Ductless Mini Splits vs. Central Air Conditioners

When evaluating ductless mini splits vs. central air conditioners, both are great options for homeowners looking to save on their energy costs while improving indoor comfort, but you may be wondering which system is best for the size of your home.

We’ll explore both systems to help you make the right choice for your budget and needs.

The hottest summer months are right around the corner, which may have you evaluating whether or not your cooling system is enough to keep your family comfortable.

Thanks to huge technological improvements in the HVAC industry there are many popular and budget-friendly air conditioning options available.

What is a ductless mini split?

Ductless mini split air conditioners, also referred to as mini splits, are small air conditioners that use an individual fan and evaporator in each unit, eliminating the need for large duct work throughout the home.

Our customers love mini split air conditioners because they maintain a quiet, comfortable and consistent flow of air, unlike traditional systems that start and stop throughout the day or night.

Mini splits are ideal for homeowners who want to heat or cool specific rooms rather than maintain a temperature throughout the home. A ductless mini split AC is an energy-efficient system that is easier to install than central air conditioning, and can be integrated with a heat pump so that you can enjoy the benefit of a heating and cooling system in a single compact unit.

What size ductless mini split should I buy?

Mini split air conditioners are ideal for small spaces such as condos or for homeowners who only want to cool certain areas of the home. For example, rooms that are infrequently used may not need to be kept cool, whereas high-trafficked areas such as the living room or family room would benefit from a dedicated heating and cooling system.

A ductless mini split system is perfect for homeowners seeking to reduce energy consumption by targeting only the important areas of the home.

We understand that cost is a big concern for our customers, and you will likely be doing some research to get an idea of what a mini split system is worth.

To determine the size of the mini split unit you’ll need, you must first measure each room that you want to heat or cool. A 450 to 550 square foot space will generally require a mini split system that can achieve 12,000 BTUs. Add 2,000 BTUs for every additional 200 square feet (approximately).

Mini splits come in many sizes and cooling capacities, and with many models and brands on the market it can be tough to know which system is right for you. Need help? The experts at Jackson Hardware Heating and A/C can find a unit that precisely fits your comfort and budget needs.

Jackson Hardware Heating and A/C is proud to offer industry-leading air conditioners by Lennox. Truly the best on the market, Lennox offers several mini split models with SEER efficiency ratings of up to 24.

There’s a Lennox mini split AC system that’s perfect for your budget! Our helpful team is available 24/7. Call us at 262-677-3477 for a fast and friendly quote. We provide new air conditioner installation and repair services to all of Washington and Ozaukee counties.

Be sure to check out our online sales & promotions by clicking here. We can help you save hundreds on a new A/C installation through our limited time offers and excellent Lennox rebates.

Ductless mini splits are energy efficient and budget-friendly

Wisconsin homeowners face unique challenges when it comes to navigating the extremes of summer and winter. Your heater or air conditioner are probably running most days of the year. This can put a strain on your heating or cooling system and your wallet!

A ductless mini split system is a budget-friendly and eco-conscious option for homeowners who want to cut back on their energy bill by only heating or cooling specific zones in the home. Mini split air conditioners only use the amount of energy necessary to cool a specific area or room.

Because mini splits don’t require ductwork they lessen the costs associated with advanced installation/construction, and eliminate the loss of cold air through leaking ducts, which can sometimes be a problem with central HVAC systems.

About central air conditioning systems

The first air conditioner was built in 1902 and was actually meant to reduce humidity in a printing plant, not to improve human comfort! Central air conditioning didn’t become a feature of many homes until much later. Nearly 90% of new homes are built with central air conditioning. Central AC can be added to older homes, or homes with a different method of air conditioning, though it can be costly to install new ductwork to support a central AC system.

Despite the higher cost of a central AC system, many homeowners prefer central air to mini split or window units because of the appeal central AC has to homebuyers. Investing in a central air conditioner can make your home more competitive on the resale market, and may increase the value of your home.

Jackson Hardware Heating and A/C is an authorized Lennox dealer, which gives us access to industry-best prices and resources. Lennox central air conditioners are built to last 10 to 12 years, are backed by incredible warranties, and can give you access to utility rebates and credits. Click here to calculate your energy savings by switching to a cooling system by Lennox.

How central AC works

Central air conditioning units utilize a forced-air system to move cooled air through ducts and vents in your home. In fact, central AC uses the same ductwork and delivery system of a furnace to move cooled air throughout the home (making central AC a smart and affordable choice for homeowners with an existing furnace). In a central AC system, the air conditioner compressor and condenser are located in an outdoor unit which pulls hot air from the home, cycles refrigerant to remove the heat, then forces cool air back to your home.

Benefits of central air conditioning

There are several reasons homeowners may opt for a central AC over a ductless mini split, including the convenience of managing the temperature in your entire home from a single control panel. Central ACs are also the most cost effective way to cool every room in your home, whereas mini splits are meant to cool specific rooms only.

These units also help circulate clean, fresh air throughout the home, which can help prevent mold and dampness that may occur in rooms with stagnant or uncontrolled air and temperatures. Central ACs can even provide cleaner air in your home.

We offer many HVAC indoor air quality solutions including the best air purification system available, Lennox PureAir.

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If you're still evaluating ductless mini splits vs. central air conditioners, contact our expert service technicians and we will help you make the right decision. We are ready to help you feel comfortable in your home this summer!

With 24/7 service and transparent pricing, you can feel confident in your new AC purchase backed by our no-gimmick 2 year labor warranty on installation.

We’ve been proudly serving all of Washington and Ozaukee County since 1919. Our quality and excellent service stand the test of time! Contact us online or give us a call at 262-677-3477 for your friendly and free quote on the comparison of ductless mini splits vs central air conditioners.

1 Response

  1. You’re right; evaporative coolers can be used to lower air temperature. However, the term ‘air conditioner’, by definition, should provide cooling output, measured in BTUs. Zero Breeze, for example, has a rated 2,300 BTU of cooling output. Evaporative coolers, on the other hand, have 0 BTU of rated cooling output. As such there cannot be categorized as ventless air conditioners per se, but you’re right, they do provide a cool breeze based on the water evaporation principle. Great article on Ventless Air Conditioner! This article is very helpful for me. Thanks for sharing such a kind of informative article.

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