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Aug 4 2020

What’s the Difference Between a Ductless System and a Central Air System?

You know that having heating and cooling in your home is important. However, the way that cool or warm air enters each room in your home or business–and what the best method is–may vary on a case-by-case basis. Many home and business owners love a central air system, whereas others are sold on ductless options. Here’s what you need to know about the differences between these two system types and which one may be preferable to you–

What’s a Central Air System?

A central air system refers to a home cooling system that employs a closed-loop of cooled air that is cycled throughout a home or business. Once the air is cooled within a central air system, it is distributed to each room in the home via a forced-air system that pushes the cool air through the home’s ducts and vents. As such, a home must have ducts in order for a central air system to work. 

What’s a Ductless System?

A ductless system, on the other hand, is exactly that: a heating and cooling system that doesn’t rely on ducts. Usually, a ductless system has two parts: a wall-mounted, inside system that pushes hot or cool air out into a room, and an outside compressor. 

Which Option Is Best for Me?

There are definitely pros and cons to both ductless and central air systems. If your home doesn’t have ducts already, then installing them can be very expensive, making a ductless system a much more affordable and practical option. Ductless systems are also great for zone heating and cooling, allowing you to conserve energy by only running the A/C in the room where you need it. 

If your home does have ducts, though, a central air conditioning system can provide really great temperature and climate control options, allowing you to keep your whole house at a comfortable temperature, even during the hottest months of the year.

Learn More About Your Options from Van Drunen Heating & Air Conditioning

To learn more about your options and the differences between ductless and central air systems, please feel free to reach out to our team of HVAC professionals directly. We want to help you find the option that makes the most sense for your life and your home. Our company has more than 50 years’ worth of experience and is confident in our ability to work on any system type. We offer free estimates for new equipment installations, and also provide repair and maintenance services. Reach us today to get started!

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