I may be buying a house before too long, and a few questions about installing air conditioning into a home that lacks it. House will be ranch-style, 1600-1900 sq. ft. I have no house in particular picked out yet, but some I'm interested would be fine -- EXCEPT for the fact that they were not built with air conditioning.
I'm wondering about the pros/cons of installing a "mini split" system (with multiple "room units" or perhaps more than one mini split unit), vis-a-vis going for central air...?
Just from casual browsing, it looks like mini split would be considerably cheaper and easier to install than a full central air system with ducting, etc. (the latter probably involving a LOT of wall/floor work as well).
Is central air worth paying the extra $$$ and installation work? Or can mini split do as good a job, have equal reliability, etc.?
I'm also wondering if pre-existing ducting in some homes that have either oil or gas hot air, could also be used with a central air system?
Actually, if I found the right place with pre-existing ducting, I might even consider going to a full geothermal system. But that's a different topic.
Thanks, - John