Ductless Mini Split vs Central Air Conditioning Systems

If you’re considering an AC system upgrade, you can choose between central air and ductless mini-split systems. But what’s the difference between these two home cooling systems? We’ve put together this list of comparisons so that you can learn more about each system and make the best decision for cooling your home.


Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioning Systems Central Air Conditioning Systems
• Do not require ductwork or attic evaporator units. Thin copper tubing pumps refrigerant from the compressor and condenser outside, directly into wall-mounted blowers inside your home. Unlike central AC, it also functions as a heat pump during colder months to heat your home. • Generates cool air using a central unit outside, and attic-based, processor and condenser systems. Cool air is circulated throughout your home through a series of fans and ductwork. When the air gets warmer, this process is repeated to keep your entire home at a pre-set temperature which you control.
• Quieter and smaller than other AC systems. • Air cooling cycle can generate more noise, particularly the older the system is. System compressor and condenser components are bulky both outside and inside your home.
• Feature some of the highest energy efficiency ratings of any AC system. • The latest systems are manufactured to provide the best energy-efficiency benefits.
• Individual room or zone control for heating and cooling specific rooms in the house without wasting energy cooling other, non-lived in, areas of the home. • Ductwork throughout the home provides a constant, cool temperature in every room and keeps recirculating it.
• Easier to install without the need for ductwork but you may struggle to find a qualified technician or service to properly size, fit and install the system correctly. • More home cooling system providers are experienced at installing central AC systems, but they still must be properly fitted, sized and installed by licensed professionals.
• While smaller, compact and easier to install, they can affect the aesthetic or design of rooms with its wall or ceiling mounting. • Ductwork is mostly invisible throughout the home – you only need to worry about vents and not any wall-mounted components that affect room design.

Want to learn more about ductless mini-split and central air conditioning systems? The Hoffman Energy team are just a phone call away. Our AC technicians will help you make the right choice for a cooling system for your home and handle all your installation needs. Call us today for more information!