Air Conditioning Showdown: Central Air vs. Ductless Mini-Split

Air Conditioning Showdown: Central Air vs. Ductless Mini-Split

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Air Conditioning Showdown: Central Air vs. Ductless Mini-Split

It’s not exactly the “Shootout at the OK Corral” but as our attention turns to keeping cool in the summer ahead, there is a showdown of sorts between traditional central air conditioning and ductless mini split systems. Climate Control Company wants to make sure you have the information you need to determine which is best for your Glenwood Springs, Aspen, or Vail, CO home.

What we’re talking about

Mini-split systems use the same technology as the forced air heat pumps used to heat and cool millions of homes. But they differ from central air systems because there is no ductwork. A single outdoor compressor can be connected to multiple indoor air handlers which deliver the cooled air directly to a room or area in the house. Because there’s no ductwork, mini splits are easy to install. The indoor and outdoor units are linked through electrical and refrigerant lines, usually requiring just a single three-inch hole through an outside wall.

When mini splits are a great choice

If your home has radiant heat, mini split systems are the perfect way to add air conditioning without having to install ductwork. If you’ve added a bonus room or a sunroom not connected to your central system, mini splits can provide cooling during the summer and heating during the winter.

Central air is still a great choice

If your home already has a central system with ductwork installed, then it almost always makes sense to stay with a central air conditioner. Possible exceptions would be if you have a room or part of the house that doesn’t get cool enough, then a mini split can provide supplemental cooling.

Other pros and cons

A mini split system will almost always be more efficient. Because the cool air is delivered directly to a specific area, there’s no waste like there often is from the ducts in a central system. Additionally, each air handler has its own thermostat for custom temperature control. Central air has the advantage of costing less upfront. That’s especially true right now during our spring sale. One other advantage for central air, floor registers are less obtrusive than a mini split air handler which is usually wall mounted.

The choice is yours

Climate Control Company carries a full line of products for mini split and central air conditioning systems and our experts can help you decide which will work best in your Glenwood Springs, Aspen, or Vail, CO home. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more great information about cooling and heating your home.