Central Air vs Ductless Air Conditioning

Posted: June 24, 2024

Learn all the Ways to Keep Your Cool this Summer

air conditioning Schenectady County, NY It’s usually after that first burst of unseasonably hot weather—pushing 90 in early June—that many homeowners suddenly decide they may need to update their cooling systems.

If you haven’t been in the market for a cooling system in a while, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the choices. If you want to replace your central AC systems, you’ll be pleased to learn that the newest systems are more efficient than ever. But if you live in a condo or an apartment, or your need to cool an addition or other space that isn’t part of your existing system, ductless air conditioning and mini-splits are game-changers.

Not sure where to start? The employee owners at Main Care can help you navigate your options and find the best system for your home and your budget. Here’s what you need to know.

How Do Cooling Systems Work?

If you’re a new homeowner shopping for a cooling system for the first time, you may not know how cooling systems keep you comfortable.

A central A/C system uses a system of ductwork and vents connected to an outdoor condenser and a single indoor unit that cools your entire house.

Ductless cooling systems, including mini-splits, use one or more indoor units, called air handlers, which can be installed virtually anywhere—the wall, the floor, even the ceiling. They connect to an outdoor condenser via pair of slim pipes and cool your spaces in zones, which can increase efficiency.

Pros and Cons Of Air Conditioning Systems

Either type of system has advantages and disadvantages, and both types of system do a great job at cooling your spaces. Understanding your space, and your needs, can help you decide the best option for your home.

Central Air Conditioning Pros

Central Air Conditioning Cons

Ductless Cooling Advantages

Downsides of Ductless Air Conditioning

The Best System for You

It is usually less expensive to replace like with like. So if you already have ductwork, replacing your central system with new high-efficiency equipment is likely the best choice.

But if you have spaces that your main system doesn’t reach effectively, such as a converted attic or basement space, or an addition that wasn’t ducted, installing a ductless or mini-split system can be a great option. And, if you’re a sick of dealing with the noise and inefficient cooling from the window units in your apartment, it’s time to go ductless.

Talk to the team at Main Care: We can assess your needs, talk through your options and answer all your questions to help you choose the perfect central A/C or ductless mini-split solution for your home. Then, we’ll install it promptly, and correctly.

Ready to learn more? Contact us today.