Ductless AC Vs. Central Air

11 August 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


There are those who promote the benefits of ductless AC. Because there are no ducts to worry about, you don't have to worry about the cost of installing or maintaining your duct system. On the other hand, central air has been the standard for many years and still holds many advantages over ductless AC systems. In order to decide which is right for your home, you need to carefully consider the strengths and weaknesses of each system.

An Analysis of Ductless AC Systems

Just like a central air system, a ductless system will have one set of condenser coils located outside your home, but that is where the similarities end. A ductless system will have up to four evaporator units located directly in the rooms that you want to cool. Each evaporator will have its own thermostat, so you can control the temperature in each room separately. This should eliminate fights over the thermostat setting and even allows you to shut off the AC to a room that is not in use to save energy. On the other hand, if you have more than four rooms in your house, you either have to install another ductless system to cool the additional rooms or make decisions about which rooms need the most AC. 

An Analysis of Central Air

A central air system has one evaporator unit and one blower that forces air through ducts to every room in your house—or at least every room with a duct. If you have a large house, and every room in your house is frequently in use, then you should consider using a central air system because it is the most cost-effective way to pump conditioned air to a large space. You can improve the efficiency of your system by using a programmable thermostat, which will allow you to turn up the thermostat when you are away from home and then cool your home back down before you arrive. 

Ductless systems are an attractive option, but you should not feel like you have to play favorites when you choose which rooms to put an evaporator unit in. Furthermore, you might find that the rooms you thought would need the most cooling when you installed your ductless system are not the ones that end up needing the most cooling. Thus, if you have more than four rooms that need to be cooled, then you should go with a central-air system. For more information, contact a company like Anytime Plumbing Services.


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