Whether you’re building a new home, renovating an older home, or simply upgrading your HVAC, choosing between ducted and ductless air conditioners can be a complex process. As you know, many homes in Hawaii were built without central air.
If you’re looking to install a new air conditioning system, work with a trusted HVAC contractor to install the best system for your needs.
Before you decide between ducted and ductless units, consider several things. You’ll want to take account of the following factors:
- The size of your entire home (or the space you wish to cool)
- Your regional climate (including temperature and humidity)
- Your budget
Ductless air conditioners in Hawaii have become increasingly popular for versatility and lower associated costs. Some of the best ductless air conditioners are just a fraction of the cost of conventional HVAC systems. However, they can face limitations in larger spaces, which may necessitate ductwork installation for your HVAC system. Read on to find out what’s best for you.
Central Air Conditioner Vs. Mini-Split Units
When looking at various types of air conditioners, ducted HVAC systems are the best option for large spaces. A ducted system concentrates the cooled air in the air ducts instead of relying on bigger vents throughout the whole house to disperse air. Ducted systems also increase energy efficiency and maintain ambient temperatures more steadily than ductless air conditioning systems. Larger spaces typically need to rely on ducted air conditioning because cooling open spaces like warehouses, garages, or larger homes can be too great for the capacity of ductless systems.
More compact spaces can utilize a ductless air conditioner. The benefits of ductless ACs is that their installation process is simpler. For instance, there’s no need for air ducts, vents, or other HVAC construction projects when installing a ductless AC. Ductless AC’s also feature sleek designs, which allow them to blend seamlessly into any space. Another benefit of ductless systems is that they don’t require exhaust vents or air intakes. Therefore, ductless units are ideal for basements, attics, garages, and even enclosed porches or workshops.
A ductless mini-split system can also offer the perfect solution for additions to your home that aren’t tied into your existing ductwork. Also, ductless units are ideal for remote locations where cooling isn’t needed as frequently as a primary home.
Further Cooling System Considerations
Air Conditioning Technology
Over the last decade, ductless mini-split systems have made numerous technological advancements. Ductless AC’s have a longer lifespan than conventional units. The technology hasn’t changed much with ducted systems, making repair and maintenance more manageable and less costly.
AC Unit Design
Some homeowners like the industrial style associated with ducted air conditioners. However, other homeowners may seek the sleek modern appearance of a mini-split. Aesthetically speaking, the lack of vents related to ductless systems can help maintain a comprehensive style throughout the entire home.
Space Requirements and Limitations
While considering your location and the size of your space, you should work with a professional HVAC specialist to decide which air conditioning unit makes the most sense for your project. If installing an extensive ductwork system will significantly alter the function of your home, it may make more sense to opt for a ductless system. However, if you’re looking to cool an ample, open space, your best option may be to install a ducted system. Both solutions work well, but the decision will remain informed by your unique area and requirements.
Call the Temperature Control Specialists
Being comfortable in your island home should be as simple as setting the thermostat where you want it and letting your AC system do the rest. Island Comfort has been providing excellent HVAC services to Oahu and Kauai, and our dedicated team of local professionals understands the unique demands on AC systems in these humid conditions.
Find out today how we can help you identify which air conditioning solution will provide you comfort year-round while reducing energy costs and saving you money.