Air Conditioning Options For Your Home: Ductless Mini-Split Vs Central Air Units

When it comes to staying cool in states such as California, choosing the best air conditioning unit for your home can quickly become a confusing experience especially since there is a large selection to choose from.

When you do research, you are most likely to come across the two most popular options which include Ductless Mini-Split & Central Air. The biggest difference between the two air conditioning systems are the look, the price, and the amount of annual maintenance. 

Depending on your specific needs and the size of your home, you can make your HVAC purchase decision a bit easier by reading this article.

Central Air Conditioning

One of the most common types of air conditioning units that are in homes are known as central air conditioning (or central A/C). The central air conditioning system works by cooling air at a central location. From there, the air is distributed to and from rooms by one or more fans and ductwork.

They are usually long lasting and virtually invisible, but they do require maintenance here and there.

Advantages of Central Air 

  • Consistent temperature everywhere in your home, all year long. 
  • Air pushed through the ducts if filtered. This means higher indoor air quality.
  • The possibility of both a heating and air conditioning combo unit. 

Disadvantages of Central Air 

  • Higher electricity bills – According to Energy.gov, โ€œIn an average air-conditioned home, air conditioning consumes more than 2,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.โ€
  • Keeping indoor air quality clean means frequent duct maintenance
  • If you donโ€™t have ductwork, you will need to have it installed. 

Ductless Mini-Split System

Another common type of air conditioning used in homes are known as ductless, mini split-system air conditioners (mini splits). These applications are great choices for smaller homes and apartments where installing ductwork is not feasible. Instead, it uses an individual fan and evaporator unit for each room it will be installed in. 

These units are a bit quieter, energy efficient, and more adaptable than traditional central air systems. 

Advantages of Ductless Mini-Split System 

  • Small size & flexible which allows homeowners to create zones of comfort within their home. 
  • Energy efficient which means far less electricity used compared to an old school window unit. 
  • Quieter which means much less ambient noise compared to central air or window units. 

Disadvantages of Ductless Mini-Split System 

  • Ductless systems are a bit costly when you analyze the BTU per hour performance compared to central air systems. 
  • There must be a place to drain the water near the outdoor unit
  • Some homeowners do not like the appearance of the Ductless system. 
  • Cooling capabilities are limited and not a good choice for larger homes. 

What Air Conditioning System Is Best For My Home? 

Based on the information above and the size of your home, you should be able to make an easy decision on whether you need central air or a ductless mini-split system. There are both advantages and disadvantages when it comes to both A/C systems. Carefully considering your circumstances will let you know which system to go with.

In simple words, a ductless mini-split system can be a great choice for homes that are smaller in size and donโ€™t have ductwork. For bigger homes that do have ductwork, central air conditioning may be the better option.

For more information on HVAC systems and what options are available to you, contact Semper Air today and one of our experienced 

How Heating and Air Conditioning Warranties Can Save You Thousands of Dollars from Future Costly Repairs

As a homeowner, your financial load increases tremendously when it comes time to run the air conditioning unit during the heat of the summer. Same goes for your furnace in the winter. 

Besides the increased energy bills you see coming in during peak heat season, many homeowners face costly repairs to their air conditioning systems due to weathering and general everyday use.

Homeowners should always consider that their heating and air conditioning equipment from Semper Air comes with a lifetime warranty.

Protecting Your Air Conditioning Equipment with Proper Coverage

Todayโ€™s energy-saving air conditioners are quite sophisticated and require expert HVAC professionals to service and maintain these AC units. Repairs from untrained, or uncertified air conditioning repair specialists will surely void a warranty costing you potentially thousands.

Budgeting for a potential breakdown with unknown costs is not a recommended way to protect your investment. You would be better off spending that money on a quality air conditioning or heating system that comes with a warranty that covers HVAC parts and labor.

Using the right HVAC company to service your air conditioning & heating system on a quarterly maintenance schedule will also help extend the life of your units.

This will also ensure your air conditioner and furnace performs at the highest level while not voiding any warranties that protect your heating and air conditioning investment.

HVAC Warranty Guide: Not All HVAC Warranties are Created Equal

HVAC Warranty Terms

When you purchase a new air conditioning system for your residential home, always consider the warranty term. The term refers to the duration of time of the AC equipment protection.

Great HVAC manufacturers stand behind their products. Because HVAC repair can be so costly, you must have a warranty with long enough terms. 

Parts Warranties for HVAC 

Depending on the type of HVAC unit you purchase for your home, always take into consideration that different parts of the heating and air conditioning system have different warranty expirations.

For example, a heat exchanger warranty might be a 20-year warranty, while other parts are covered for just 10 years.

Always be sure to clarify with your air conditioning contractor what your HVAC manufacturer product warranty covers.

Extended HVAC Warranties

Often,  heating and air conditioning manufacturers and dealers offer extended warranties. These warranties often add 5 to 10 years to cover parts and labor.

Understand the details relating to your extended warranty offer such as the availability of the extended warranty and how long you have to wait for an HVAC technician to fix your air conditioning system during peak times of the year.

Equally important is to know how long your air conditioning contractor has been in business.

Purchasing an extended warranty from an air conditioning company that goes out of business before your warranty expires happens more often than you might think.

This is especially true for smaller HVAC companies that donโ€™t have a large presence in your state.

How to not Void an HVAC Warranty

If you invest in a warranty for your HVAC equipment, which is our recommendation, avoiding these simple and often overlooked mistakes will help you from a void warranty.

First and foremost, hire a certified and licensed HVAC contractor. Air conditioning installations and repairs not performed by licensed and certified AC professionals will most likely end in a void warranty.

Ensure your heating and air conditioning company provides you with the proper paperwork of installation as proof of purchase and date of installation.

Again, using a licensed and certified HVAC expert will only use APPROVED replacement parts. This ensures your warranty is valid and continues to protect your HVAC investment.

Donโ€™t make the mistake of not performing scheduled maintenance. Please follow your air conditioning contractorโ€™s recommendations whether your situation requires a quarterly or annual maintenance plan.

Keep records, receipts, and any maintenance paperwork to ensure your warranty remains valid.

Warranties for HVAC Installation

In addition to manufacturer warranties and extended manufacturer warranties, many trusted HVAC contractors will provide an installation warranty that protects you from work performed and a proper heating and air conditioning installation.

This usually covers accidental damage and offers the homeowner additional protection.

HVAC Warranties Provide Peace of Mind

Talk to your local HVAC contractor about your options for warranties around your heating and air conditioning system.

Besides protecting homeowners from costly AC repair bills, warranties give you peace of mind knowing that if you have a breakdown, youโ€™re going to be covered.

No more surprise emergency costs when it comes to your comfort and your home investment.

If you have more questions regarding warranties, please reach out to us at Semper Air. Weโ€™d be happy to answer any questions you have.Weโ€™d also like to help you make informed decisions when it comes to purchasing a new heating and air conditioning system, or simply getting yours replaced.