Central Air vs. Ductless Mini-Split

Choosing the best cooling option for your home

In the dog days of summer, when the heat becomes unrelenting in this part of New Jersey, a lot of families realize that their window unit air conditioning isn’t getting the job done. Woodruff Energy can help you make the leap to something more long-term.

Depending on your home’s structure, your family’s needs, and your budget, you might be better off with either central air A/C or a ductless mini-split system. We can help you decide and get the right system installed. Here are some factors you should consider.

Who should consider central air cooling?

To install central air A/C, you need ducts, which generally means you need a home with forced-air vented heating. Alternatively, our expert HVAC team can install ductwork in your home. There are definite benefits to having central A/C: the initial investment is less expensive than with mini-splits, and you can control your A/C conveniently via a single thermostat. Bear in mind, though, that installing central A/C takes several days — longer if you need ductwork installed too.

Who should consider a mini-split?

As the name suggests, a ductless mini-split is an air conditioning system that doesn’t require ductwork. They go through your exterior wall. The indoor head runs warm air over cold evaporator coils, and returns cooled air into the room. The outdoor condenser disposes of the warm air. You can connect multiple heads to a single condenser.

If you live in a home without ducts — heated with a boiler and radiators or baseboards — then ductless mini-splits are a long-term, energy-efficient alternative to window units.

Not only that — mini-splits have benefits that make them more appealing than central A/C for many households:

  • We can install them in a day or two.
  • You can set up zoned cooling where you can keep different spaces at different temperatures
  • Mini-splits last longer, often more than 20 years. Central air equipment only lasts around 15 years.
  • Mini-splits use less electricity than central A/C and provide supplemental heating too.

Want to learn more about the HVAC upgrades you can make to your home? Contact Woodruff Energy.