You can say that at Superior Co-Op HVAC we are ductless mini-split crazy. But there is good reason for that! It is an excellent solution to that age old conundrum of having to install window unit air conditioners. They are heavy, noise and draw a LOT of energy just to run. That is why we are so excited about the mini split option. Plus, with a mini split, you get cooling AND heating (and a lower chiropractic bill from not having to heave that old window unit around anymore)!
While looking for a way to cool one or two rooms, it’s natural to consider a window air conditioner. For decades, window air conditioners have been the solution of choice under such circumstances. They’re cheap, relatively easy to install and effective. Lately, however, ductless air conditioners, which are also known as mini split systems, have been giving window units a run for their money. Some people still sometimes rule them out due to the fact that they’re more expensive because they don’t realize how much they can save in the long run.
If your home is uncomfortably warm, you’d probably like to cool it down as quickly as possible. A window unit is the path of least resistance because it can be purchased locally and installed quickly. Is it really the best option, though? If you own your home and plan to stick around for a while, a mini split system is probably a much better option. Regardless of what you ultimately decide, you should give plenty of thought to the advantages and disadvantages of both units.
The main things you should consider before buying a portable air conditioner or a ductless system include:
Like many people, your decision may ultimately boil down to how much you have to spend right now. Therefore, the first step is to assess your budget and determine what you can afford. As tempting as it may be to opt for the initial affordability of a window unit, the truth is that you will pay more in the long run. Your electricity usage will soar, so the cost of your energy bills will too. Most window units aren’t built to last very long either, so you can expect to replace yours before too long.
If you are sold on the idea of ductless air conditioning, take care to find a reliable contractor in your area. Mitsubishi Electric contractors are specialists in the most innovative ductless systems on the market today. Contact one of the contractors on this site to get started.