Central Air Conditioning vs. Forced Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning - Central air vs Forced air


A question that continues to be asked is which air condition system is best for my home. The two main systems are either Central Air Conditioning and Forced Air Conditioning. As the warmer months are approaching, many of us are preparing for another hot summer. The best way to keep your family comfortable inside your home is to ensure your home is properly air conditioned. Beyond keeping your space cool and comfortable, air conditioning can have several benefits within your home.

Benefits of Air Conditioners

  • Lowering humidity
  • Reducing asthma attacks
  • Repelling insects
  • Improving sleep quality

When it comes to your air conditioning system, if you’re like a lot of people, you may use the terms ‘central air’ and ‘forced air’ conditioning interchangeably. However, there are some key differences that may help you distinguish between these two facets of air conditioning. In this article, we’ll detail what makes these two systems unique and how you can distinguish between the two.


Central Air Conditioning

Central air involves an outdoor unit that contains a fan, condenser coils, a compressor, as well as an indoor unit. The thermostat controls the central A/C, where the air is pushed to the outdoor unit, cooled, then forced back into your room. The term “central” refers to the air conditioner being a single unit. Central air systems can work in tandem with forced air systems to distribute cold air throughout the space.


Forced Air Conditioning

We commonly refer to Forced Air Conditioning when we are talking about the heating system within our homes. Forced air conditioning systems work the exact same way. The HVAC system distributes cool air through a network of air ducts and into rooms of your space. “Forced air” refers to the distribution of the air, where “central air” refers to the unit in which the air is getting cooled.


We hope this article helped you understand the difference between forced air vs central air systems! No matter how your home is keeping cool this summer, we hope you remain comfortable in your home during the warm months to come. If your current A/C system is aging and may require an inspection, or you’re in need of air conditioning all together, the experts at CampbellCare are happy to help. Contact us today!

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