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Depending on the layout of your Tampa Bay home, your air conditioner might function inefficiently; therefore, it’s important to explore the options between traditional and ductless A/C. Each one has distinct advantages and disadvantages. If you’re planning on replacing or updating your air conditioning, check out the perks of each system.

Upfront Costs

As air conditioning units are purchased based on the size of your home, traditional A/C units cost anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000. For a ductless system, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the cost of a setup of the same size costs about 30 percent more. At first glance, this is a no-brainer. However, there are several other considerations. If your home already has ductwork from previous systems, the traditional system is the way to go, but if there is no ductwork, a ductless system could save you money in the long run. In addition, if the current ductwork is faulty in your home, getting a duct cleaning and sealing is also worth the money.

Energy Costs

The main advantage of ductless A/C is the reduced cost for cooling throughout the life of the system. The ductless system has the ability to cool in each room, or zone, of the house. This allows you to turn off the ductless units in rooms you aren’t using. Traditional A/C, on the other hand, doesn’t have zonal cooling. Instead, it cools the house regardless of whether any of the rooms are occupied. Because of this, ductless saves you a ton of money, as it uses only the minimum amount of energy necessary to cool the home or the zoned rooms.

Maintenance & Installation

If you don’t have ductwork in your Tampa Bay home, it’s a lengthy, complicated, expensive problem to install it. This process can be very expensive. Plus, because traditional A/C cools until the house reaches the correct temperature, it requires more maintenance. Ductless requires far less maintenance than traditional in this manner.

To make the correct decision, it boils down to whether you have ductwork in your house, and how much you’re willing to spend. If you need some direction or have decided and need installation, give our professionals at Senica Air Conditioning, Inc. a call at 866-881-5935.

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