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Central vs. Ductless AC: Which Is Better?

Are you looking for a new air conditioner? There are countless options out there to choose from, but first you’ll need to decide between a ductless or central model. Read on for Canella’s guide to choosing between central and ductless AC.

Ductless vs. central air conditioning: What’s the difference?

No matter what type or make, all air conditioners essentially use the same process to cool your home. Refrigerant allows the air conditioner to move warm air out of the house, keeping it cool and comfortable. However, there are distinct differences between types of AC units. Central air conditioners are standard in many homes in the Hickory area. They use a system of ductwork and vents to circulate air throughout the home. Ductless AC units, on the other hand, are essentially individual heat pumps that are installed in separate rooms and work independently.

Ductless AC from Canella Heating & Air Conditioning

If you’re considering a new AC system, ductless air conditioners, or mini splits, can be a great option. Mini splits allow for HVAC zoning, which means you can control the temperature and humidity levels in separate areas of your home independently. This increases efficiency and lowers energy bills. In addition, the lack of ductwork means there’s nowhere for dust and debris to accumulate, which prevents allergy symptoms from flaring up. Finally, ductless AC is a convenient and cost-effective option for historic homes or finished basements and sunrooms. Adding ductwork to a home can be an expensive and time-consuming renovation process. This is easily avoided with a mini split.

Central AC in Hickory NC

While ductless AC units provide numerous benefits, they have higher initial installation costs than your typical “motel-type" unit. If your home is already fitted with ductwork, and you only need a new air conditioner itself, your best option is to replace it with a high efficiency central air conditioner. Not only will this save you money, but it will be most effective at keeping your home cool during spring. And if you upgrade to a programmable thermostat, you can enjoy some of the cost saving features you would get with ductless AC.

No matter what type of AC unit you’re looking for, Canella Heating & Air Conditioning has you covered. Call us today for a quote on your new air conditioner!


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