Mini-splits are compact, space-friendly, and efficient alternatives to window air conditioners. On the other hand, it isn’t easy to install. That’s because experts have to spend time judging the best installation spot for each unit.
Window air conditioners are easy to install, more efficient, and low-cost compared to mini-splits. However, they’re bulky and not versatile enough to suit every room’s décor. Plus, they require you to direct the drainage water for safety purposes.
Mini-Splits vs. Window Air Conditioners: What is Good for You?
Since both indoor cooling systems bring a lot of features, it’s not easy to pick one. However, weighing the pros and cons of each can make the decision easier.
· Energy Efficiency
Although mini-splits cost more than window air conditioners, they offer a better return on investment thanks to higher energy efficiency. A window air conditioner consumes more electrical energy input to produce the same amount of cooling as a mini-split.
Mini-splits are also comfortable as they don’t make a lot of noise. They impose low running costs because of cheaper maintenance routines. Window air conditioners require more maintenance and higher running costs.
However, the efficiency of window ACs is unmatched for large buildings compared to mini-splits. In rare cases, window ACs can be uncomfortable because they can create highly unpleasant temperatures due to a lack of automatic regulation.
· Installation (and Upgrading)
If you don’t know already, installing mini-splits is difficult because they’re smaller than window ACs. Since they’re smaller but efficient, it’s important to choose a strategic spot for them in their installed room. That takes time and expertise on the installer’s end.
On the other hand, window air conditioners are more powerful, so choosing a strategic location isn’t always necessary. Plus, installing a window air conditioner doesn’t usually require professional installation.
A mini-split system has only two main components, including an indoor and outdoor unit. To connect both components, you only have to fix refrigerant pipes adequately.
· Aesthetics (Versatility)
Installing a cooling system to remain cool during the day is vital. But, you wouldn’t like to install an odd-looking, rusty air conditioner in your luxurious house. Therefore, considering the aesthetics and versatility of an air conditioning system is also necessary.
Mini-splits come in a range of designs and options. That means they’re highly versatile and could be suitable for nearly all types of interiors. The winner of aesthetics is definitely mini-splits because of their sleek appearances and stylish finishes.
It’s worth mentioning that you can install a mini-split subtly, whereas that’s not possible for window air conditioners. For one, window ACs could be eye sores. They obstruct the view and rarely come in versatile designs or finishes. They’re also noisy, while mini-splits aren’t.
Which One is Right for You?
Mini-splits offer more versatility and heating and cooling facilities to homeowners’ advantage. They are ductless heating/cooling systems. With a single button, you can make the ductless mini-split systems go from heating to cooling.
So, what’s got you waiting? If you’ve decided between the mini splits and window air conditioners, contact Cape Cod Energy Solutions to install them for you. The experts at Cape Cod Energy Solutions are knowledgeable, reliable, and timely.