Has it come time for you to replace your old cooling system with a newer model? Buying a new air conditioner is not an easy decision, nor is it one you want to rush into. It’s a major purchase and therefore a major investment in your home comfort. Considering the variety of options available, you may feel overwhelmed.
One of the most significant factors you’ll want to consider when purchasing a new air conditioner is whether you want to stick with a traditional central air conditioner or if you want to go with another type of model. For instance, an HVAC type that’s been growing in popularity is the ductless heat pump system.
Read on as we compare costs, running expenses, installation factors, and other criteria that will help you determine what type of air conditioner is best for your specific home and comfort needs.
Central vs. Ductless: Is One Better Than the Other?
Below, we’ve covered a brief comparison of central air conditioners and ductless air conditioners. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team!
Initial System Cost and Running Expenses
The cost of your air conditioner will play a major role in deciding what type of cooling system to get for your home. Central air conditioners typically have a lower initial cost than a ductless system, especially if the ductwork already in your home is in good shape.
Something to consider: due to their set-up and the independent cooling of the air handlers, it’s generally more affordable to run a ductless system than a central air conditioner.
The installation of a central air conditioner is different from the installation of a ductless air conditioner. If you already have ductwork in your attic or crawlspace and it’s in solid condition, it makes sense to have a high-efficiency central air conditioner installed.
If you do not already have ductwork installed, it may benefit you more to have a ductless system put in. As the name implies, ductless systems do not require ductwork. Whether your home is small and doesn’t have a lot of room for ductwork, or you just don’t want to deal with the potential indoor air quality problems associated with air ducts, a ductless system may be the right choice.
Temperature Control Considerations
With a central air conditioner, you only have one option. You either cool down the entire home or you don’t. This is fine if your house is small, but what if it has more than one bedroom, or a second story?
This is where a ductless system really shines. Ductless systems are composed of a single outdoor unit and up to four indoor air handlers. Each air handler can be mounted high up on the wall in the room it’s installed in, and can be controlled independently from one another.
This means you can keep one or two rooms cooler than the others and use a lot less energy to maintain comfort and avoid family squabbles over the thermostat.