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Central AC vs Ductless

Sarasota Ductless AC Systems

In recent years, ductless systems have become a popular alternative to central air conditioning and heating systems, and there are a lot of good reasons for their new-found popularity.

Since ductless systems are still a relatively new concept for many, let’s begin by explaining what they are…

Ductless systems consist of an outdoor compressor and one or more indoor air handlers. Small tubes carry refrigerant from the outdoor compressor to wall-mounted air handlers inside your home, so you only have to drill a small hole behind each air handler. Ductless systems are extremely energy-efficient because there is no ductwork and they are sleeker, quieter, and safer than window units.

Ductless Systems are perfect for a variety of applications including:

  • For heating and cooling additions like garage apartments and sunrooms. Ductless systems can be cool the addition without diverting air from the rest of the house and, because you’re not sharing ductwork, you don’t have to worry about stinking up the rest of the house if you’re smoking cigars in the man cave or she shed.
  • For empty nesters who don’t want to heat and cool unused rooms. Closing HVAC grilles in unused rooms creates a pressure imbalance and you could end up with mold in those rooms. Ductless systems allow you to cool the main living area or master bedroom while keeping the central air conditioning system running just high or low enough to avoid mold and other temperature related issue.
  • For creating separate temperature zones under one roof. If you have a family member that likes it 10 degrees colder (or warmer) than the rest of the family, you can create a different temperature zone within the home much more efficiently than with a ducted system.
  • For rooms with specific cooling requirements. If you have home office with computer equipment that puts out a lot of heat, a small kitchen with a huge stove or a room with a southwest-facing picture window that makes it sweltering in the summer, a ductless unit can cool that room without making it too cold in the rest of the house.
  • For homes without existing ductwork. A good ductless system isn’t cheap, but it’s a lot less expensive than adding ductwork to home that isn’t set up for it.

If you’re wondering whether central or ductless is the way to go for your application, give us a call at (941) 921-7208, the comfort consultants at Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating are ready to answer any questions you might have and we can provide pricing for different alternatives so you can choose the best system for your home or business.

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