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Air Conditioning Systems: Ducted vs. Ductless

Ductless versus ducted is among the most fundamental differences in AC design. Often referred to as central air, a ducted system moves cooled air through ducts where it eventually enters rooms through registers. Often referred to as a mini-split, a ductless system sends cooled air directly to one or more blowers that are installed strategically throughout your home.

The Advantages of Ducted AC

At Cooper Heating & Cooling in Denver, we offer a full range of AC services and tend to recommend ducted due to the advantages this approach provides. They tend to require less maintenance. A ducted approach is better at controlling humidity. It also delivers better airflow and is better able to avoid uneven distribution of conditioned air. You can also argue that ducted is more aesthetically pleasing for a home since the equipment tends to be out of sight.

The Advantages of Ductless AC

Ductless can be less expensive upfront if ducts are not already installed, and it can be the only option in homes where ductwork is not practical. Dust is generally not a concern, and uncleaned ductwork can create a dust problem in a home. These systems can also be more energy efficient.

Do You Already Have Ductwork?

If you already have ductwork installed in a home, it is rarely a better choice financially to switch to ductless. This is true even if your ducts require maintenance prior to installation. Also, differences in efficiency and dust can be made nominal with regular maintenance of your system.

Is There an Ideal Scenario for Ductless?

In some older homes, attic-based or wall-based ducts may not be practical. Another ideal scenario is a home addition. If you add on to a home but have a relatively new AC, then it can be more effective to cool that specific area with a mini-split rather than extending the current system.

The Expert Advice You Need

If you need an AC installation and are considering ducted versus ductless, we can help. Contact Cooper Heating & Cooling today to learn more about the installation options we offer and to schedule an in-home assessment. We provide heating/​cooling services for residents in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins.

Luke Cooper