Mini Split Ductless System vs Whole House Central Air

If you’re considering putting in a new air conditioning or heating system for your home, you may be wondering what the difference is between mini split ductless systems and whole house central air systems. We’ve listed all the main pros and cons here so that you can decide which system will be best for your home!
Pros Cons


Central Air System

First off, central air is great for cooling and heating the entire home. You are able to set your desired temperate without needing to change it. With the use of a smart thermostat, you can even use WIFI and can control your home’s temperature from your smart phone or tablet. Central air systems are also generally very quiet and can be used as an air purifying system as well. Central air systems will last between 15 and 20 years depending on usage.

However, central air systems are costly to operate, so be prepared for a heftier bill. You also can’t break the temperature into zones unless you install a zoning system, which would also be costly to install. That means you have no option to keep certain parts of the home cooler than others. Central air systems require you to set one temperature for the entire home. You also need to regularly maintain central air systems by doing frequent tune-ups. Central air systems are generally in the more expensive price range, costing $7,000 to $15,000 on average.

Mini Split Ductless System

Mini splits are much more budget-friendly in comparison to central air systems. They are also very cheap to operate. You can control the temperatures of separate rooms instead of having an overall temperature for the entire house. If you are a home renter, you can also take your mini split unit with you when you relocate. They are more versatile, portable, and can be very cost efficient.

However, an entire home would require several mini splits if you wanted to allow controlled temperature in each room. It also takes time to set up these systems in each room and they may not operate as seamlessly as a central air system would. Mini splits will generally last between 10-15 years.  

Now that we’ve laid out the main advantages and disadvantages of each of these systems, it’s up to you to decide which system fits your budget and preferences. Call our technicians today to get assistance choosing and installing the right system for your home!

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  1. Danica April 12, 2019 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Mini split systems are affordable and doesn’t take too much space. You’ll even save more money coz you don’t need cool the whole house. Even if the central air system are energy efficient, it still needs to cool the whole house.

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