With the warmer weather arriving the question “How does a heat pump compare to a portable or window air conditioner” is getting asked a lot more often now.
Our answer to this question is:
It depends on the size of the space you want to keep cool and dehumidified
It depends on if comfort and cost savings for both heating and cooling is important to your or not
Similar Operating Costs for Smaller Areas
If the area you’re considering an air conditioner for is under 300 square feet or so than the cost of operating a heat pump or window air conditioner unit is going to be pretty similar.
There is a slight cost advantage to the heat pump, but when you factor in the additional cost to purchase the heat pump the savings aren’t even relevant.
Larger Living Areas
If you want to keep the main living level of your home cool and dehumidified than a ductless heat pump will do so more efficiently and evenly. As a rule of thumb any area larger than a bedroom or den is probably better cooled with a mini split heat pump than a mini split heat pump.
Year Round Comfort and Savings
If you are interested in year round comfort for both cooling and heating as well as cost savings in the winter time than a heat pump is the right choice.
A heat pump shines when you consider it’s cost of operation versus that of electric or oil heating in the winter time. The savings from a heat pump usually cover the cost of installation in 4-6 years.
What’s right for your home?
It’s going to vary by home whether a heat pump or a window air conditioner is right for your circumstance.
Ask yourself the following questions before deciding:
- How much area do I need to cool?
- If it’s over 300 sq.ft consider a heat pump
- If it’s under 300 sq.ft than a straight AC unit might do the job
- Could I benefit from cutting my home heating costs in the winter
- If yes then consider a heat pump
- If no than an AC unit might be what you want
If you’d like us to take a look at your homes exact layout and provide some exact advice on how you can cut your homes energy costs give us a call and set a time for a risk free in-home assessment.