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The Differences Between Ductless + Traditional AC

March 22, 2023 | Blog

Are you a homeowner looking to install an air conditioner unit and wanting to know more about the ways ductless and traditional AC’s differ?

Axsom Air is here for you! We have everything you need to know that’ll help you choose the air conditioning option that’s best for you and your home. Whether you’re committed to installing a ductless mini-split or are on the fence about it, we have professional installers that’ll be happy to set up an appointment with you to talk about your new system.

What’s A Traditional AC?

Traditional AC’s are what most homes utilize across the nation. This HVAC unit option requires ductwork to be installed in a home to work properly in partnership with an indoor unit and an outdoor unit.

Air is removed from the home via air handler, channeled to the outdoor condenser and returned to your living spaces via the ductwork. They can be an expensive investment if ductwork is involved, but these are reliable and work well for larger homes.

What’s A Ductless AC Unit?

A ductless HVAC system — also known as a mini-split — is a compact unit that is designed to deliver cool or warm air to a single room without the use of ducts. They’re especially great for smaller rooms, sunrooms, home add-ons or even garages.

They still utilize an indoor and outdoor unit, but the air handler is attached straight to the inner wall of your home. This means that conditioned air is delivered straight into your space and not into the ductwork.

Can These Two Be Used In The Same Home?

These two units can be used together in the same home! For example, if you need extra help getting cooler air in one of your rooms that doesn’t have great temperature control, you can get a ductless AC installed.

The extra installment could help your difficult spaces remain comfortable all year long. We recommend talking to one of our well-trained technicians to find out if this would be a great option for your home or not!

Pros And Cons Of A Ductless AC System

An advantage to these systems is that they allow you to control the desired temperature you want in a smaller space completely. Not only are they user-friendly and easy to install, but they are also known to keep energy costs down, which is a huge plus for a homeowner!


  • Less Maintenance Required
  • Reliable Performance
  • Flexible Footprint
  • High Efficiency
  • Non-Invasive Installation
  • Available In Multiple Colors/Trims


  • Installed Indoors
  • Inefficient At Cooling Large Spaces
  • Higher Upfront Cost

Pros And Cons Of A Traditional AC

There’s a reason why so many homes across the nation use central AC systems! Read below to know more about the pros and cons of traditional air conditioning.


  • Efficient For Large Spaces
  • Reliable Performance
  • Long Lifespan
  • Cools Down Your Home Fast


  • Can Be Expensive With Ductwork Installation
  • Inefficient For Add-On Spaces
  • More Regular Maintenance Required
  • Can Use More Energy

Every home is different, which is why your AC solution should be unique to you! If you’re interested in going ductless or have more questions about your AC options, let our team know.

Rely On Axsom Air Today!

Whether you want a ductless or traditional AC, we’re only a call away! We’ll help you choose the best unit for your everyday lifestyle. We prioritize our customers’ cooling and heating needs to match you with a system that runs efficiently year-round. Contact us today at Axsom Air to schedule an appointment!

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