Heating and cooling in Melbourne: solutions for different types of homes

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The climate doesn’t just affect your comfort – it also changes your mood too!

It’s important for your home to be comfortable all year round – for that, you’ll need a comprehensive heating and cooling solution that’s able to help you maintain the ideal temperature – no matter the weather outside.

But what if you’re confused about all the different types of systems? Which one is right for your home?

Take it from us, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to ducted heating and cooling in Melbourne. It all depends on your home, and what you need.

So, what’s the right bet for you? We look at the best solutions for different kinds of homes.

Different heating and cooling solutions on the market

If we’re going to start anywhere, we may as well start by talking about the types of systems your home can use.

While there are a range of systems on the market, if you ask us, there are three main contenders worth considering when it comes to your home’s heating and cooling. 

Whether you are building a small boutique home or a luxury mansion, these systems can provide both heating and cooling solutions 24/7 in multiple zones, rooms and floors.

If you ask our air conditioning specialists, it’s these three types of systems that are the best choice for your home!

Ducted reverse cycle air conditioning system

Power. Coverage. Flexibility. If you ask us, ducted reverse cycle air conditioning is the ideal choice for new home construction projects in Melbourne.

A single, powerful heating and cooling system transfers cool (or warm) air throughout your home using a large network of ducts that connect it to each room within your house.

This allows ducted heating and cooling to keep your entire home at a consistent, comfortable temperature – every day of the year.

Learn more about ducted reverse cycle heating and cooling in Melbourne.

Multi split system

Sometimes, you don’t need the coverage of a ducted system. Alternatively, a ducted system may not be feasible in your home – for instance, your ceiling might not have enough space for air conditioning ducts.

In these cases, a multi split system might be the perfect solution.

Think of these as a scaled-down version of a ducted heating and cooling system, or a scaled up version of a regular wall-mounted split system!

Instead of the outdoor compressor connecting to a single wall-mounted air conditioning unit, it connects to two or more wall-mounted units, granting you greater coverage than a regular split system would.

While they’re connected to the same system, each one still functions independently, allowing you to control the climate on a room-by-room basis.

Learn more about multi split heating and cooling in Melbourne.

VRV/VRF systems

Ducted heating and cooling systems are powerful, and offer huge coverage.

Sometimes however, even they aren’t enough!

VRV/VRF systems are designed for all the applications where even ducted heating and cooling systems won’t cut it.

We’re talking about things like:

  • Office buildings
  • Commercial properties
  • Large houses

VRV/VRF technology varies the amount of coolant being circulated by your VRV/VRF system, thereby helping regulate the amount of power used – a crucial consideration when your system reaches the point where a VRV/VRF system is required.

In our experience, these systems can run upwards of 50% more efficiently than other systems!

(By the way – VRV and VRF are basically the same thing – the former, however, is copyrighted by Daikin, the original inventors of the technology!)

Learn more about VRV/VRF systems.

Heating and cooling considerations for specific types of homes

Okay, so that’s all the different types of system. However, that doesn’t answer the big question: namely, which one is the best choice for your home.

The answer truly is that it depends. We’re not trying to dodge the answer – each home is unique, with a range of factors that influence what type of heating and cooling system is best suited.

Choose the wrong one, and you could be left dealing with sweltering heat or freezing cold temperatures as a smaller system struggles to keep up with demand.

You may also end up paying way more than you need to for a heating and cooling system that’s simply too powerful for your needs.

So before you choose a specific brand or system, what are some things that you might want to consider?

Type of house

Whether you live in a luxury mansion, double-storey 3-bedroom or one-bedroom apartment,  the size of your home impacts the size of your heating and cooling system.

In our experience, this is one of the most important factors – and something that makes system design such an integral part of the entire process!

Say you live in a unit with only 2 bedrooms – you don’t need a very powerful system to keep you comfortable: as such, a ducted system might be a bit much, given the size of the property.

An adequate solution might be a multi split heating and cooling system, that allows you to independently control the temperature in your living room and each bedroom.

Conversely, if you live in a two-storey home that has 4+ bedrooms, you will need a heating and cooling system that is much bigger and more powerful… without cluttering your walls like a multi-split system might. 

In this case, ducted heating and cooling might be just what you need.

Home layout

Your home itself presents all sorts of engineering challenges for our team as we design your heating and cooling system.

In addition to things like ceiling space you must also consider your home’s orientation in terms of its exposure to sunlight and shades, as well as each room’s use or purpose.

Say you have certain rooms that see more use than the rest. For example, kitchens tend to run hot, and thus require more powerful cooling.

That could mean:

  • Giving the kitchen its own wall-mounted unit as part of a multi-split system
  • Making the kitchen its own zone in a ducted heating and cooling system

These are just two of the ways that your home’s layout affects your choice of heating and cooling system. The only way to get the perfect system for your home is to consult with a heating and cooling expert!

ducted heating and cooling in Melbourne


When choosing a heating and cooling system for your home, you need to look beyond the price tag. Your comfort is on the line, after all, and as the saying goes – you get what you pay for.

Of course, we can’t deny that money is certainly a factor when determining what type of air conditioning system is best for your home. Rest assured, during the system design phase, our team will take your budget into account.

While ducted heating and cooling and VRV systems are the most powerful and offer top-of-the-line heating and cooling, for smaller homes (and budgets), they’re simply overkill.

In these cases, a multi-split heating and cooling might be more appropriate (and more affordable, too).

Long story short, budget plays a large role in helping you choose the right system.

Energy efficiency

When choosing a heating and cooling system, always consider its energy efficiency. Not only will it save you money on your electricity, but it will serve as a good investment decision for you right from the start.

Thanks to a range of innovations, all three of these types of system have made huge strides in energy efficiency.

This is one of the few areas where it doesn’t matter which one of these three systems you choose – any one of them’s an ideal choice for heating and cooling in Melbourne!

Zoning concerns

Let’s face it, you don’t often use all the rooms in your house. Not only that, but each member of your family has their own preferences.

Luckily, your choice of air conditioning system can help accommodate for this.

Since multi split heating and cooling uses separate indoor units, each one can be controlled individually.

Additionally, both ducted heating and cooling and VRV/VRF systems can be fitted with clever zoning that allows you to reduce or shut off the flow of cool and warm air to individual (i.e unused) rooms.

Not only does it save power, but it allows everyone to customise their cooling.

Luckily for you, this doesn’t have to be a make-or-break factor anymore.

Unsure what heating and cooling system best fit your home?

Call Alpha Air today!

If you’re stumped trying to choose the right heating and cooling system for your home, let us help!

Alpha Air specialises in providing you with the best quality heating and cooling systems that keep you warm in winter and cool in summer – and that starts with our in-depth system design process.

The goal is simple: to ensure you get the best and most appropriate system for your home, from the world’s best brands, including Mitsubishi Electric and Daikin.

Looking at a range of different factors, our team will figure out which of these three is the best fit for you, your home, and your family.

Are you interested in:

Our heating and cooling experts can tell you which one you need!

Organise an on-site inspection today – call our friendly team on 1300 854 525, or fill in this form to get in touch with us online! 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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