Split Versus Central Air Conditioning

Choosing between a ductless AC unit (commonly known as a mini-split system) and a central air conditioning system can be a hard decision to make. Fortunately, you have the Tampa air conditioning experts at Super Heat & Air to help you out! Let’s compare the major differences between these two options.

Generally, the major differences in these types of units will be price, amount of maintenance needed, and how the system functions and looks.

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Ductless Mini-Split System

Ductless mini-split systems are made up of two parts—an outdoor compressor, and an indoor handling unit. Conduit links the indoor and outdoor units.

Advantages of a Mini-Split AC System

As you might have inferred from its name, a ductless mini-split system does not require ductwork, which makes it a convenient option for older buildings with thick walls. These units keep your room temperature at a constant temperature, unlike other units that turn on and off throughout the day due to fluctuations in the temperature of your space. These systems work in the winter in a reverse manner to absorb heat from the outside air and move it indoors to heat your home.

Many homeowners install mini-split systems due to their compact size, which allows for greater flexibility in temperature zoning. Temperature zoning allows you to limit the airflow to the rooms in which the air handlers are located.

Other Pros:

  • Quieter than central air conditioning systems
  • Easier to install
  • Highest efficiency ratings for any type of AC system
  • Does not require maintenance

Disadvantages of a Ductless Mini-Split System

While ductless mini-split systems can save you money, the initial cost of installation can be quite high. Also, the wrong size unit for your space can cause the unit to run less efficiently. But you won’t have that issue if you call AC company Super Heat & Air for your ductless mini-split installation! We will make sure that you have the correct size unit for your space!

Central Air Conditioning Systems

You probably are familiar with central AC systems. These treat the air in a central location and distribute it throughout the rooms in your home by using fans and a series of ducts. Supply ducts and registers allow this cool air to reach each room of your home. This air is then recirculated back to the central air conditioner. Then the cooling cycle starts over again!

Advantages of a Central Air Conditioning System

A central AC system is most likely the best option for you if your goal is to keep your entire house cool. (Pretty much a must in Florida, right?!) Most new central AC models are highly efficient, and can significantly lower the humidity in your home.

Homeowners like this option because they are virtually invisible, have minimal upkeep ( just remember to change the filter!), and add value to your home.

Disadvantages of a Central Air Conditioning System

As with any air conditioning system, you can run into problems if your AC unit is not the proper size for your home. On the other hand, the upfront cost of a central AC system is considerably less than a ductless mini-split system.

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