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Solving The Ducted Vs. Ductless Heat Pumps & Air Conditioners Debate

Heating a property is much more complex with the wonderful options available on the market! There’s the size, the brand and the heat pump or air conditioner choice. You can choose a heat pump and Panasonic ducted ventilation or ductless mini-split systems but which one is the right answer? Here are both sides of the debate!

The Mini-Split Vs Ducted Heat Pumps Debate

If your debate is between a ducted heat pump and ductless heat pumps then, first of all, you are obviously interested in improving your energy consumption as a heat pump is definitely a solution for that. It is important to note, however, that if you live in an apartment or in a densely populated housing situation that heat pumps have a higher noise output than air conditioners and therefore they cannot be positioned near a neighbour.

What Are Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump Solutions?

With a ductless mini-split heat pump, a lead unit is installed in the specific interior area that needs to be cooled or heated. The pump is installed on an exterior wall but it works in conjunction with the interior to pull in warmer air from the outside and pull it inside.

The benefits of a ductless mini-split system are:

  • This system has more affordable running costs than a ducted heat pump system
  • You get a faster return on your investment
  • The installation is faster and easier than a ducted system
  • It can be used for cooling and heating

The negatives of a ductless mini-split system are:

  • The wall units are visually invasive in the interior and are positioned on one side of the room making an asymmetrical heating solution.
  • It only serves one room.

What Are Ducted Heat Pump Solutions?

This system also has a unit on the exterior wall which draws in heat from the exterior. This harvested heat is shared throughout the property through multiple ducted internal feeder units.  The installation of a ducted system will take more time, requires ceiling boards or walls that can take them and may require additional breaker switches in your electrical board.

There are some great benefits from a ducted heat pump system:

  • The running costs are less than a ducted electrical system
  • There is an automatic release of backup heat when temperatures plummet
  • It can cool in summer

There are some disadvantages from a ducted heat pump system:

  • You might need to add bigger breakers to your electrical board.
  • It costs more than a split unit heat pump solution to run.


Ducted units might have higher installation costs but they are more seamlessly integrated into the interior. Your home’s design might suit a ducted solution more than a split-unit system.

Whichever unit you choose, your supplier and installer should help you ascertain which system will suit your needs. At the end of it, you will be cosy or cool, whichever the season demands!

Get an impeccable installation of your Panasonic ducted heat pump today and save!

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