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Is Central Air or a Ductless Mini-split Better?

A Guide to Picking the Ideal Cooling System for Your Home

At Roach Energy, we’re serious about keeping households comfortable in eastern West Virginia and western Maryland. But just as no two families are the same, there’s no one-size-fits-all HVAC solution for cooling.

If you’re ready to make the leap from cumbersome, ineffective window air conditioners to a more efficient, long-lasting A/C option, we can help you find the perfect equipment for your home and budget. Depending on several factors, a central A/C or a ductless mini-split system might be the best fit.

Which homes are best for central air?

Central air conditioning requires ductwork. If you currently heat your home with a forced-air system, you probably have the necessary setup to get central A/C installed. Even so, installing central A/C takes several days — longer if you need ducts added.

Generally, central A/C setups require less up-front cost than mini-splits, and they can be controlled conveniently by a single thermostat.

When is a ductless mini-split the right option?

If your home is heated with a boiler —via radiators or baseboards — it likely doesn’t have the ductwork that a central air system needs. Some homeowners in this situation think they’re stuck with window units. But a ductless mini-split A/C is an ideal solution for these homes.

Mini-splits consist of a condenser unit that sits outside your home and a wall-mounted cooling head inside. A thin pipe connects these components. You can attach multiple heads to one condenser.

Mini-splits have some significant advantages over a central A/C option:

If you have central A/C, but the cool air doesn’t reach certain parts of your home, a ductless unit can effectively cool those hots spots.

Would you like help from the pros at Roach Energy to find the right A/C for your home? Drop us a line today!