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Ductless Mini-Split A/C vs. Central Air Conditioning

Jun 6, 2022 | Blog

Ductless Mini-Split A/C systems are all the rage right now, and we can see why. They’re energy efficient, they allow for customized temperatures in different rooms of your house, they don’t require ductwork, and they’re very, very quiet. Sounds great, right? But mini-splits aren’t right for everyone and they’re certainly not one-size-fits-all. We’ll dive into where, when, and why you should get a mini-split vs. a traditional air conditioning system.

No ducts no problem.

First off, does your home have functioning ductwork for central A/C? If the answer is no, then a mini-split system may be a better choice than installing an entire home’s worth of ducts. Mini-splits are a great option for old houses without ductwork. If you’re the proud new owner of a pre-1950 historic home in Florida, then we’re talking to you. Central air conditioning wasn’t popularized until the late 1960s, so it’s not too unusual to find a historic home without duct work! Mini-split A/C systems are also a popular solution for homeowners who are looking for a great way to get air conditioning in converted garages, attics, and sunrooms without having to use a window unit or completely redesign the existing central air ducts.

“I want my bedroom cold but my living room warm”

A mini-split system allows you to keep some rooms colder than others, giving you more control over your comfort in your home. Popular for cooling indoor gyms, a mini-split can turn your workout room into an icy cool haven for exercising. It will pull humidity out of the air and keep it fresh without having to turn the whole house’s thermostat down just for your workout. Or, maybe someone at home just wants their bedroom to be an icebox without freezing out the rest of the family. Mini-split systems let you choose.

Why pay more? Mini-splits cost less to run.

If you only want to keep certain parts of the house icy cool, then why pay to cool the whole house? A mini-split system’s compressors run only to sustain the temperature requirements of their assigned areas. If your bedroom is set to 72 and you like your living room set a little warmer at 78, you’ll be saving a lot of money on the electric bill compared to cooling a whole house to 72. Mitsubishi claims its mini-split systems can “conserve up to 40% more energy.

A mini-split can supplement your existing central A/C system

Yes, you can have both a mini-split AND a traditional central A/C system. Many customers choose to install mini-splits just in the areas of their home that they want to have a little extra control and customization over. This is especially popular to keep bedrooms or workout rooms cool without replacing the entire home’s A/C system or affecting the temperature in the rest of the house.

Is a mini-split right for your home?

It’s difficult to answer without a full walkthrough of your home and a discussion about your lifestyle and needs. When comparing ductless Mini-Split A/C vs. traditional A/C units, one is not better than the other. It’s all about finding the perfect fit for you.

We’re happy to help you make that decision! As a Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractor, we provide installation services using the most reliable ductless air conditioning systems on the market. Mitsubishi Electric is a world leader in ductless cooling and heating technology for both residential and commercial applications – and they’re #1 in Ductless in the United States!

With Air & Energy as your Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor, you can be sure you’re getting:

  The latest, most efficient technology, including the most advanced, INVERTER heat pump systems in the world.

 Best Warranty in the business: with up to 12 years on parts & compressor when installed & registered by a Diamond Contractor

 Trane trusts Mitsubishi ductless to offer them through Trane dealer channels (that’s us!)

Air & Energy has been servicing Manatee County, FL for nearly 40 years and provides air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, and generator services.

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