So your older MN home does not have air ducts, and you’re stuck choosing between a window AC unit and a ductless mini-split for your old home. Which one is right for you?
If you’re a homeowner, go with a ductless mini-split system for the highest convenience, safety and comfort. But if you’re renting and/or on a tight budget, a window AC might be your best choice.
In this article, we’ll explain:
Here are the pros and cons of each air conditioner at a glance:
A window AC unit. Image source
A ductless mini-split system consists of an outdoor condenser and an indoor evaporator. Image source
After looking at the pros and cons, it comes down to these 3 major factors you should consider:
Mini-split systems are expensive; they generally cost about $1,500 to $2,000 per ton of cooling capacity. So these may cost twice as much as window units of similar capacity (tonnage).
If you’re on a tight budget, and you just need a quick cooling solution, a window unit may be right for you.
Do you have limited window space? Or are there multiple rooms you’d like to cool?
If so, a ductless mini-split system is probably the right fit for you. Mini-split systems don’t have to go on a window and can go on walls or even the floor (with floor-standing models). You can also program a mini-split system to cool different rooms in your home if you get multiple indoor units.
If you’re renting your home, a mini-split system might be too much of an investment, so a window unit would be your best option.
But if you’re a homeowner, adding a mini-split system adds value to your home (especially the zoning feature), so it’s worth the higher investment up-front.
Contact MSP Air to schedule an appointment with one of our cooling specialists. We’ll visit your home to help you decide what option is best for you based on your needs and the above factors.
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