Central vs Mini-Split Air Conditioning Systems

Air conditioning is the process of altering the properties of air (primarily temperature and humidity) to more favorable conditions. More generally, air conditioning can refer to any form of technological cooling, heating, ventilation, or disinfection that modifies the condition of air.

Air conditioning systems have been around for decades and they continue to improve. Air conditioners have always been notorious for using large amounts of electricity, but efficiencies have improved considerably in the past few years.

In this particular blog post we are going to cover the difference between split systems, understanding that, budget, environment,  and needs determine which type of system to install.

Split-system air conditioners come in two forms: central and mini-split. In both types, the inside-environment (evaporative) heat exchanger and fan is separated by some distance from the outside-environment (condenser) heat exchanger and fan.

In central air conditioning, the inside heat-exchanger is typically placed inside the central furnace/AC unit of forced air heating system which is then used in the summer to distribute chilled air throughout a residence or commercial building. These are usually large and placed in a basement or attic.

A mini-split system or ductless system (Learn more about Mitsubishi Ductless Systems) typically supplies chilled air to only a single space, and thus are sometimes referred to as split-system single-zone air conditioners. Most mini-split systems are flexible and can have multiple heads attached to the condenser allowing you to cool more than on space.

Mini-splits allow design and installation flexibility in that the inside wall space required is reduced and the compressor and heat exchanger can be located further away from the inside space, rather than merely on the other side of the same unit as in a PTAC or window air conditioner.

Central air systems are more difficult and expensive to install in existing homes so we usually recommend the mini-splits systems for home owners in Maine. They are efficient, quiet, easy to install, you are able to cool only the space you are in at the moment and also can be a heat source.

Mitsubishi Mini-Split Ductless Systems are:

  • More energy efficient than traditional HVAC Systems
  • Use only the exact amount of energy needed to maintain comfort
  • Are up to 40% more efficient than window units

Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating systems are dramatically more efficient than traditional HVAC Central Air systems. Utilizing INVERTER-driven compressors, the systems automatically adjust to changing conditions to deliver ideal comfort while only using the energy that is needed. No more. No less.

As a result, systems are up to 40% more efficient than standard window units for cooling and our heating performance is far superior to traditional heat pumps. All this technological innovation means you reduce your energy consumption and can save money on your energy costs while enjoying the comfort of your home.

Why pay to cool/heat your home all year long when you only live in a few rooms at a time? With Mitsubishi Electric, you can actively condition the rooms you live in; the other rooms simply turn off or setback. Zoning your home to how you live using Mitsubishi Electric allows you to save energy while maximizing your personal comfort.

Call our email our office today to speak to a System Engineer to find out which system is best for your needs.

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