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Central AC or Mini Split for AC Installation?

If it’s time to install a new air conditioner in your home, you may be comparing central air conditioners to ductless mini splits. Each system has its own unique pros and cons, and our team can help you decide which is best for your needs. 

If you’ve been searching for ‘air conditioning installation near me’ look no further. You’ve reached the experts in the area. You can keep reading to learn more about each type of system and which one might be right for you. Then, give our team a call for your in-home assessment and learn about our recommendation based on your preferences. 

Pros and Cons of a Central Air Conditioner

A central air conditioner is considered the most traditional air conditioner available. It has been installed in homes as a standard for years, and most homes already have central air conditioners. Because of this, installing a new central air conditioner to replace your old one makes the installation process very easy. However, central air conditioners are connected to a network of ducts that are used to transfer air from inside the unit around your home. 

If the ducts are not laid out properly, air could get trapped in the system instead of making it to your home, resulting in spots that are warmer or cooler than other areas in your home. Ducts are also very delicate and so they are prone to holes that can allow cool air to escape before reaching the walls of your home. This can result in higher energy bills and your air conditioner working harder to cool your home.

As long as you ensure that your ductwork is in excellent condition, a central air conditioner will work great. Technology has expanded a lot in recent years and central air conditioners are now highly energy efficient. When you pair that with good homeowner maintenance, your central air conditioner can work efficiently for upwards of 15 years.

Pros and Cons of a Ductless Mini Split

A ductless mini split works to both heat and cool your home as an all-in-one system. Unlike a central air conditioner that only offers cooling, a mini split uses heat pump technology with a reversing valve that allows it to move between heating and cooling effortlessly.

Ductless mini split units are installed in each room or zone of your home to provide individualized cooling. Since there is no attached ductwork, this option is considered nearly 100% efficient since all of the cool air is blowing directly into your home.

A potential downside is that ductless mini split units can cost significantly more upfront to install. However, the energy savings are equally significant and so the cost could easily even out over the life of the unit. A ductless mini split offers the added benefit of not needing to have a separate heater like a central air conditioner does.

JMS Air Conditioning and Heating has your back. Call us today to schedule an appointment for an air purifier in Glendale, CA! 

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