Should You Go With a Ductless or Central AV System for Your Home?

by Editor on July 3, 2013

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Purchasing an air conditioning system is an important decision for your needs and for your budget. It will undoubtedly be a large investment, but a necessary one as well. When searching you will encounter the biggest decision–which type of system is right for you? Here a few things to consider when deciding between a ductless or central AC system for your home.

The first thing to consider is your home’s cooling needs. Determine you house size and how many square feet will need to be cooled by an AC unit. Often, larger spaces are easier to cool with central air that works in all rooms of your house. A large space is usually considered over 1500 square feet. Also, consider if you home have multiple levels and floors, which are more difficult to cool and access with a ductless system. While central air may be right for you, it does come with a higher price tag. Not only will you have to purchase the machine itself but you will have to take into account fees for air ducts throughout your home as well as system installation costs. While it is expensive up front, it will save you from having to install multiple ductless units in various rooms throughout the house that need to be cooled. If you need to cool a large home, central air is usually a better way to go.

If your space is smaller than 1500 square feet you may be better off with a ductless system. These can save you money upfront as well as over time. You can install them easily and will not have to pay high installation costs like with a central AC system. These systems will also save money over time because they actually use about 30% less energy than central air conditioners. Instead of using air ducts, ductless air conditioning systems can be installed in individual rooms or areas that will need air conditioning. They can be installed on the wall up towards the ceiling. Others sit on the floor. These are ideal if you only want to cool a certain space in your home that you will be using more frequently. This is an energy efficient way to avoid wasting energy on cooling rooms that do not need it because they are not being used. Also, the temperature in that particular space can allow proper adjustments of thermostats on your ductless system. Sometimes the temperature on the second floor is much warmer than the first and needs to be cooler. With a central system this will likely result in the downstairs being cooled much more than it needs to be because the thermostat does not differentiate between the spaces or floors. Using a ductless system is save you money on your energy bill every month and may even pay for itself over time. Ductless systems are usually ideal for smaller spaces and can save you money!

Choosing the air conditioning system that is right for you is an important decision. Depending on the size of your space you may choose central air or you may decide to go ductless. Central air is typically ideal for larger homes with more square footage that needs to stay cool. Ductless systems can save you money on installation costs and energy bills each month but are best for smaller spaces or zones in your home. Weighing the pros and cons of each will help you decide which type of system will cover your home cooling needs best.

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