To Duct or Not to Duct? An In-Depth Analysis of Your Air Conditioning Options

It’s getting warmer, and that means now is the perfect time to consider your air conditioning options. Whether you already have it or not, AC is vital to living comfortably this summer. Luckily for you, we at Hutchinson are here to help you break down your air conditioning options.

Ducted Air Conditioning

Ducted air conditioning is just that — an air conditioning system that utilizes ducts. In more detail, ducted air conditioning is a system that pushes cold air from a central unit, usually installed outside of your home, to every room through a series of ducts. Many American households have a split central air conditioning system, which allows the ducts to both cool and heat the building.

Ducted air conditioning is probably the right choice for you to maintain if your household or building already contains ductwork. However, ducts do require a certain level of care to keep the air circulation clean and healthy. At Hutchinson, we offer our duct cleaning services throughout Bucks County and the surrounding areas so that you can leave AC maintenance to the professionals. We recommend looking into our air filtration systems to make sure that mold, pollen, and pet hair are filtered out.

Ductless Air Conditioning

If you’re building a new home, adding an addition, or don’t care for the maintenance of ducts, ductless air conditioning may be the logical choice for you. While far less traditional than their duct-using counterparts, ductless HVAC systems have a plethora of positives to them. Thanks to their ability to focus the heating and cooling to specific rooms where installed, these systems are more energy efficient. If you are planning to add an extra room, use your basement or garage as more than storage, or even have places around your home that are never occupied, ductless air conditioning can make sure your cooling goes to the spaces you care about and nowhere else.

One of the most apparent positives of ductless air conditioning is in its name: it’s ductless. Ductwork has a habit of being noisy, dirty, and expensive to install. While ductless AC units still require general maintenance and the same TLC as any cooling system, the issues that center around ducts are no longer applicable. 

So, which is better?

We love both ducted and ductless air conditioners here at Hutchinson. The choice between the two mostly comes down to personal preferences, the current infrastructure of your HVAC system, and the expenses associated with each. Regardless of your choice to update and maintain your current ducted system or switch to a ductless system, Hutchinson is available to help you every step of the way. Please contact us today to book an appointment.