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Central AC or Mini-Split?

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Kim Marsh

What type of unit is used to cool your home? Does it operate with a central system, or do you have multiple units around the home? When it comes time to replace your air conditioning system, you may be overwhelmed with the sheer number of options available to you. Rest assured that every home has different needs, and for your cooling system, one may work better than the other. This article explores central air conditioning systems and ductless mini-splits. We'll go over some of the benefits and drawbacks of each to help you get a better idea of what unit may be right for your home.


Energy Efficient

By far, the most energy-efficient unit of the two is a ductless mini-split. This largely imparts due to how each unit functions. Because a ductless mini-split isn't cooling an entire home, it won't be running as long or as hard as a centralized unit would. A ductless mini-split is also more efficient in its operation due to its design.


Which Cools An Entire Home?

If you're looking for one unit to cool your entire home, the central system is for you. You'll have one cooling system that handles all of your home's cooling needs. This could be the best choice for you if you already have a centralized system in place. The primary difference between the two also comes down to whether or not you have ductwork installed. The ductwork is how air is moved throughout your home. A ductless mini-split has no ductwork. It simply has a vent on the front of the system that pushes air into the room.


Cost Of Installation

The cost of installation will vary based on whether or not you have ductwork already installed and what unit you choose. In general, if ductwork is already present, a centralized air conditioner is more economical. The cost of a ductless mini-split costs more initially but has great benefits, such as being more energy-efficient to operate. This is why most people do not switch between ductless mini splits and Central AC very often.


Final Thoughts

When choosing between different air conditioning systems, it’s important to know what’s out there. Would you like to have a byron center air conditioning installed that fits your home? Contacting your local contractor is the best way to determine the fitment of the unit and what type works well for your needs in the future and works with your existing equipment.

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