Ductless Mini Splits vs. Central Air

Ductless mini split

Having Total Control Of Indoor Temperature

Fall is creeping up, and as the leaves change and the cool breeze rolls through, you may be thinking about installing a new heating system for your home or being proactive and wanting to beat the heat next year with a cooling system. Controlling your indoor temperature is crucial for comfort, and you may be wondering whether central air or a ductless mini split is right for you. From cost to aesthetic appeal, we’ll break down which options might suit your lifestyle the best.

Price of Installation & Cost of Use

Central air is sometimes cheaper to install if homeowners already have air ducts to utilize. While it is true that ductless mini splits tend to be more expensive initially, they do save more money in the long run due to being far more energy-efficient. The question becomes whether you want to have a cheaper upfront cost with central air but pay more in your energy bills, or have an initially higher price with a ductless mini split, but average down your cost by saving more on your bills.


Depending on your home, if you have air ducts, central air will be pretty easy to install by a professional. However, if your home lacks proper ducts, you can still install central air, but it can become quite a hassle that will require extra steps that will eat away at your budget and time.

The benefit of ductless mini splits is that they can be installed in homes with or without air ducts. A ductless mini split only needs to have an outside space to house the compressor, and refrigerant lines connected to the compressor will run to the wall units across your home. Installing a ductless mini split can be pretty quick with one of our professionals, and you can receive an estimate if you are ever curious about installing one.

Aesthetic Value

What looks suitable for your home is entirely subjective, and how an HVAC system takes up space can make or break the choice for some homeowners. With central air installation, you are only using the ducts that already exist in your home. Central air systems will be out of sight for the most part, except, of course, for the vents across your home.

With a ductless mini split, you will need space outside your home to house the compressor and the various mounted units across your home. While you can choose ceiling, floor, or wall-mounted units, there is no getting around that these units will be visible. Some mini split unit designs are far more compact than others, but the visual appeal is entirely dependent on the homeowner.

Temperature Control

Thanks to the air ducts, central air can reach large portions of your home and make heating or cooling your home simple. However, central air does not offer much flexibility in terms of temperature control. Your only options with central air are either on or off; there is no option to heat some rooms while cooling down others.

With a ductless mini split, you have far more control and flexibility in choosing how to control the temperature in your home. With numerous mounted units across your home, you can choose to cool down one room and heat another without worrying about uneven temperatures.


There is no way around it; you will need to invest time and money into your HVAC system upkeep, whether you choose central air or a ductless mini split. For central air, you need to regularly clean your ducts and occasionally check if you need repairs. With a ductless mini split, you do need to clean your condenser coils and replace or clean your air filters. Regular maintenance is vital to get the most out of your HVAC systems, and the best way to know what to fix is to have regular inspections from a professional.

To learn more about which HVAC solution is best for you, we at Integrity Comfort Systems are more than happy to help! You can schedule an appointment with our professionals or receive an estimate by giving us a call at (805) 301-9580

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