Central air vs. ductless heat pumps is a widespread discussion around the dinner table. Since the last time you upgraded your cooling system, technological advancements have likely led to significant changes in the available selection. Ductless heat pumps and central air are two of the available options today. Depending on your family’s unique requirements, you can enjoy the cooling you need in two different ways.
Method of Operation
While it only offers cooling, central air is the most commonly used form of cooling in Greater Toronto Area homes. Using extensive ductwork and an outdoor air conditioning unit, it circulates cool air throughout your home.
An external heat pump linked to a wall-mounted air handler inside the house provides heating and cooling throughout the year in mini-split heat pumps, also referred to as ductless heat pumps. If your home does not have ducts, ductless heat pumps are a great option.
Zoned Comfort Vs. Centralized Cooling
Depending on the size of your home, a conventional central air conditioner may find it harder to distribute cool air all over. Furthermore, you may end up wasting a lot of energy to cool rooms not being used, as the entire house is limited to a single temperature setting when using such systems.
In contrast, a ductless heat pump can cool one or two rooms, i.e. the immediate surrounding area. Each ductless heat pump has its control, allowing users to set different temperatures for each zone. With that in mind, you may need several heat pumps to cover a more prominent home completely. Fortunately, you can cool specific rooms with such a system. You can significantly reduce your energy bills through to customized comfort offered by ductless heat pumps.
Year-Round Vs. Summer Specific Solution
Given that central air systems can only provide cooling, you can only use them during warm weather. You will also need a separate heating system such as a boiler or furnace. However, you get both heating and cooling when using a ductless heat pump. It pays to have a system that you can effortlessly switch between heating and cooling, given the varying weather conditions experienced in Mississauga, Ontario. On top of that, you won’t need to get separate service calls for the central air and furnace; thus, saving you from incurring unnecessary maintenance costs.
Flexible Vs. Fixed Setup
Instead of bulky ductwork, ductless heat pumps distribute cool air all over your home using small flexible tubing. Central air cooling and heating systems typically use extensive ductwork to cool or heat your entire home. The ductwork installation can be a costly and intrusive process, especially if you don’t have any forced air system in place. On the other hand, installing ductless heat pumps is swift and effortless, simply because they don’t require any ductwork.
Save Money With Efficient Cooling Upgrades
Thanks to the enhanced efficiency ratings, you could end up saving anywhere between 20 and 40 percent in heating and cooling costs by having your current central air system – regardless of whether it is only a decade old – with a newer air conditioning unit. A high-efficiency ductless heat pump may be a better fit, especially if you are looking to make cost savings. We can assist you with identifying the right fit, considering your specific requirements, regardless of the system you choose.
For efficient cooling, ductless heat pumps are a great option. Contact us today to learn more about how a ductless heat pump can help you.