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What are the Differences Between a Central AC Unit and a Mini Split?

What are the Differences Between a Central AC Unit and a Mini Split?

There’s been a lot of talk recently about mini splits.  If you haven’t heard of this type of technology in the past, but you’re wanting to explore your options when it comes to cooling specific parts of your home, you’ll want to pay attention.

Zone-based cooling

Let’s say you and your better half own a large, 3-bedroom ranch-style house. At this point in your lives two of those bedrooms are vacant, and since your adult children are now married and living other parts of the country, it’s safe to assume they won’t be moving back into their childhood bedrooms.

Suffice to say, you don’t need to cool that part of the house.

The problem with central AC units is they don’t allow you to pick and choose where cold air goes; with this type of system, it’s all or nothing.  And, as you already know, cooling the entire home during the warmest days of the summer can get very expensive, very fast.

No ducts

Mini splits are quite popular in other parts of the world, and for good reason.  First, they’re ductless, which means you won’t need to worry about installing ducts if your home doesn’t already have them.

These systems are controlled by a remote and they consist of an outdoor compressor unit and an indoor unit that can be used to blow cold or warm air. Depending on the model you choose, you may be able to operate the mini split as a fan. You can even choose to operate it as a dehumidifier.

These types of devices are extremely energy efficient, which makes them more cost-effective than installing a wall-based or window-based AC unit.

You can also use the remote to have them run in a power-saving mode, which is similar to how your HVAC system works with the thermostat. In this setting, the mini split will turn on and off at regular intervals which will allow you to keep the temperature stable.

Central AC pros

If you or one of your family members suffers from asthma or seasonal allergies, you can buy specially designed air filters which are designed to remove as much pollen, pet dander, dust and other types of pollutants from the air in your home as possible.

Since mini splits are ductless and relatively small, they don’t allow for the use of air filters. We should also tell you that central AC units tend to come with longer-lasting warranties.

Have additional questions? Call Loveland HVAC today

At Loveland HVAC we have decades of experience in helping Loveland, Colorado homeowners with all of their heating and cooling needs. Regardless as to whether you need help troubleshooting a problem, you’d like to discuss scheduling a time for us to perform HVAC maintenance or if you’d like to learn more about the differences between central AC units and mini splits, we can help.

Call us today at 970-541-9244 to speak directly with a local HVAC expert in your area.

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