What Is the Difference Between Central AC And Ductless AC?

There are so many different kinds of AC units that it may be overwhelming. Despite all the options, there is a perfect AC unit out there for every household. The trick is to speak to the right HVAC company. A qualified HVAC technician can explain the benefits of each air conditioning unit to help you find one for you.

If you’re tied between a central AC unit or a new ductless unit, read on for more information.

What Is a Ductless System?

A ductless system is also known as a mini-split Air conditioning system. It is similar to central AC units in that they both have an outdoor compressor unit and an indoor evaporator unit. Both rely on refrigerant to carry the heat from your home and release it outside. A central AC unit is different in that it needs ductwork running through your home.

Things To Consider Before Deciding on an Air Conditioning Unit 


Most homes come with built-in ductwork, which means the central AC is easy to install. However, if you live in an older home, you may not have ductwork already installed. If this is the case, a mini-split AC system may be more cost-effective and convenient. You only need a small hole in the wall to run the cable through.


One benefit of a central AC unit is that it is hidden away. However, a mini-split system is visible. Well, the AC boxes aren’t horrible to look at, but this may put a spanner in the works for your interior décor.

The Size of Your Home 

If you have a large home, a ductless AC system may not be big enough to cool your entire house. If your house is bigger than 2500 square feet, it is safer to choose a central AC unit. However, if you live in an apartment or a smaller home, a ductless AC unit will work perfectly.


Ductless AC units may be cheaper to install. However, the price goes up with each unit that you install. In general, central AC units are more expensive, but ductless AC units can also be expensive depending on what model you get. If you’re interested in the higher energy-efficiency models, be prepared to pay more.

Energy Efficiency

Without a doubt, ductless AC units are more energy-efficient than central AC units. So, if you are an eco-friendly household and like to keep your carbon footprint low, a ductless AC unit is the better option. 


The benefit of a ductless AC system is that each room can have its own unit. This means that you do not need to fight with your family to control the temperature in your home. Although zone control is available for central AC units, it’s more affordable if you have a ductless AC unit.

Heating and Cooling

Ductless AC units also have a heating option this is called a heat pump. A heat pump can work in reverse by transferring heat from the outdoor air into your home. 

We hope that you have the answer you’re looking for and if not, be sure to speak to one of our HVAC technicians. They will be able to help you make an informed decision about which AC unit is better for you and your family.

For more information on AC Installations and Ductless Installations, contact Airsheen Services, LLC at (512) 577-4776.