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Ductless mini split vs central air conditioning systems. Which system is best for you?

When it comes to buying a new AC system, you have options. Window units are unsightly and not very effective or efficient. That’s why most homeowners today install more energy-efficient models of ductless mini-split or central air conditioning systems. But which is best for you? We’ve put together a check list of the comparisons between the two, to help you find out.

Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioning Systems

A ductless AC unit installed on a wall with remote control 

Central Air Conditioning Systems

A central AC unit installed outside of a house 

Do not require ductwork or attic evaporator units. Thin copper tubing pumps refrigerant from the compressor and condenser outside, directly into wall-mounted blowers inside your home. Unlike central AC, functions as a heat pump during colder months to heat your home.

Generates cool air using a central unit outside, and attic-based, processor and condenser systems. Cool air is circulated throughout your home via a series of fans and ductwork. When the air gets warmer, this process is repeated to keep your entire home at a pre-set temperature which you control.

Quieter and smaller than other AC systems.

Air cooling cycle can generate more noise, particularly the older the system is. System compressor and condenser components are bulky both outside and inside your home.

Feature some of the highest energy efficiency ratings of any AC systems.

The latest systems are manufactured to provide the best energy-efficiency benefits.

Individual room or zone control for heating and cooling specific rooms in the house without wasting energy cooling other, non-lived in, areas of the home.

Ductwork throughout the home provides a constant, cool temperature in every room and keeps recirculating it.

Easier to install without the need for ductwork but you may struggle to find a qualified technician or service to properly size, fit and install the system correctly.

More home cooling system providers are experienced at installing central AC systems, but they still must be properly fitted, sized and installed by licensed professionals.

While smaller, compact and easier to install, they can affect the aesthetic or design of rooms with its wall or ceiling mounting.

Ductwork is mostly invisible throughout the home - you only need to worry about vents and not any wall mounted components that affect room design.

This checklist highlights just some of the major comparisons between ductless mini-split and central air conditioning systems to help you decided which one is best for your home cooling needs. As your local home service experts, you can rely on our team of licensed AC technicians for all your ductless or central air conditioning equipment needs. Please call today for more information and special offers on the latest, energy-efficient models.