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Central AC Vs Mini Split Installation: Which Is Better?

More and more Colorado homeowners are realizing how essential a dependable air conditioner is. With an increase in heat waves and a longer cooling season, having an air conditioning system that keeps your home and family cool and comfortable is not just a luxury but a necessity.

So when it’s time for air conditioning installation, it pays to do a little research and find out what your options are. Many homeowners are switching from central ACs to ductless mini splits. Let’s go over the pros and cons of each so you can make an informed decision when the time comes.

Central Air Conditioning: Pros

Economical: Central ACs usually cost significantly less than mini splits if your home already has ductwork.

Powerful: You just can’t beat their cooling power, especially if you have a large home with a lot of square footage.

IAQ Integration: If getting an IAQ system such as a whole house air purifier or humidifier is something you want to get eventually, you’re better off going with central air.

Options for Efficiency: Depending on your budget, you can choose between different SEER2 ratings. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient it is. 

Central Air Conditioning: Cons

Less Efficiency: Unless you’re getting a top-of-the-line central AC, a mini split will be more energy efficient because it uses heat pump technology and doesn’t rely on air ducts.

Zone Control: A zone control system can be added but nothing will compare to the amazing zone control that mini splits allow.

Higher Utility Bills: Your utility bills will be higher compared to a mini split.

Ductless Mini Splits: Pros

High Efficiency: They use electricity and don’t use fossil fuels which makes them super energy efficient. Plus, you can choose to heat or cool just one room in your home, decreasing energy bills. It also replaces your heater, saving money down the line.

Precision Zoning: With an air handler mounted in each room, you can control the temperature with the touch of a button. This is great for households where different people run hot or cold compared to others. 

Flexibility: You can install an air handler in rooms that haven’t been able to benefit from central AC systems such as an addition to your house. 

Ductless Mini Splits: Cons

Filtration: Mini splits have filters that must be changed on a regular basis so routine maintenance is essential.

Maintenance: Because they provide both heating and cooling, mini splits need maintenance twice a year. 

Aesthetics: Some homeowners dislike the appearance of air handlers. This can be a deal breaker if you want your system out of sight.

Initial Cost: The initial cost of a ductless mini split is going to be more expensive than that of central AC.

Whatever system you choose, having it installed by a professional team like ours makes all the difference. If you’re not sure which system you want, talk to one of your experts for an informed and honest opinion.

Don’t let the weather get you down, call Brown’s! Brown’s Heating & Cooling is your trusted resource for quality air conditioning installations in Fountain, CO. Contact us today!

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