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Central Air or Ductless? Deciding What’s Best for Your New Home

woman thinking about central air or ductless for her home

While you’re renovating your home or constructing a new one, you may be thinking more about flooring types and ceiling heights than you are about your HVAC system. However, this is the perfect time to assess what kind of cooling and heating you’d like to have in your home. Learn more about ductless mini-split systems and central HVAC systems so you can choose the right option for your new home.

Installing New or Retrofitting

If you’re building a new home, you have the option of choosing whether you want to install a ductless mini-split system or the network of ductwork necessary for central heating and cooling. When renovating, however, it’s best to go with what’s already available in your home. If you’ve already got ductwork, have it inspected and replaced, and get a new energy-efficient HVAC system. If you don’t have ductwork and were relying on window AC units instead, a mini-split system will be cheaper than having ducts installed.

Climate Considerations

Ductless mini-split systems are not ideal for all climates. In places with harsh winters, mini-split systems may not be able to heat well enough on their own if the temperature goes below 40, making a furnace necessary. In Savannah, however, you rarely have to worry about freezing winter temperatures. The beauty of a ductless system is that the system heats and cools. You won’t need a separate furnace and air conditioner.

Zoned or Whole-House Cooling

Central HVAC controls the temperature in your entire house at once. If you want your house to remain a uniform temperature, central air is the right choice. However, heating or cooling an entire house—especially in the sticky Savannah summer—can run up your energy bills. If you’d prefer to control each room separately and save energy, ductless mini-splits allow you to do that because they operate in temperature zones, rather than as a whole unit.

The best way to decide what kind of HVAC system you want is to talk with a professional. Call McDevitt Air today at (877) 692-9402.

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