Is a Central Air Conditioning System Better Than a Ductless Mini-Split?
- Air Conditioner Tips, Central AC, Ductless AC, Windsor HVAC
Upgrading your air conditioner can provide improved home comfort and greater energy efficiency, but it’s important to learn about the different cooling options before buying a new AC. The two main options are a central air conditioner or ductless mini-split system. Deciding which is best for your home starts with learning about the different benefits each provides.
How a Central AC Works
This system works by utilizing ductwork and a mechanical blower to evenly distribute cool air throughout a home. The system has two main components, an indoor unit that houses the evaporator coil and an outdoor unit that houses the condenser coil. The outdoor unit also contains a compressor that moves refrigerant through the system. A central air conditioner needs to be properly sized, installed and maintained by a certified technician to ensure efficient operation.
Benefits of a Central AC
This is the most popular cooling option available due to its ability to provide even cooling throughout an entire home. They can be a cost-effective option up-front when compared to a ductless system and they are more effective at cooling larger homes.
What is a Ductless Mini-Split System?
A ductless system also uses an evaporator unit inside the home and condenser unit outside the home, but it features individual indoor units to provide zoned cooling instead of using ductwork to distribute air like a central air conditioner.
Benefits of Going Ductless
Ductless systems are able to provide zoned cooling to specific areas in a home, with each unit having its own thermostat. A ductless system can also be more efficient and can lead to increased savings on energy bills and reduced carbon footprint. Ductless systems are easy to install and maintain, with fewer components and repairs to worry about. With their compact size and ability to cool specific areas in a home, ductless systems are a great solution where space is limited or there’s no existing ductwork.
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