Shopping for a new heating and cooling system can be tough. Along with the various models and sizes, there are also central and ductless HVAC systems. So which one is right for your home? Andersen Heating & Cooling has the answers.
Ductless HVAC vs. central heating & cooling
The traditional HVAC system uses an air conditioner for cooling, a furnace for heating, and ductwork to transport the treated air. This is also known as central HVAC. Some central HVAC systems use heat pumps for both heating & cooling, however, they still feature ductwork. Ductless HVAC systems use small heat pumps that can be installed virtually anywhere inside and, most importantly, don’t require any ductwork.
Ductless HVAC benefits
The lack of ductwork makes the ductless heat pump, or mini-split, a highly versatile HVAC option. If you own an older or historic home, retrofitting ductwork into the framework of the house can be extremely expensive and time consuming. Mini-splits require minimal installation and can be placed practically anywhere in the home. This allows you to create zones so each area is independently controlled. Also, duct collect dust that lowers efficiency and contributes to allergies.
Is central heating better in Charlotte?
Heat pumps are known to be highly energy efficient, and this holds true with ductless models. So, why would anyone want to stick with a central heating & cooling system? Well, it’s partially a matter of personal preference, but it all comes down to where we live. As Charlotte natives, we know that the weather from year to year can be unpredictable. While the summer usually features a few scorchers, the winters are anyone’s guess. Just recently, we went from a January with record lows to February with some days reaching 80 degrees! With that in mind, it’s worth mentioning that central HVAC systems are highly reliable. No matter how cold it gets, a gas-fueled furnace will provide reliable heat for the whole home. On the other hand, mini-splits are great for mild to moderate winters, but during extreme cold spells, the heat pump will rely on costly supplemental heat. In addition, there is an aesthetic factor to consider. Unlike central HVAC, mini-splits feature small wall-mounted units inside the home. Therefore, they’re not quite as out of sight, out of mind as their traditional counterparts.
Want to learn more about which HVAC option is right for you? Call Andersen Heating and Cooling today!