Renovating a home is a fun adventure, especially if it’s your own, and you’re going to have a lot of decisions to make about the new designs. One choice you have that you might not realize is whether to have ductless or ducted air conditioning. Your contractors might want you to make the decision quickly, so you need to know the basics of ductless vs. ducted systems.
Ducted Air Conditioning Systems
Ducted air conditioning systems work by pushing air through a sheet metal duct system that circulates the air through the walls and ceilings of your home. Ducts are used in HVAC systems to heat and cool and deliver the air through vents to each room.
Ductless Air Conditioning Systems
Ductless air conditioning systems, also known as mini-splits, use blowers installed throughout your home to push cool air. The central air handler pushes refrigerant to mini handlers or blowers to cool the rooms directly.
Which is Better?
Whether your home uses ducted or ductless air conditioning will depend on several factors, including if your home already has ducts installed. Hooking up a new HVAC unit to a ducted system is very easy when the ventilation system is already in place. Ducts are also preferred for humidity control, so if you live in a humid climate such as on the coast or southern regions of the United States, ducts are a great option. Ducted systems also provide optimal airflow between rooms and are more aesthetically pleasing as there are no units installed directly in the walls of rooms.
Ductless systems are great for homes where there is no space to install ducts such as apartments or rooms with high ceilings. Ductless air conditioning is also perfect when you are cooling a garage or other existing space.
A ductless system is also an excellent choice for people who suffer from allergies or asthma because forced air is not traveling through ducts in the home that can collect dust. You also have control over each individual room’s temperature with a ductless system, which is perfect when you have family members who are always too hot or too cold, but never at the same time. The master bedroom, living room, and kid’s bedrooms can all be different temperatures.