Ductless or Central Air

Ductless Systems or Central Air Conditioners: Which is Better?

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Whether you’re replacing your current cooling system or you need to find one for your new home, it can be hard to know which unit is right for you due to the endless selection of available models. When it comes down to it, the first decision you’ll need to make is whether you want to install a ductless system or a central air conditioner, which means you’ll have to ask yourself the following questions.

Does your home have pre-existing ductwork?
In many cases, this question will dictate whether you should get a ductless system or a central air conditioner. The reason being, central air conditioners require a network of ducts to disperse the cool air that they generate, whereas ductless systems, whether it’s an air conditioner or a heat pump, use independent heads rather than ductwork to disperse the air. If your home doesn’t have ductwork, it can end up being quite pricey to install a central air system because you’ll also need extensive renovations (drywall, taping, mudding, painting), which means a ductless system is probably the best choice for your home.

Are aesthetics important?
One of the main differences you’ll notice when you’re choosing between a ductless system or a central air conditioner is their appearance. Ductless systems have a condenser that is installed outside of your home and several heads that are installed on the walls or ceilings throughout your home. These units are sleek and modern looking, but they are visible, so if you’re looking for a cooling system that is more discrete, a central air conditioner and air handler with ductwork might be the best option for you.

How big is your home?
Regardless of whether you choose to purchase a ductless system or a central air conditioner, you’ll need to evaluate the size of your home and cooling needs. Unfortunately, most ductless systems are not strong enough to cool extremely large homes unless you install multiple units. So, if you have a large home, it probably makes more sense for you to install a central air system. That being said, ductless systems are also excellent supplemental cooling sources and installing both is the best solution in some cases. The biggest benefit to ductless is it can always be added to compliment an existing system, or hard to reach areas such as third floors, rooms above a garage, or an addition.

Are you interested in zoned cooling?
Ductless systems have several independent heads, which allows you to create cooling zones whether it’s your primary cooling source or you’re using them to supplement a central air system.

Still unsure whether you should purchase a ductless system or a central air system for your home? HAMCO can help!

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