• Howard Gallagher

Ductless HVAC vs Conventional HVAC Systems

Your HVAC System works harder than any other part in your home during the summer. You want a system that is energy efficient and cools your home quickly. There are two types of HVAC systems that you install in your home. They are ductless systems and Central Air Conditioning System. Depending on the type of home you have, the climate you live in, and the layout of your home, you may want to invest in either ductless or central air conditioning. Both will cool your home, making it more comfortable during the warmer months. The main differences are installation and energy use. Here is everything you need to know to keep your home cool this summer .

Ductless System

A ductless or mini split air conditioning system is a lot like a central air conditioner system. They both consist of two units: a condenser that sits outside the home, and an evaporator/air handler that sits inside the home. If you have no ductwork it is more cost effective to install a ductless system than install ductwork. If you have a home larger than 2000 square feet it makes more sense to install a central air conditioning system.Ductless systems are efficient and quiet but not good at cooling a large home quickly.

Central Air Conditioning System

A central air conditioning system is a system that is situated with a central location and blows air through ducts in your home. Supply ducts and registers carry this cool air from the air conditioner to the home. Central Air Conditioning Systems can keep whole house cool. However the cost of upkeep is higher when compared to mini split or ductless systems. Central HVAC Systems are more energy efficient than window units. It is essentially invisible if there is existing ductwork in your home.

Main Differences

The most obvious contrast between the two options is the cost. You pay considerably more up-front for a ductless than a central air conditioning system. Because ductless system also last longer on average, the ultimate value for your money, in the long run, could be better. There is also stark difference in air quality.Ductless systems can drastically improve the air quality in your home . Ductless air conditioning is less noisy than central air. The condenser unit is smaller and can be located further away from the house to minimize noise. In addition, ducts tend to echo, which can amplify the sounds from central air. Because ductless systems use hoses, there is no echo, so the system is quieter. According to Energy.gov, as much as 30% of the energy you use to heat and cool your home is lost to leaky ducts. A ductless system could save you as much as $1,000 a year in air conditioning costs if you live in a hot climate that uses AC most of the year.

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