To say that summer is just around the corner is a bit arbitrary where we live–it almost feels like summer never ends, right? This is why it’s so important to have a highly efficient and effective air conditioning system in place. If you’re in the market for a new cooling system, then now is the perfect time to make an investment, before we get into the scorching temperatures.
This is a purchase that is important not to rush into–doing so can leave you with an inefficient air conditioner, or it could even be improperly matched to your specific home and needs. There are so many factors to consider when making an AC purchase!
Do you also need to replace your furnace or radiant heating system? Do you want to increase efficiency and lower your energy bills throughout the year, and not just in the summer? Then a ductless HVAC system could be a fantastic choice. If, however, you don’t have urgent heating needs and you’ve always had a central AC system, then you might want to stay on that route.
Keep reading to learn the benefits of each, and let us help you make an educated decision.
Benefits of a Central AC System
Central AC systems have certainly come a long way in terms of technological advancements and especially in terms of system efficiency. Today’s central air conditioners are more energy and cost-efficient than those of even just a decade ago, and depending on what manufacturer your system comes from, you can respect the highest SEER ratings you’ve ever seen!
SEER, by the way, stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and some systems go as high as 17-24 SEER, making them very efficient. You can even take that efficiency further by choosing an inverter drive or variable speed central AC installation. These systems operate at varying fan speeds, which means on a mildly warm day, you could use your air conditioner without running it at “full blast” and therefore wasting energy.
However, what if you are simultaneously considering the purchase of a new furnace or heating system? Making both of these investments at once is a lot for the average budget to handle, after all! This is why more and more homeowners are choosing the ductless HVAC system.
Benefits of a Ductless System
What we were getting at above is that if you choose a ductless system as your next HVAC purchase rather than a central AC system, you don’t have to buy a heater, because your ductless system is a heater. Also referred to as mini-split systems, ductless HVAC units:
- Do not require air ducts to function. This eliminates some of the indoor air quality issues that could come from dirty or damaged ductwork.
- Operate on heat pump technology. This means they use refrigerant inside a closed-loop system to transfer heat from one area to another. There’s a component in them called a reversing valve, which is what allows them to function as both a powerful AC system and an efficient heating system. In fact, heat pump systems, in general, are said to operate most efficiently in climates that are mild in the winter but experience hot summers–so they’re perfect for our area!
Ductless systems are comprised of a single outdoor unit connected to up to 4 indoor air handlers, all of which can be independently controlled from one another. This means if you only want to heat or cool one room, or if different household members have different heating or cooling preferences, the ductless system can accommodate!
Which is the Best AC Unit to Consider?
Honestly, the short answer to “which is the best AC unit to consider” is “it depends!” Whatever your household needs are, we can help you make an educated choice. Ultimately, however, it will depend on the factors we mentioned above–such as whether or not you’re also in the market for a heater–and the state of your current ductwork if you have any.