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Ductless vs. Central Air Conditioning: Which One is Right for Me?

If you’re building a home, adding additional space to it, or simply replacing your AC system, you might be wondering about your air conditioning options. Central air conditioning isn’t the only way to cool your home now that ductless air conditioning is easily attainable, so here are the pros and cons of both central and ductless systems.

Ductless Air Conditioning


Ductless heating and cooling has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its small size, flexibility and easy installation. These energy-efficient systems don’t require any ductwork, and their installation is less invasive than central AC because they only require a small hole drilled in the exterior wall. 

They’re usually placed high on the wall, and their sleek aesthetic is a plus for many homeowners. Ductless systems can be controlled by room as well, making it easy to personalize temperature and end the thermostat wars.


The main disadvantage of getting a ductless AC is the cost. Sizing the system can also be difficult, and the aesthetic appearance that so many love is also a dealbreaker for some.

Ductless air conditioning is the perfect choice for cooling small apartments, room additions and garages. Old homes that aren’t able to accommodate ductwork are also great candidates for ductless AC, as larger systems can cool multiple rooms.

Central Air Conditioning


Central air conditioning improves the value of a home and is easy to install if there’s already ductwork in the home. Because it’s virtually invisible, central AC isn’t an aesthetic choice for homeowners. Central air conditioning has a wider variety of energy-efficient choices than ductless AC.


With a bigger, more complicated system comes annual maintenance for the unit, and the air ducts also must be cleaned and maintained. The cost of installation is pretty high as well. Additionally, one unit controls the whole house, so thermostat wars are inevitable in households where people prefer different temperatures.

If your home has existing ductwork or can easily accommodate it, central air conditioning is the best option. A well-maintained, properly sized HVAC system will cool an entire house with ease.

The choice between central and ductless AC depends on each specific situation, and neither one is definitively superior to the other. If you’re looking for either central or ductless AC installation in Fresno, contact Lee’s Air and Plumbing to schedule service.

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