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Central vs. Ductless Air Conditioning

Which Air Conditioning System Is Best?

Central vs Ductless

Are you running an outdated air conditioner? Whether you’re looking to increase your home comfort, put your tax return to work, or simply replace an unreliable air conditioner, Patriot Heating & Cooling has you covered! Homeowners who use A/C with R-22 refrigerant should be especially aware that the substance will become unavailable in the United States after 2019. Upgrading your A/C to a new, high-efficiency unit will help speed along the transition and keep you safe in the long run.

Now, let’s take a look at the real difference between central and ductless air conditioning systems.

A Basic Rundown on Air Conditioner Types

Air conditioners in Southern New Hampshire are a must for summer home comfort. Homeowners have long debated which type of air conditioner (central or ductless) is the better one. When it comes down to it, you’re getting a great deal and superior home comfort with either type of air conditioner. With that in mind, we can determine which model will be more compatible with your home and budget.

The Major Differences between Central & Ductless A/C

Although they have a lot of similarities in terms of home comfort, here’s a quick breakdown of the major separating points between central and ductless A/C units.


Central Air Conditioning

  • Whole-Home Cooling
  • Even Airflow Distribution
  • Requires Ductwork

Ductless Air Conditioning

  • Zoned or Whole-Home Cooling
  • Supplementary Heat Function
  • No Ductwork Required


Let’s Get Technical: Air Conditioner Anatomy

Get out your notebook for a brief anatomy lesson! Both central and ductless air conditioners consist of two parts: a condenser to pull warm air from outside your home, and an evaporator (air handler) that blows cool air inside your home. But here’s the difference…


Central A/C

Only one evaporator is needed: cool air is circulated through your ductwork and is released into every room of your home.

Ductless A/C

You may have one or many evaporators that connect to your outdoor condenser. Each evaporator only cools the room it lives in.


The Best Cooling System for Your New Hampshire Home

Take comfort in the fact that you really can’t make a bad choice. Both central and ductless air conditioners will get the job done at a reasonable price point; however, we can help you make the best choice for your home with a personalized consultation. Our highly qualified service technicians will take into account your cooling budget, the size of your home, and your personal preferences.

Contact us here or call us at (603) 587-0487 for a consult and a free quote on a new A/C installation! We can’t wait to continue bringing total home comfort to your Southern New Hampshire home.