There are many HVAC options for heating and cooling your home. If you’re in the market for something new and are considering a ductless mini-split system, you’ve come to the right place. It’s worth comparing the choices available before investing. We’ve put together a list of the pros and cons of a mini-split AC system to help you decide if it’s the right one for your home.
Pros of a Ductless Mini-Split AC System
Ductless systems are gaining in popularity for many reasons. Here’s a list of the pros that have drawn people to this cooling method for their homes.
- Energy efficiency: More efficient than traditional central air conditioning, a mini-split transfers heat from one area to another to cool the rooms in your home without generating heat in the process. The ductless installation helps conserve energy by preventing cooling loss in the ductwork, where there can be energy loss of up to 30%. A mini-split can save up to 60% on your annual cooling bills.
- Simpler installation requirements: Because there are no ducts to work with, installing a mini-split system is easier and takes less time, with lower installation costs than a ducted system.
- Personalized cooling: Because this type of cooling has individual units in different areas of your home, you can create custom or zoned cooling. This allows you to set different temperatures in different areas to suit every room and member of your family.
- Reduced maintenance needs: Without ductwork, this system requires less maintenance than central cooling. You’ll still want to schedule AC maintenance in the spring, but you’re likely to have reduced costs for the service call and are less likely to have to worry about repairs.
- Improved air quality: A mini-split AC runs cleaner than a system that blows air through a system of ducts. You’ll experience fewer issues with dust, dirt, mold, and other allergens than with central air.
Cons of a Ductless Mini-Split AC System
Along with all of the benefits of a split system, there are some downsides as well. Here are the cons we think you should consider before deciding on a mini-split AC.
- Less power than central air: Because this type of system only has one indoor unit per room with outdoor units that power them, they aren’t as powerful as central air. If we have particularly hot days, keeping your home as cool as you’d like might take longer.
- Not ideal for condos and apartments: A mini-split requires an outdoor condenser and compressor, making them a challenging choice for homes where exterior property modifications are difficult.
- Cost: One of the cons is the cost, which is higher than a standard unit because it’s split into two – one inside and two outside.
If you’re looking for a new way to cool your home, don’t forget to consider the mini-split AC system. There are a few drawbacks, but the benefits and pros often outweigh the cons. They’re a clean, energy-efficient, customizable way to cool your home. To learn more, contact the team at H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling.