The summers in Winnipeg can be quite brutal, and there’s nothing nicer than having quality air conditioning to keep you cool and comfortable. However, with the air conditioner running as much as it is, you may notice an increase in your energy bill. Did you know that the type of AC unit you choose can play a role in determining the cost of your bill? That’s why it’s important to consider what type of unit will be best for your budget. 

We often get asked whether a ductless AC system will save you more money than a window AC unit. Well, we’re here to answer the question definitively: 

Which Is the Least Expensive Option?

Ductless (or mini split) systems are a more expensive installation choice compared to a window AC unit. While the cost of a window unit and its installation may be cheaper, ductless mini splits can cool multiple rooms at once, but a window unit generally only cools one room at a time. 

How Does a Ductless Mini Split Work?

Ductless mini splits and central air conditioners are different, but they do the same job. Central AC systems rely on ductwork to disperse cool air throughout your home. A ductless mini split doesn’t require ductwork to function. Instead of ducts, mini splits distribute cool, conditioned air directly into your home by the air handling units installed in each living space.

The mini split system has both indoor and outdoor components. There’s an outdoor condenser unit linked to the indoor components, and instead of just one air handler, there are multiple installed in different areas of the home. These separated units can be controlled independently and use a heat pump to distribute heat in the colder months. 

How Does a Window AC Unit Work?

A popular air conditioner choice, window units are a go-to as they also don’t require ductwork. These units rely on the power of a fan and blower to push cool air into your home. To keep things cool, the unit pumps refrigerant through a tubing network. 

When the warm air from outside passes over the tubing, the heat is transformed into fast-flowing vapour. The vapour then travels to the compressor, where it’s pressurized and sent to the condenser coil. The heat is then removed and ejected back outside, and the refrigerant returns to the tubing to remove the warmth from within your home. Sound complicated? It is. Window air conditioners may be less expensive compared to other units, but they don’t pack as much of a punch as a ductless mini split. 

Energy Bill Costs

You can find ductless mini split systems on the market that are extremely efficient and, when they’re utilized as heaters, use up to 60% less energy than standard radiators. The installation costs are where you’ll see a higher price tag. While window units are more cost-effective in terms of energy bill and installation, they don’t possess enough cooling capabilities to keep your entire house colder in the summertime. If you don’t mind the extra installation fees in return for optimal cooling, then a ductless mini split may be the right choice for you in the long run. Are you looking to stay cool during those sweltering summer days? Who isn’t? You can receive products of the highest quality from us, whether you want an air conditioner unit or a whole house air purification system in Winnipeg. Contact Provincial Heating & Cooling Inc. today to learn more about how we can set up the ideal comfort system for your home.