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When Is a Ductless Mini-Split the Wrong Choice for AC Replacement?

One of the most unique cooling (and heating!) systems on the market is the ductless mini-split. As the name implies, ductless mini-splits don’t need any ducts to cool down the home. They work just as well as conventional split-system air conditioners, and most models are heat pumps, which means they double as efficient heating systems as well. Besides, if you have multiple units throughout a home, you can control any zone individually of the others, so you can adjust the temperature in a single area without affecting the comfort of those around the house. Despite all of these features, ductless installation isn’t always the right choice. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when making the decision.

Do You Have a Working Set of Ducts in the Home?

If you already have a complete, functional set of ducts in the house, ductless installation is not ideal. Putting in a ductless system means putting in an outdoor and indoor system, and your home is already set up for traditional air conditioning installation, which may be a more cost-effective arrangement. However, it is important to note that ducts frequently contain minor leaks that can add up to one big energy drain, so you might benefit from a duct inspection before your new air conditioning system is installed.

Are You Planning on Extending the Ducts to Your New Room Addition?

If there is only one room in the house without any ducts, such as a new room addition or an outdoor workshop, you can install a ductless mini-split for use in a single zone. However, ductless mini-splits are investments, so if you have plans to install ducts in the near future, a ductless unit is not the best choice for a temporary solution. Keep in mind, though, that choosing a ductless mini-split as a permanent cooling fixture in this room will be less of a hassle (since installers only drill one hole through the wall), and could potentially save you some money over time.

No Ducts? Ductless Installation is the Way to Go!

If you don’t have any ducts at all and you don’t plan on adding any ducts anytime soon, ductless mini-split installation is likely ideal. Ductless mini-splits are highly efficient, and you certainly won’t miss out on any of the cooling performance you’ve come to expect from a central air conditioner.

Call on the help of the friendly technicians at AAction Air for any and all of your AC needs, from central air conditioner installation, to ductless mini-split installation, to duct replacement. Financing is available!

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