Ductless Heat Pumps vs. Window ACs:
What’s the best way to prepare for the summer heat?
Can’t decide on the best option for cooling your home this summer? The easy option isn’t always the best or most cost effective. This article will describe all the pros and cons of ductless air source heat pumps (aka mini-splits) versus window ACs, so you can decide.
What are the main differences?
A mini-split heat pump is a heating and cooling system that uses an outdoor condenser (compressor) unit connected to an indoor unit (fan). However, a window AC unit is a packaged unit (compressor + fan in one unit).
Another difference is a mini-split heat pump can have up to 6 indoor units to heat or cool rooms throughout your home with or without the use of ducts and can be operated separately. In contrast, a window AC unit is a single unit that only works in one room with a window or through an opening in your wall.
By the numbers, ductless heat pumps are up to 330% more efficient than window AC units and fit neatly in your home without that bulky unit propping your window open. Still interested in weighing the pros and cons? Keep reading.
Ductless Air Source Heat Pumps
- Quiet: While a window AC unit buzzes away, ductless heat pumps are whisper quiet.
- Efficient: With the option to have up to 8 units inside, everyone in your family will be happy with each room regulated to your desired temperature.
- Secure: Suffice it to say, you don’t have to worry about someone breaking in or the unit falling out of the window.
- Multi-season: When the weather gets cool again, you can use it for heating and you don’t have to worry about devoting an afternoon to removing your window AC.
- Easy Installation: With installation included, you don’t have to worry about exerting yourself like when you have a window AC. It only takes a day or two, unlike if you were considering adding central cooling where you have to endure the week-long process of installing ducts and ripping through walls.
- Decreases your utility bills: Because mini-split pumps are ductless, this reduces the amount of energy your home uses, making it far more cost-effective.
- Cost: The price of a ductless heat pump system is more than a window unit. However the money you save long term, and the amount of stress it eliminates by not having to self-install every spring is well worth it.
How can you afford it?
- 0% Heat Loan: There is a zero-interest 7-year heat loan available with a No-Cost Energy Assessment.
- Credits: With the introduction of Alternative Energy Credits or AECs, multi zone mini-split systems can generate thousands of dollars in credits.
- Rebates: By having a No-Cost Mass Save Home Energy Assessment, you can qualify for hundreds of dollars off each unit. Learn more about those rebates here.
Window Air Conditioning Units
- Easy to self-install: You don’t need to hire anyone. All you need is some duct tape, the AC unit, and someone willing to help you hold open the window so it doesn’t come crashing down.
- Inexpensive: On the bright side, you can get a window AC for pretty cheap, but this means you usually have to replace them every few years after they start falling apart or getting clogged with debris from outside.
- Noisey: This is fairly self-explanatory. If you’ve had a window AC, you know the pain of that constant buzz all summer that drones out your conversations.
- Inefficient: When you stand right next the AC it’s great, but as soon as you walk to the next room the heat hits you again. This means you either spend your entire summer in one room of your home or you buy a few more window AC units for other rooms. So, any money you saved with that self-install, single-unit AC goes out the window (pun intended).
- Not Secure: One of the worst sounds you can hear on a hot summer day is your window AC falling onto to the floor or—worse—out the window onto the ground.
- Prone to Break-ins: Window ACs are pretty much an invitation for a break in. Your window can’t be latched and that duct tape you used to secure it won’t keep out a home-invader. By simply pushing the AC unit inside, someone can have easy access to your home.
- Cumbersome: During the winter, you have to take out your window AC and find someplace to store it. Your window AC is definitely going to end up in the corner of your garage or basement; and for our 30-plus crowd I’m sure we don’t even need to mention the back pain associated with hauling these things up the stairs at the end of every April.
What is the Best Option this Summer?
Clearly the pros of a ductless heat pump outweigh the cons. The main differences are the cost and installation. First, the installation of a mini-split is more challenging than popping a window AC yourself, but that also means they are far more sturdy and last longer. Plus, as a Fujitsu Elite Contractor, Endless Energy is able to get you access to Fujitsu’s premium 12-year warranty on all systems. Although, ductless heat pumps are more expensive, they will save you so much in the long run between your electricity bill, heating bill, security, and noise pollution. Plus, they look much more modern and stylish than other cooling options that simply look old and bulky. However, if you’re still concerned about the price and installation, keep reading to check out our unique deals.
Our Mini-Split Deals
We carry Fujitsu Mini-Split Heat Pumps because we believe they have unparalleled efficiency at the best consumer value on the market. And, as a Fujitsu Elite Contractor, all of our technicians and installers have received a premium level of training, so we can give you access to Fujitsu’s service support.
Even better? All of our Fujitsu Mini-Split Heat Pumps come with a one-year labor warranty and a 12-year manufacturer’s warranty, so you don’t have to worry about your mini-split.