If you're tired of depending on window air conditioners to keep you cool in the summer, it's time to look at a central air system. The two main choices are a system that forces air through ducts and a ductless system. Here are a few things to consider when trying to decide which one is best for you.
Presence Of Existing Ducts
If your home already has ducts in place from an old air conditioning unit or for your heating system, then it makes sense to connect an air conditioner to them. This sort of set up places the condenser outside and runs a line to the furnace or air conditioner blower inside. The air is chilled and then blown through the ducts already in place.
However, you can't assume the ducts you
Zone Control Ability
Instead of the entire house being controlled by one temperature thermostat, you'll have the ability to control the temperature in each room that has an indoor blower. This is beneficial when you have extra bedrooms that aren't used in your home. You'll save on energy costs by only cooling down the rooms that you use.
Appearance And Cost
One of the big advantages of a system that uses ducts is that it is hidden out of sight. The only things you see are the register vents and thermostat. On the other hand, a ductless system is visible. Each room in your home will have an indoor unit attached to the ceiling or upper wall. They are small, but still noticeable. If one of the reasons you want to get rid of your window units is because of appearance, you may not be happy with a ductless system. If appearance is not as important as having a cool and comfortable climate in your home, then a ductless system might work well for you.