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Ductless Mini Split vs. Central Air Conditioning

Ductless Mini Split vs. Central Air Conditioning

When choosing an air conditioning system for your home, there are many options to choose from. Central air conditioning is the most popular type of system, but ductless mini splits are becoming more and more popular.

This blog will discuss the differences between ductless mini splits and traditional air conditioning systems. Keep in mind that both ductless mini splits and central air conditioners have pros and cons. It's essential to do your research before deciding so that you can choose the best option for your home.

Setup & Maintenance

If you already have ductwork in your home, then a ductless mini-split is not an option for you. Ductless mini-splits do not require ductwork, making them easier to install than central air conditioners.

Central air conditioners require more maintenance than ductless mini-splits. You'll need to regularly change the air filter and have the coils cleaned once a year. Central air conditioners also require yearly tune-ups to make sure they're running efficiently. If you have a central air conditioner, it's important to keep up with regular maintenance to avoid costly repairs down the road.

Ductless mini-splits are an excellent option for those who want the convenience of air conditioning without the hassle of ductwork. They're also easier to maintain than central air conditioners, making them a great choice for those who want to avoid frequent attention to their system. If you're considering a ductless mini-split, talk to your local HVAC contractor to see if it's the right choice for your home.

Cooling Operation

Ductless mini-splits are similar to central air conditioners in that they use refrigerant to cool the air. However, ductless systems don't require ducts to distribute the cooled air throughout your home.

Ductless mini splits have two main components: an outdoor compressor/condenser and one or more indoor air handlers. The outdoor unit pumps refrigerant to the indoor units, circulating the cooled air into your living space.

In the winter, a ductless mini-split can be used for heating as well as cooling. The outdoor unit pumps refrigerant to the indoor units during the heating cycle, which then circulates the heated air into your living space.

Ductless mini-splits are available in both single-zone and multi-zone configurations. Single-zone ductless systems heat one specific area or room of your home, while multi-zone ductless systems can heat multiple areas.

For your central air conditioner to cool your home, it must first transfer heat from inside your home to the outside. Your AC's indoor and outdoor units work together to make this happen.

The evaporator coil, which is located inside the indoor unit, contains a refrigerant. This refrigerant is in a low-pressure liquid state when it enters the evaporator coil. As the refrigerant moves through the coil, it changes from a liquid to a gas. As this happens, the refrigerant starts to absorb heat from the air around it.

At the same time, the condenser coil, which is located outside the indoor unit, is working to get rid of any heat that has been transferred from inside your home.

Energy Efficiency

One of the main benefits of ductless mini-splits is that they are very energy efficient. Ductless systems don't lose any cooled or heated air through ductwork, so you won't have to worry about your system working overtime to compensate for lost air.

Central air conditioners are also quite energy efficient, as long as they are properly maintained. If you have a central AC that is not running efficiently, it could be because the coils need to be cleaned or the air filter needs to be changed.

Our Experts Are Ready for Anything

If you're still undecided, or if you have any questions about ductless mini splits or central air conditioners, please don't hesitate to contact the Rainforest Plumbing and Air team today at (602) 755-2995. We would be happy to help you make the right decision for your home and family.