When choosing a new air conditioner for your home, it’s a good idea to do your research and shop around before making your purchase. There are many factors to consider, including cost, efficiency, and the needs of your household. With the increasing popularity of the ductless mini-split AC, you may wonder how it compares to traditional central air conditioners. Read on to learn the pros and cons of each system.
A Guide to Traditional vs. Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners
What Is a Ductless AC?
Like traditional central air conditioners, ductless systems have an outdoor compressor unit and an indoor unit that circulates air. Traditional AC units are attached to a furnace, and a duct system that is built throughout the home and blows forced air into each room through vents. The ductless AC units do not use forced furnace air to cool the space and can be mounted on a wall, floor, or ceiling.
Mini-split systems don’t operate through ducts, so there is less energy loss commonly experienced with central air systems. Additionally, ductless systems can cool and heat homes while central ACs can only cool homes. Traditional AC units cool the entire home once the thermostat is set to a specific temperature. The zoned comfort options of mini-split systems allow you to control the temperature in each room when multiple units are installed.
What Is the Installation Process?
When performed by an authorized contractor, ductless installation is hassle-free. The contractor will determine the best place to mount the system after calculating the load to ensure the unit size is compatible with your home. Traditional AC installation can be a longer process if ductwork installation is required. For that reason, a ductless system may be more cost effective long-term.
When you’re ready to select a new AC system, contact the experienced team at Key Heating & Air Conditioning in Exeter, NH. Whether you want to upgrade your existing cooling and heating system to a ductless mini-split system or install central AC, they can help you find the best system for your home. Call (603) 436-8811 to schedule an appointment, or visit them online for more information about their products and services.