Are you considering a residential air conditioning upgrade in your Fort Worth, Texas, home? You may be wondering whether to install central AC or go with a ductless mini-split air conditioning system. Here are four things to consider before you make a decision:
How Important Is Energy Efficiency?
A ductless air conditioner will almost always trump a central system in terms of energy efficiency. Ductless air conditioners come with SEER as high as 27. The best central air conditioners have SEERs of only 21. Of course, air conditioner maintenance plays a huge role in energy efficiency. A poorly-maintained ductless system can cost more to operate than a well-maintained central air conditioner, so upkeep is an important aspect to keep in mind.
Do You Want Home Zoning?
The potential energy savings with zoned HVAC is high. Ductless indoor air conditioners each control a different room. Because each unit has its own remote control thermostat, you can cool only the rooms you’re using. With central air conditioners, you have to cool the whole house unless you install a damper zoning system in your ductwork.
How Large Is Your House?
Ductless AC will only keep you cool indoors if your home is 2,000 square feet or less. If your home is 2,500 square feet or more, central air conditioning has the power to keep it cool, and it will do so more efficiently than a mini-split system.
Does Your Home Have Preexisting Ductwork?
Central air conditioners need ductwork to distribute the cooled air they generate. If your home doesn’t have ducts, you’ll have to install them along with your central air conditioner. This can be expensive, messy, and time-consuming. Mini-split indoor air conditioners don’t require ductwork. They are installed in a few hours and require only small openings in the wall.
To learn more about residential air conditioning options, including central AC and ductless indoor air conditioning units, visit North Tarrant Heat & Air or give us a call. We’d be happy to guide you in the best direction for your home.