couldn’t speak more highly of the team- Matt who organised a last minute install after another company mishap, full explanation and application for for gov rebates which others didn’t, so saving me hundreds. Daniel, Dylan, Matt, amazing service and craftsmanship start to finish. Every step of the install Daniel took the time to show and explain where he would be placing units and made sure I was satisfied. Was professional and cleaned up the site after checking multiple times. Walk through at the conclusion for any questions and showed me his work. I absolutely recommend to anyone looking for heating and cooling. 10 stars.
Daryl Gilbert
Daryl Gilbert
2024-03-19
Alpha Air installed our electric reverse cycle ducted air conditioning and heating system. Alpha is a family run business and provided personal and professional service throughout all stages of the process. Also, their price was competitive and the installation was completed on schedule. I would highly recommend Alpha Air for their expertise, customer service and their friendly and extremely competent staff. Daryl Gilbert
SONIC PLAYGROUND
SONIC PLAYGROUND
2024-03-13
Great service. Highly recommend Alpha Air
Jamie Lechte
Jamie Lechte
2024-03-05
I requested a quote from Alpha a little while back and was told that the installation would be straightforward and a 'good deal'. When i received the quote, i was shocked that the pricing was 60-70%+ or more higher than market value of the units plus a reasonable install fee, so of course I let it go. I was continually contacted to take up the offer, but I ignored. When i initially submitted this review, i was immediately harassed, phone called repeatedly about this feedback, basically telling me / threatening me to remove the feedback. The owner is a charlatan looking to take people for a ride and is also dishonest. Be wary.
Caroline Chang
Caroline Chang
2024-03-01
We had a great experience working with Alpha Air. The team were fast to respond to my enquiry, especially in the middle of summer. They provided competitive quotes/prices both for the installation and our preferred product (Split System Air conditioning unit). Installation was quick and easy to organise.
Tim Cartwright
Tim Cartwright
2024-02-28
Great family company. From our first call re quotes through to installation of heating and cooling, everyone has been great to deal with. Good advice on what we needed, excellent price for work. Really impressed with personal service right through process. Sue & Tim
Roger Vial
Roger Vial
2024-02-09
Great service from a friendly and efficient team. Professional approach from quote through to installation.
Kylie Stabler
Kylie Stabler
2024-02-05
Great service! These guys went out of their way to fit in with our difficult scheduling. They got the job done very professionally and on time. Extremely happy customer here.
Fee
Fee
2024-02-05
Guys and gals were just fantastic right from the start! The owner actually measured and quoted for free, the girls communicated so well and promptly! The boys that installed were super friendly and extremely neat in their work. Awesome work ethic and great customer service. I highly recommend this company!
Brenda Winning
Brenda Winning
2024-02-01
Did a fantastic job. V happy customer. Professional team that know what they are doing. Highly recommended. I called many companies that did not respond to my calls or internet enquiries. These guys communicated well and were able to complete the job to my tight deadline. I feel confident having a local company to go back to for servicing.

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