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What’s the Difference Between a Zone System and a Ductless Mini-Split System?

Zone systems and ductless mini split systems are both designed to do the same thing: give you room-by-room control over your air conditioner and adjust the temperature in each individual part of your house separately from the others. Not only does this make a nice luxury for families with varying comfort preferences, but it can save you a great deal of money on air conditioning expenses, since you can simply turn off the air in parts of your house you aren’t using. Considering how hot the summers get here in Riverside, CA, that’s a significant consideration. But what’s the difference between a zone systems and a ductless mini-split system? That is, which one is right for you? It comes down to using different methods of achieving the same goals.

Zone Control

Zone control systems are essentially upgrades to an existing ducted system. The technician installs a series of valves and controls in your duct system that lets you shut off the air at key points, essentially allowing you to control the temperature in each different room. The valves each have their own separate thermostats and control panels, meaning that you can set each one individually. Best of all, you don’t have to remove your existing system to enjoy its benefits.

Ductless Mini-Split Systems

As the title implies, ductless mini-split systems don’t rely on ducts at all. Instead, a single small unit is installed in each section of your house, with enough power to cool that particular section. These cost more to install than zone control systems, but they make an attractive options for homes that can’t support a system of ducts: getting around the question of where to put the ducts.

Regardless of the specifics of your home, it pays to consult the experts at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air to help you make this decision!

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