Central Air Vs. Mini Split Systems- Which System is Right For You?
Understanding the difference between a Central Air/Heat system and Mini Split System for your house will give you a great idea of what to install in your home. Below we have listed the pros and cons of each system to help you make the right decision.
Pros of a Central Heating/Air System
- Blends In– Unlike the Mini Split System that will have visible wall units, the vents that come with the central air system will be essentially invisible to the eye. Typically central air vents are installed flush to the floor or ceiling.
- Easy to Use – A central system is controlled by 1 thermostat and heats and cools down your entire house from one place.
- Cost – The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that aside from ductwork, central HVAC systems cost about 30% less than mini split systems.
Cons of a Central Heating/Air System
- Ducts –These systems require extra maintenance and installation. Sometimes ducts can develop leaks over time, which will cost money to fix. They also need to maintained and cleaned over the years.
- Harder to Install– Installing ducts throughout your house can be a ponderous and costly operation. This will require the help of a professional HVAC professional.
Pros of a Mini Split System
- Easy to install – Mini split systems do not require ducts to function. Therefore, they are relatively easy to install and require less labor.
- Energy Efficient – Due to the multiple systems installed throughout the home they will be able to cool down a room in no time. This will ensure energy efficiency throughout the entire home.
- Control – Since there are multiple units set up throughout the home, you can control which units are on based on the room you are currently occupying.
Cons of a Mini Split System
- Cost– is the number one con of a mini split system. They are more expensive than other systems to install, but they can save you money in the long run.
- The Look– of these mini split systems is another minor downside. Unlike the vents that come with central air systems, these mini splits are typically mounted to the wall and can be unappealing to some.