Whether you are building a new home or simply making some updates to your current one, deciding on what type of HVAC system you would like to utilize can be overwhelming. The two main options are a ductless mini-split system and a central air system. There are pros and cons associated with each of these systems, so let’s take a look at both of them so you can make the right decision for your home.
How They Differ
While a ductless mini-split system will cost you a bit more money upfront, for the price of the unit as well as the installation costs, these units are often the most attractive option. Many people prefer them because there isn’t much maintenance that needs to occur. In contrast, there is some annual maintenance and repairs required with a central air system, but the systems are generally more affordable. In addition, with these systems you won’t see anything other than a floor vent in each room of your home.
There are two mains parts associated with the ductless mini-split system. There is an outdoor compressor that will be installed close to your home and then there is an indoor unit that will handle the air exchange. These two pieces are connected by a conduit pipe. There is no ductwork that has to be installed in the home, which can save on costs and construction. This is especially helpful if you have an existing home that needs a new unit but no ductwork exists or existing ductwork is not usable. This is a more convenient option for buildings that have thick walls or are constructed in a way that does not make installing ductwork an easy possibility. A ductless mini-split system will keep your home at a consistent temperature, but will not cycle on and off like a central air unit will. In cold weather, heat will be taken from outside and brought inside for an opposite effect.
Central Air System
If you want to keep your entire home at a comfortable temperature during the warmer weather months, central air is a convenient and effective way to go. This is a system that is installed outside, and then connects internally to your furnace. You don’t see any kind of equipment inside of your living space (usually your furnace is downstairs in your basement). In addition, when you add a central air system to your home you are increasing the overall value of your home if you decide to sell someday. The important part of this installation is making sure that you get the right sized unit for your home. Getting too small of a unit won’t keep your home comfortable enough and it will overwork the system. Something too big will be a waste of resources.
Both a ductless HVAC system and a central air system have benefits and negative aspects. They will vary in overall price, how much maintenance they require over their lifetime, and how they look in your home. All of these may be contributing factors when it comes to your decision. If you are still unsure which system you should go with, or would like to speak to an HVAC systems professional, contact AirOne Heating and Air Conditioning Repair, located in San Marcos, TX.
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