Air conditioning is a wonderful luxury, helping us to maintain comfortable temperatures in our homes all year round. The question is what type of air conditioner is right for your home? With so many types available, it can be difficult to determine the one that best suits your requirements. The team at Think Cooling in The Gold Coast has helped breakdown some of the common options and their pros and cons. 

To make things easier, we’ve taken a look at different types of air conditioners. Our quick guide will help you to understand the pros and cons of each design so you are better informed to make a decision for your home.

Split system

A split system is an air conditioner designed to cool a specific area. As the name suggests, the machine is split into components. The first is a unit that is installed inside on the wall. This is connected to a second part, called a compressor. A compressor is placed outside. 


  • Quiet

A split system is unlikely to cause any disturbances indoors. You can have it running in the background and still be able to hear your television comfortably. 

  • Relatively cheap to install

Compared to other more comprehensive air conditioning systems, split systems are quite inexpensive to install. You will need to engage a professional but the task can typically be completed in less than half a day. 


  • Noisy outside 

While the indoor unit is quiet, the outdoor unit can produce noise that may be a deterrent for some people. Consider the location of your outdoor unit when determining whether or not this will be a problem.

  • Suitable for a single room or smaller area

A split system will not cool your whole house. They are very effective for single rooms or an open plan living space, but you will need other cooling methods for the rest of the home. 

Ducted Reverse Cycle

Reverse cycle systems are those that can produce both cool and warm air. This means it can cool your house in the summer and warm it in the winter. Many reverse cycle systems are ducted systems that cool your house through numerous vents that are positioned throughout your home.


  • Discreet appearance

Looking to protect the aesthetic of your house? A ducted reverse cycle system is very discreet and won’t ruin the styling in your home. In fact, you’ll barely notice the vents are there.

  • Cool the entire house

A ducted system is perfect for cooling your entire house in one go. Simply turn it on and cool air will flow through all of the vents throughout your house. 


  • Expensive installation

Installing a ducted reverse cycle system is a complex process. Vents need to be placed all around the home and this is especially difficult if it is being done after the house has been constructed. This requires a lot of time and work, meaning there is a large cost associated with installation. 


Evaporative cooling is a type of air conditioning that uses evaporation. These systems take in warm moisture from the environment, evaporate the liquid and release cool air back into your house.


  • Eco-friendly

Evaporative cooling systems use less energy than traditional air conditioners. This is better for the environment and will also save you money!

  • Less irritating

Evaporative cooling uses fresh air, rather than recycled. This is less likely to irritate people’s eyes and throats.


  • Not effective in humidity

If you live in a humid area, evaporative cooling will not be suitable. The system will also not operate properly in the rain.

  • Noise

Evaporative cooling systems can create some noise which may be disruptive for your neighbours or if you spend a lot of time outdoors. 

Spend some time considering your home and environment before choosing which type of air conditioning is right for you. It is worth consulting a professional to obtain advice to ensure you make the right decision.