Upgrading from Evaporative to Refrigerated Ducted Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is more than just a luxury; in many places, it’s a necessity. Whether you’re building a new home or upgrading your current system, one question might arise. This question is: Can I upgrade from an evaporative to a refrigerated ducted air conditioner?” 

With Altitude Air Solutions by your side, the answer is a resounding yes! Let’s explore more into this transition to help you make an informed decision.

What is Evaporative Ducted Air Conditioning?

Evaporative ducted air conditioning utilises the natural process of evaporation to cool the air. It draws warm outside air through water-saturated pads, where the air is cooled by evaporation before circulating it through your home. It provides slightly conditioned outside air, making it energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.

Why Upgrade to Refrigerated Ducted Air Conditioning?

Refrigerated ducted systems, often referred to as reverse cycle refrigerated systems, cool the air using the refrigeration cycle. This means they can provide consistent temperatures and conditioned air throughout the year, irrespective of external temperatures. 

Here are some compelling reasons to consider an upgrade.

1. Year-round comfort

Refrigerated ducted systems can both heat and cool, making them ideal for places with varied seasons.

2. Improved air quality

They often come with advanced filters that purify the air, reducing allergens and overall health benefits.

3. Energy efficiency

Modern refrigerated ducted systems are designed for optimal energy consumption, especially when you opt for energy-efficient gold ducting.

What the Transition Process Would Look Like For An Evaporative Changeover

Transitioning from an evaporative to a refrigerated ducted system is what professionals call an evaporative changeover. At Altitude Air Solutions, we simplify this task, often completing it efficiently. Here’s what the process typically entails.

Ducting Replacement

Although the ducting for both systems may seem similar, the diameter required for a refrigerated system differs. This ensures the conditioned air passes through efficiently.

Outlet Assessment and Replacement

Aging outlets can become discoloured or inefficient. During the upgrade, these are often replaced to complement the new system.

Controller Update

With the upgrade, you might also get a chance to opt for smart controllers, enhancing the user experience with intuitive touchscreens and smart home integrations.

Is My Home Suitable for a Refrigerated Ducted System?

Ducted systems are versatile and can be customised to fit homes of various sizes. Whether you have a cosy apartment or a sprawling mansion, a site inspection by Altitude Air Solutions can determine the best configuration for your needs. Our experts assess the existing structure, performance needs, and your preferences to suggest the most suitable system for your home air conditioning.

A Quick Comparison Between Ducted Air Conditioning vs. Split System

While split systems are excellent for targeting specific rooms or spaces, ducted systems offer a more integrated solution for whole-home cooling and heating. Here’s a brief comparison.


Ducted systems provide even cooling or heating throughout the home, while split systems focus on specific areas.


Ducted systems are more discreet with only the outlets visible, whereas split systems have indoor units that can sometimes be obtrusive.


While the initial investment for a ducted system can be higher, the long-term benefits in terms of efficiency, coverage, and home value can justify the cost.

Speak To Us For Solutions About Ducted Air Conditioning

Whether you’re undergoing a new home build or simply looking to enhance your current air conditioning stage, transitioning from an evaporative system to a refrigerated ducted air conditioner is a worthy upgrade. With numerous benefits like consistent comfort, energy efficiency, and improved air quality, it’s a step forward in making your home a haven. 

With Altitude Air Solutions, you’re assured of expert guidance and top-notch installation services. Make the switch today and experience the difference!

Don’t forget, buying ducted air conditioning is not just about staying cool; it’s about ensuring a comfortable and healthy living space for you and your loved ones.

Blue Mountains Air Conditioning

Altitude Air Solutions is a family-owned and run business, servicing the Blue Mountains for over 15 years.

We specialise in all types of air conditioning delivery including split systemsreverse cycle and ducted, and commercial refrigeration.

Call us today on 02 4753 1012.