Mini Split vs Central Air Conditioning – Which is right for you?

28, Nov, 2023

28, Nov, 2023



When it comes to cooling your home, you have two main choices: a mini-split air conditioning system or central air conditioning. Both have their pros and cons, but they’re both used to cool different spaces in the home. So which one is right for you? Let’s compare!


Mini Split Air Conditioning

Mini split air conditioning systems are a great option for those who want to save money on their energy bills but don't want to install ductwork in their house.

The outdoor compressor/condenser and one or more indoor air-handling units comprise ductless mini-split systems. They're less noisy than central AC because they don't have any fans running inside your home.
Mini-splits also offer zone cooling, so you can cool only the rooms where people actually spend time instead of cooling the whole house at once--saving even more money!

It's easier to install these systems than central AC because there's no need for ductwork;

however, this means that they take up more space outside your home than traditional central AC units do inside it (about 15% more). It also costs more to buy than a central air conditioner.

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Central Air Conditioning

Central air conditioning is a popular option for many homeowners because it helps keep their homes cool and reduces humidity levels.

One of the main benefits of central AC is its convenience; it's typically easier to operate and maintain than other cooling options.

Additionally, central air conditioning often has lower initial costs compared to mini-splits, and it's compatible with existing ductwork in most homes. Another benefit of central AC is that it can increase the value of your home.

However, it's important to note that central air conditioning can be more difficult to install than other cooling options, and it's typically less energy-efficient. Despite these drawbacks, central air conditioning remains a popular and effective way to keep your home comfortable during the hottest months of the year.

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Which one is right for you?

There are a few factors to consider when buying an air conditioner:

  • Cost: If you're looking to save money, a mini-split is the way to go. They are more efficient than central air conditioning units and can be installed in places where it would be difficult or impossible to install a central unit.
  • Installation: Mini-split systems are easier to install than central air conditioners because they don't require any extra piping or ductwork outside your house--they just need a power source inside!
  • Climate: If you live in an area with extreme weather conditions (think hot summers and cold winters), then mini splits may not be your best choice because they aren't designed for extreme temperatures like central units are--they're more suited for moderate climates where there aren't drastic temperature changes between seasons or days/nights.
  • Lifestyle: Mini-splits work best if you live alone or have just one other person living with you because they require less space than central systems do; However, while mini-splits are great for cooling individual rooms, they aren't as efficient at cooling an entire house--so if you want to cool your whole home with one system, central air conditioning is the way to go.

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TCL Top Picks

TCL is a well-known and reputable brand in the air conditioning industry. They have been building high-quality air conditioning products for over 20 years and have an established global network with 10 manufacturing bases across China, Brazil, and Indonesia. With a total global production capacity exceeding 30 million sets, TCL is a trusted name in the industry.

TCL's air conditioning products are designed to save money, save energy, and make your home more comfortable. With a focus on innovation and quality, TCL air conditioners are a great choice for anyone looking to upgrade their home cooling system.

Split AC:





Portable AC:

MZ-Series is a modern air conditioner that offers a powerful cooling function, water auto-evaporated, and self-diagnosis and auto-protection. The unit also features a UV LED, which helps to remove bacteria from the air. This feature adds an extra layer of protection for your home. You can also use this option to destroy germs in the air before they settle on furniture or other items in your home.


Window AC:


Q-Series is whisper-quiet, yet powerful enough for the entire room. Its smart control feature allows your air conditioner to monitor the temperature and humidity level in your room, then adjust its operation accordingly. You can open or close the window easily!



DEM Series is a cooling device that provides a powerful and comfortable cooling experience. With UV LED (optional), side blow, and a large water tank, you get the best of everything in one place. Wifi control allows you to control your device from anywhere as well!


Light commercial/central air conditioner:


Free-Match Series



We hope this article has helped you understand the differences between a mini split and a central air conditioning system. Both are great options for keeping your home cool, but it's important to choose the right one for your needs. If you want something that requires less maintenance than a central unit and can be installed anywhere in your house without taking up space, then mini splits may be right for you!

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