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The Pros and Cons of Different AC Systems

Not all air conditioners are made the same. But why do you need to remember this? Because understanding that you have more than one option for an air conditioner is going to affect which AC unit you choose when you need a new one.

It is a good idea to learn more about the pros and cons of different air conditioners in Cincinnati so you can make a fully informed decision when you need a system installed or replaced. We want to help you get started so you can get the new AC installed in your home.

Read on to learn about the pros and cons of each AC system option for your home.

Central Air Conditioners

They’re big, they’re powerful, and the modern versions are more efficient than ever. But is a central air conditioner right for you? Yes, if you are looking for even cooling throughout your home and you have healthy ductwork.


These systems are great for providing even temperature control throughout the entire house. This makes them an excellent option for a larger home. You can also consider inverter and VRF systems for AC units that offer even better efficiency.


Central air conditioners take up larger amounts of space meaning that they aren’t ideal for smaller homes. These also aren’t a good match for any home that doesn’t have ductwork.

Heat Pump Mini Splits

A heat pump mini split uses similar technology to an air conditioner in that it circulates refrigerant in order to absorb and move heat. However, heat pump mini splits use an air handler as the indoor unit, allowing them to take up less space. These systems also offer added features which we touch on here.


Heat pumps can offer both heating and cooling, making them a great option for homes in need of both an AC and heater. They are able to operate very efficiently too and can help you save space.


Ducted heat pumps still need ductwork in order to operate, so a ducted system may not be the right fit for a home without ducts. These systems are also more expensive to install.

Ductless HVAC System

A ductless HVAC system is a type of heat pump that doesn’t require ductwork to operate. These comfort systems can help provide temperature control year-round for homes that previously had to rely on window units or fans. Consisting of multiple air handlers attached to an outdoor unit with condensate and refrigerant lines, ductless HVAC systems offer great comfort solutions to people who previously would have had to do without.


No ducts needed! These systems don’t use ducts, which means they offer better indoor air quality along with effective and efficient year-round comfort.


The average ductless system has four air handlers per outdoor unit. You may need two systems to serve a larger home. It is also more expensive to install.

Need a new air conditioner in your home? Schedule your installation with the experts at JM Mechanical Heating & Cooling. We are proud to be the F.A.R.E company: Fast, Affordable, Reliable, and Easy to work with.

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