Centralized AC vs. Ductless AC

Austin, TX is far too hot in the summertime to go without a reliable AC, and if you’re in the market for a new one, you want to move quickly. Most of us assume that a centralized air conditioner is the only option and indeed, they’re reliable and efficient systems. But you might also want to consider an alternative, such as a ductless AC system. They replace a single unit—which generates cool air in a centralized location and blows it into your home with a series of ducts—with multiple smaller units spaced throughout your home, Each unit is charged with cooling one room or section of the home, distributing the workload across several units. Which one is right for you? That usually depends on the circumstances.

Benefits of Central AC

Centralized systems work best for more modern homes that are equipped to handle a duct system, and for smaller homes that they can cool more readily. They also benefit from cheaper and faster installation, and if you’re installing a new system in the middle of summer, then speed is of the essence. They tend to be less efficient than ductless systems, however, and if problems arise they can deprive your entire house of air conditioning, not just a single room.

Benefits of Ductless AC

Ductless systems cost more to install since you need to put multiple units instead of just one. On the other hand, they usually cost less to run, since you can cool only those parts of the home that you’re occupying. (Bigger houses tend to benefit from that more than smaller ones.) They also let you tailor the temperature in each room to suit your tastes, setting it to one temperature in the living room and another in the kitchen. And of course, it can do the job without the use of ducts, which may be a requirement with your home.

Call Intelligent Air Services for quality air conditioning installation, no matter which kind of system you have!