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Ductless HVAC vs. Traditional HVAC Systems: Which is Right for You?

If it is time for you to invest in a new air conditioner, you may be considering a variety of options. Central air is considered pretty standard, but ductless mini split units are gaining a lot of popularity with homeowners. Each type of system has its own unique pros and cons. 

Neither system is better than the other one, it just depends on your wants, needs, and your home layout. If you’re interested in ductless HVAC, keep reading to learn more about the differences between ductless and other additional HVAC systems. Then give our team a call to schedule an appointment for an in-home assessment and quote for installation.

Pros of a Ductless Mini Split

Let’s start with the key benefits of a ductless mini split system. Experts consider this type of unit among the top technology in the heating and cooling industry. A ductless mini split uses inverter technology to heat and cool your rooms while using very little energy.

One of the most popular benefits is that you can enjoy heating and cooling for individual zones in your house. Usually, each room has its own mini split system. You can heat or cool each individual room separately based on each person’s desired temperature. 

Ductless mini split systems are especially good for homes that don’t have a lot of extra space. If you want to use your attic for storage instead of ductwork, a mini split system might be right for you. 

Downsides of a Ductless Mini Split

Because each room has its own unit, these units are much smaller. Each one does have an air filter, but it won’t be as powerful as the more traditional alternative. You may have to invest in more maintenance for your mini split system to keep it running at its best. 

Mini split systems are also highly visible. Although the units are small, they are still very obvious in each room. The same thing goes for the system lines that run from the outdoor unit to each of the indoor systems. Many homeowners believe that these mini units impact their home aesthetics.

Pros of Central HVAC

A central heating and cooling system that has ductwork is going to be less expensive to install upfront. This is especially true if you already have central heating and cooling, and our team can utilize some of the existing features, like ductwork and other connections. 

If you have a larger home, a central HVAC system may be the better choice because it’s easier to connect to ductwork through all of the rooms than to add additional mini split systems. 

Downsides of Central HVAC

One of the most significant downsides to having central heating and cooling is the increase in your energy bills. You run the risk of losing a lot of your conditioned air through the ductwork. A mini split unit does not have that problem, so it can be much more efficient to run. In fact,  you may spend twice as much on your energy costs with central air compared to a ductless mini split system. 

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