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Difference Between Ductless and Central AC

Updated: Feb 10, 2023

Although many Florida homes are equipped with central air conditioning systems, ductless air conditioning systems can provide numerous advantages in managing the comfort and health of your household. If your aging air conditioner is causing you to think about your next system, you may want to consider the differences between these different HVAC systems.

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1. Location

A central air conditioning system includes an air handler, which is installed inside the home, and a condenser unit that is installed outside. Refrigerant lines run between the two units, facilitating the needed cooling activity. The treated air in a central air conditioning system is dispersed from the air handler and sent through the ducts to various rooms. All rooms receive air at the same time unless vents have been closed or a zoning damper system has been installed.

Unlike a central air conditioning system, on a ductless system, smaller air handlers are placed in key locations inside the home. A condenser unit is placed outside, and refrigerant and electrical lines run between the inside and outside components. The air handlers treat air only for their spaces, and they can operate independently of each other.

2. Aesthetics

A central air conditioning system is typically located out of sight, and vents have low visibility as well. Ductless air handlers, on the other hand, may be installed on the ceiling, wall or floor, which may imply greater visibility in some spaces. Installation has a minimal impact on decor due to only small openings in exterior walls being needed to run electric and refrigerant lines. While not a deal-breaker for all, some homeowners prefer the look of a central air conditioning system over a ductless system.

3. Benefits of Investing in a Ductless AC System

Investing in a ductless air conditioning system can save you between 20 and 40 percent of your air conditioning costs because air loss is no longer an issue. Being able to operate individual air handlers independently of each other allows you to further reduce costs by minimizing activity in rooms that are not used as much. You can also customize settings according to the preferences of different members of your household, which can help in keeping the peace among those who prefer warmer or cooler conditions.

Upgrade Your HVAC System With Energy Air

If you’re ready to upgrade your HVAC system, investing in a ductless AC may be right for your home. At Energy Air, we offer a variety of ductless air conditioning products and can help you find the right HVAC replacement for your specific needs. Contact us today to learn more.

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