Installing a new air conditioning system is an expensive and time-intensive process even if you hire an air conditioning installation company. The two primary types of whole home units are a traditional central air conditioner or a ductless mini-split unit. Both have pros and cons but the choice might come down to a few considerations about your cooling needs and home layout.
Pre-Existing Indoor Ducts
Are you replacing a central air conditioning system and already have ducts in place that were working well before? There's no reason to switch system types now. A new unit can use the same ducts and you can save some time and money.
Do your existing ducts have serious issues such as joint failures or a poor layout that keeps areas of your home boiling hot while others are freezing? You can either still opt for a central unit with duct fixing thrown in. Or you can go for a ductless mini-split unit and bypass the ducts altogether.
Keep in mind that running entirely new ducts can become a costly endeavor. So if you would need to replace all of the ducts, and cost is an issue, a mini-split unit is probably the better option.
Indoor Unit Storage Space
Both a central unit and a mini-split unit require an indoor unit called an air handler that triggers the actual cooling of the circulating air. The air handler for a mini-split unit is fairly small and easy to position even in homes with little storage space.
Central units need the air handler to double as a furnace since the unit itself can't pull double-duty the way a mini-split unit does. So the air handler on a central unit is substantially bigger. This isn't a problem in homes with a large basement or attic that can hide away the handler.
Consider the amount of indoor storage space you have when contemplating a new unit. Discuss specific sizes and potential installation locations with an HVAC technician before you make a final decision.
Large, Blocky Home Layout
Central units use ducts to move cold air through your home and out air vents in the floors or walls of each room. The duct movement process is easier in smaller homes with a setup that allows the ducts to run a fairly straight course through the walls. If you have a large home with a blocky, segmented layout, a central air conditioner might not be the most efficient cooling system.
A ductless mini-split unit can have an individual air dispersal system and thermostat in each zone of your home. That means you can split the upstairs or downstairs into a couple of zones according to usage or personal temperature preferences.
To learn more, contact a company like R & B Heating & Air Conditioning.
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