As a homeowner considering a new AC system or simply want to replace it, you may be wondering if it’s better to get central air conditioning or the ductless system you have heard about. The decision in choosing one air-conditioning can be difficult.
Of course, the answer will depend on your personal situation and use. But don’t worry, Let’s take a look at some of the deciding factors that can help you choose the right solution for your home.
A ductless air conditioning system typically consists of a wall-mounted indoor unit combined with an outdoor compressor, but a central unit, consisting of a condenser, compressor, and an air handling unit, is usually located in the basement, attic, or garage.
Ductless Air Conditioning Systems
All homes in Ontario depend on ductless air-conditioning solutions. Whether you own one of these homes or simply have a room that you would like to be a little cooler in the summer or a little warmer in the winter, ductless systems are the perfect solution for you! Ductless air conditioning units come in all shapes and sizes and can vary in portability and functionality.
It will cost you much less to install from scratch. There will also be much less construction mess: all you just need to make a 3-inch hole in the wall to run the cable through. Ductless systems are also great for homes with new additions that aren’t connected to the ductwork that runs through the rest of the house. You also won’t have to pay for duct maintenance like sealing leaks, cleaning ductwork, or adding insulation.
Advantages Small size and flexibility Easy to install No ductwork requires Energy Efficient
Disadvantages The cost of the system is high Sizing of the system can be tricky Aesthetics is an issue to some homeowners
Central Air Conditioning Systems
We must learn first how this system works, central air conditioning systems cool air in a central location, using an outside unit which is normally attic-based, processor and condenser system. These work together to cool air and even heating (when using a Heat Pump), which is then circulated throughout your home via a series of fans and ductwork. When the air gets warmer after a long period of time, this process is repeated to keep your home at a constant, cool temperature the whole day and night.
If your goal is to keep your whole house cool and comfortable, central air-conditioning is most likely your best option. With newer models, you can count on efficient, cool and comfortable temperatures and lower humidity. And one more thing, this system is also virtually invisible and adds value to your home.
Advantages Virtually invisible Easy to install (with existing ductwork) Energy efficient Improves your home value
Disadvantages The cost of the system is moderately high Unit requires annual maintenance & tune-up Air ducts should be cleaned every 3-5 years
No matter which type of system you choose, you’ll still need to perform some routine maintenance tasks. You should check the air filter on ductless and central systems once per month to see if it’s dirty and change it or clean it every three months. You should also keep leaves, grass clippings, and other debris away from your outdoor unit and have your system inspected by a professional at least once per year.
It’s always best to talk to an HVAC professional to make sure you’re getting all the facts as they relate to your home.
For more information on air-conditioning systems, you may reach us at www.alliancehvac.ca.