Deciding between ductless and central AC: What makes sense for my family?
When you’re trying to narrow down the right air conditioner for your home, the considerations can feel endless. Here are some of the factors that go into picking the right AC:
- Unit size (how large of unit your home requires to cool it effectively)
- Placement (where the unit will go in your home)
- SEER ratings and efficiency level
- Size of your home in square feet
- Number of people living in your home
- Allergy concerns
- Environmental concerns
- Pet concerns
- Brand names
- Pricing for the AC unit
- Pricing for installation
As you can see, the list is long! Don’t worry, we can help. Dutch Heating and Cooling, LLC is a locally renowned source of HVAC companies in Noblesville. We’ve installed hundreds of AC units and seen the results over the years. We can help you narrow it down to the right brands and efficiency ratings and guarantee a quality installation that gets you the most out of your investment. So what’s next?
One of your first steps is to narrow down the type of AC you want for your home. The two major types on the market for homeowners are ductless and central units. We’ll outline both some pros and cons to help you make the initial steps in your research.
Central or forced air
These are the most popular units in the US and for good reason. They effectively cool the entire home from one central location. With a condenser unit outside and a cooling system tucked away in a garage or closet, they are unobtrusive and easy to use with a thermostat inside the house. One big factor with central air is whether or not you have ductwork already installed in your home. These are the vents and registers that let air travel and circulate the cooled air from your AC unit. Most US homes already have ductwork, making a replacement or new central air unit a more affordable choice than switching to ductless systems.
Ductless or split air systems
You might be asking yourself, why would a homeowner even consider ductless units when central air is generally a cheaper and more common choice? If you don’t have ductwork already installed in your home, ductless systems offer faster and more inexpensive installation. Another reason people are starting to take notice of ductless systems is their precision in the cooling room by room. Remote control the wall-mounted system that quietly cools your room. Ductless systems eliminate the problem of uneven cooling around the house by putting exact control in your hands.
Whether you’re searching for a free second opinion or just starting the search for help with a needed repair, Dutch Heating and Cooling, LLC is ready to help you and your family achieve top comfort.