If you’re trying to decide between a central air conditioner and a new ductless system, it is very important that you consider all of the details associated with each option so that you make the right choice. The answer will depend on your personal situation and the more information you know, the better you will be able to select the air conditioner that is best for you.

Both a ductless system and a central air conditioner system consist of two units; a condenser that is placed outside the home and an evaporator that is placed indoors. Coolant passes between the two units, which carries the heat from the inside to the outdoor unit where it is released. The difference is that with a central air system, the cool air passes through the evaporator on your furnace and into the ductwork, which then carries it into the rest of the house, whereas a ductless system uses a slim cable between the condensers. Ductwork is not involved and vents are not required on the floor in a ductless system.

If you’re having difficulty with your decision, there are certain questions you can ask yourself to help lead you in the right direction, including the following:

Do you have existing ductwork?

This is generally the main factor that helps people with their decision. If ductwork already exists in your home, a central system is the more cost-effective option. If you do not have ductwork, then it will cost less to install a ductless system and there will be less of a construction mess.

Does the appearance of the unit matter?

A central AC unit is invisible when you’re indoors; however, a ductless system will require either a vent in the ceiling or a slim unit on the wall. Manufacturers do their best to make these boxes as presentable as possible but they will be visible, which can be a problem for those who care about décor. If you are concerned about the appearance aspect, a central system would be the better choice.

How big is your home?

The size of your home matters because ductless systems are not ideal for larger spaces as they do not have enough power to cool bigger homes. If you live in a large house, a central air conditioner is better and if your home is 2,000 square feet or less, you should consider ductless.

Do you care about noise?

If you are sensitive to noise, a ductless system is quieter, so consider the noise level for the system you are interested in. Ask the technician for details when it comes to noise because it can vary.

Your Local HVAC Team can help you with all of your heating and air conditioning needs. We service the Bracebridge and Muskoka areas and can help with furnaces and so much more. If you are looking for a reliable HVAC company, give us a call now!