Key Differences Between Central AC and a Mini Split

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Key Differences Between Central AC and a Mini Split

If you’ve spent some time browsing our blog posts, you’ve likely noticed we’ve penned quite a few posts on ductless heating and cooling systems.

Mini splits, as they’re more commonly known, aren’t as popular in the US as they are in other parts of the world, but that’s not to say their benefits should be ignored.

Yet before we delve into the primary differences between central AC units and mini splits, we thought we’d start with the basics of central air.

Taking things from the top

If you already have a central AC unit, you likely have some understanding of the basic components of how it works.

  • You set the desired temperature with a thermostat
  • The system will power on and off at specific intervals in order to maintain that same temperature throughout your home
  • Operating a central AC unit during the summer months can cost one arm + one leg

Yet let’s say you own a 4,000 square foot, two-story home. Most of your living space is downstairs, in the master bedroom, the kitchen and the common areas. The upstairs isn’t typically used unless you have guests, because the three other bedrooms have been vacant since your kids left for college.

When you run your AC, you’ll be paying to cool your entire home—not just the parts you use.

How mini splits work

Using this same example, if you choose to install a mini split to replace a broken central AC unit, you’ll be able to install them in the rooms you use. This will allow you to cool or heat specific zones of your home, without needing to pay to cool or heat the rest of it.

If you have a bonus room in your back yard, you’re thinking about installing a granny flat, or you’d like to figure out a way to keep your garage from getting so hot in the summer (your HVAC, after all doesn’t have ducts that connect to the garage), a mini split could be your ideal solution.

Newer models are very energy efficient and since mini-splits come with remote controls, you can turn them off with the touch of a button. You can also change their functionality—since they can be used as an AC, a heater, a de-humidifier and even a fan.

Depending on your wants and needs, a mini split could potentially save you and your family a lot of money on your heating and cooling bills.

AC experts in Denver, CO

The AC experts at Comfort Pros Heating and Air Conditioning have nearly a decade of experience in helping Denver, Colorado homeowners with all of their heating and cooling needs.

If you think it may be time to replace your central AC unit and you’re trying to decide whether to install a new whole-home system or if a zone-based system may be better suited to meet your needs, we can help.

Call us today at 303-945-4319 to speak with a local AC expert you can trust.

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