Central AC vs Ductless Mini Split Cooling: What Homeowners Should Know

How to Decide Between Central or Ductless Systems

Property owners turn to their home air conditioning systems to beat the heat and stay cool and comfortable in their homes. There are numerous methods for cooling a house. Two of the most common air conditioning systems are central AC and ductless mini split AC systems.

While both can adequately cool a home, determining which unit is best for a home can depend on numerous factors. This blog post will detail the benefits of both and discuss some other cooling methods homeowners may wonder if they can use to cool their homes.

Central AC

central ACCentral air conditioning is one of the most-used and common cooling systems in homes and businesses. Some of the advantages central AC units provide are:

  • Even Cooling: Central AC systems provide consistent cooling throughout all rooms and areas in a home or building operated by a thermostat.
  • Better Air Quality: The filters help remove dust, allergens, and pollutants from the air, which can improve indoor air quality. These systems also have more options for installing additional indoor air quality devices, such as air cleaners and filtration systems.
  • Energy Efficiency: These have higher energy efficiency ratings and can save money compared to cooling a space with multiple individual units like window ACs or portable ACs.
  • Quieter Operation: These are also quieter compared to individual AC units. The noise is reduced because the compressor and condenser are located outside the building.

Ductless Mini Split Systems

ductless mini splitA ductless mini-split AC system does not require ductwork to distribute cooled air. This can be an ideal solution for homes or buildings that don’t have existing ductwork. Some of the advantages ductless mini split air conditioning systems provide are:

  • Increased Flexibility: These can be installed in homes and buildings without existing ductwork and spaces with limited access for air duct installation.
  • More Control: Since they don’t have air ducts, mini splits have multiple indoor units that can be independently controlled, allowing for different temperature settings in different zones or rooms.
  • Energy Efficiency: These systems are highly energy-efficient because they don’t experience the energy losses associated with ductwork, and homeowners don’t have to waste energy cooling rooms they’re not using, saving them money on energy bills.
  • Easy Installation: Installation can be easier than central air conditioning installations as they do not require installing ductwork.

Other Common AC Units

While central AC systems and ductless mini-splits are two of the most common cooling systems, there are other ways to cool a space. Some of these include:

  • Window Air Conditioners: These are mounted in a window or a specially prepared opening in a wall. These can be attractive to homeowners because they are affordable and have a low upfront cost. They can adequately cool a room or a small space, but they cannot cool an entire home. Using multiple window AC units to cool a whole house is not cost-effective because they do not have the energy efficiency that the other systems do, costing more on energy bills.
  • Portable Air Conditioners: These systems can be moved from one room to another but also only cool one room or small space at a time. Like window ACs, they are also not meant to cool a whole house and are less efficient than central AC and ductless mini-split AC systems.

If homeowners have questions about which air conditioning system would work best in their homes, HVAC contractors can help!

About Sasquatch Home Services

Sasquatch Home Services is a local heating, air conditioning, and electrical company serving Sooke, BC, and the surrounding areas. They offer same-day services, straightforward pricing, and on-time service. Call them today for air conditioning installation in Sooke, BC.

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