The Difference between Central AC and Split Wall AC

For property owners building a new home, or those about to upgrade their air condition units, it will be wise to consider different types of air conditioning systems. Both Central Air Conditioner and Split Wall Air Conditioning have benefits and drawbacks, and it is up to the owner to determine which system will work best for his home. It is, however, an excellent decision to bring in the expertise of a licensed HVAC Contractor who can help evaluate the house’s air conditioning requirements, vis-à-vis the technology that will work best for the property.

The drawbacks and advantages of using mini-split type air conditioners can be summed up to its cooling power and energy efficiency.

Central Air Conditioner

Central Air Conditioners could be the most convenient way to cool the whole house. It can uniformly ensure the climate comfort inside the home through the ductwork where the central system delivers cold air. Newer models allow zoning for energy efficiency. However, not all homes have the support structure needed for central air conditioning. For instance, ductwork may not be available in older homes. A reliable contractor can do something about this by mounting ductwork that could help the house befit from central air conditioning.

Advantages of Central Air Conditioning

Central Air Conditioners are efficient when it comes to large homes because the manufacturers have designed the system to efficiently cool all areas of the house regardless of its size. And while the cost of the unit and installation can be sizeable, the initial financial outlay for this system can be comparable as well with installing several walls mounted units, each requiring an installation cost.

Drawbacks of Central Air Conditioning

Unlike split systems, older central air conditioning system does not allow zoning or controlling the temperature level on a per room basis. The inability to control the temperature per room may mean discomfort for some who may wish to have it cooler or warmer. Being unable to control the temperature in other unused rooms can also mean energy wastage and higher carbon footprint.

Split Air Conditioning System

Split air conditioning systems can be the best option for rooms that are outside the main house. An excellent example of such places is the garage or working area, as well as a guest home or a workshop. Wall-mounted air conditioning is best for this type of room since it can be turned off when nobody is in the area.

A Split Air Conditioner also does not need ductwork for it to work. All it requires is a small hole in the wall where the piping can fit through. It is considered to have lower outlay and installation cost when compared to central air conditioners.

The drawback of a split air conditioning system is it does not cool the whole house as cool and as efficiently as a central air conditioner. The split system also has a harder time cooling an entire room during the summer months because its cooling capacity is lower than that of central air conditioners.

Here’s a video on tips on cooling the home during the summer months.