Cooling Your Home: Deciding Between Ductless and Central Air Conditioners

woman is sitting on sofa while she's turning on the air conditioning unitIf you’re looking to install a new air conditioning unit, you may have come across different options like a ductless system and a central air conditioner. Both systems have their pros and cons, so it is best to examine and know more about them to make the right cooling decision for your abode.

A ductless air conditioner has a condenser that is placed outside your home and an air handler or evaporator located indoors. It does not involve the use of ductwork, which makes it a convenient cooling option. A central AC, on the other hand, circulates cool air throughout the house using a system of supply and return ducts. It also requires ductwork to cool the home.

Niagara heating and cooling experts share a few tips that can help you decide:

Existing ductwork.

If you already have ductwork in your home, central AC is worth considering. If you don’t, however, it will be more cost-effective to install a ductless system. This requires less effort and money in fitting the air conditioner into the space.

Unit visibility.

Central ACs are virtually invisible, so you can feel the cool air without seeing the unit. A ductless system, on the other hand, involves the use of a slim indoor unit placed on the wall. You can, however, incorporate clever interiors to cover up the ductless unit.

Cooling budget. In general, ductless systems cost less than central air conditioners, but this will still depend on the model and the number of units needed. You should also know that some quality ductless systems can cost more than a low-efficiency central air conditioner.

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Home size. If you have a large home, a central air conditioner can work better. If you’re leaning more on a ductless system, you can ask your contractor to determine if it has enough power to cool your abode (based on its size).

Zoning control. Both central and ductless systems can give you zoning control, but you can do this less with the latter. If you use a central air conditioner system, you will need to upgrade your ductwork to get better zoning control.

This is just a basic guide to help you get started. To make an informed decision, it is best to talk to a heating and a cooling expert. This will also help you make sure that you will achieve desirable indoor comfort based on your needs and other related factors.