Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Central vs. Ductless Air Conditioning

There are quite a few kinds of air conditioners, but not all are equally suited to residential usage. Here is a comparison of two popular residential air conditioning solutions: central and ductless mini-split systems.

Central air conditioners are simple and effective. Central air conditioners extract heat from regular air and then distribute the resulting cool air throughout your home. Central air conditioning is often the best choice when you are looking to cool your entire home, but it does require a little extra maintenance. Not only do you need to keep the air conditioner in working order, but you also need to make sure that your ventilation isn't getting clogged up.

Ductless Mini-Split systems are similar in that they have a central cooling unit and outlets throughout your home. You can choose which rooms get cold air at any time. While a central system uses ventilation to move cold air, a ductless system has refrigeration lines that directly connect the refrigeration unit to the fan systems in each room. This cold air is then blown right into the room, somewhat like a cleaner swamp cooler.

So which option is better?

Central air conditioners require much less effort to install if you already have ventilation in place. They are also pretty good choices if you are planning on keeping all of your rooms equally cool.
Ductless systems are easier to install if you don't have ventilation already. They are efficient if you are only planning on cooling a few rooms since they allow you to save energy that would otherwise be spent on bringing down the temperature in the rest of your house.

Did you know that JR Perkins was the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley? Our service area includes Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surrounding areas. To learn more please visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com or call (480) 422-4437.