Mini-Split Air Conditioning Versus Central AC

August 16, 2022
Ductless Mini-Split in Lake Charles, LA

At ACR Air Conditioning & Heating, we are your HVAC specialists in Lake Charles, Louisiana. We take pride in our dependability and reliability. Both central and mini-split air conditioning systems have their advantages, but for efficiency and return on investment, a mini-split AC may be the better choice.

Mini-Split AC Design

There are two parts to a typical mini-split: an outdoor AC unit and indoor air control units, often called air handlers. The indoor units are wall mounted high on the wall, allowing the cooler air to drift downward. Each unit will have a remote control to support customized cooling.

The indoor control units are connected to the outdoor AC unit with a refrigerant line. The system does not need ductwork to move the cool air around the house. These systems have a 25% to 30% longer life than central units.


Mini-split ACs are inherently more efficient than central ACs because homeowners can set lower temperatures in the rooms used daily, and the least used areas can be a little warmer. The net effect is that you control every area using less energy where you don’t need as much cooling.

These AC units use only the amount of energy needed to cool. Because they cool an entire home instead of single rooms at a time, a central unit uses more energy. Installing a mini-split has higher upfront costs, but the investment is recovered through lower energy costs.

Getting the Job Done Right

Each home is unique, and no one AC system makes sense in every situation. The many factors to consider when choosing a system include the existing AC system, the home’s structure, and the owner’s lifestyle. ACR Air Conditioning & Heating will provide the information you need to make a good decision.

We do all things HVAC and are intent on doing the job right because we want you as a repeat customer. You can turn to us for heating and cooling repairs, maintenance, and installation, as well as duct cleaning, indoor air quality, and commercial HVAC services. Call us today to learn more about mini-split systems or set up an appointment for service.

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