Our favorite through the wall ac with heat pump is the Frigidaire FRA08EHT1 8,000 BTU Through-the-Wall Room Air Conditioner with 4,200 BTU Supplemental Heat (115 volts). It is a powerful and affordable air conditioner.
If you go with one of these units, however, bear in mind that it is not connected to a fan on the inside of your home. The indoor component has a self-contained fan as well as a coil that typically will hang on the wall. This indoor unit provides cool or warm air for specific areas of your home or office.
What are the benefits?
This type of unit has a number of benefits. If you don’t have ductwork or you don’t want to go to the expense of having ducts installed in your home or business, a through the wall unit can give you the benefits of heating and cooling that is less expensive.
For example, if you have baseboard heat in your home, utilizing a through the wall system can be an excellent choice. There is no need to take everything out in order to install a duct system. This type of system can easily be installed in areas that need heating or cooling.
A single outdoor unit will be able to function for several indoor units. An added benefit is zoning. Each unit inside can be controlled individually. Each area you want conditioned can be set to your desired temperature. This makes systems that are through the wall great for offices, separate structures or guest rooms.
Lastly, they will help you save money. A through-the-wall heat pump system is extremely energy efficient. A single unit utilizes approximately half the amount of power that a baseboard heater will use, while still being able to condition up to 1000 square feet of space.
How much does this type of system cost?
Just like with many things, the price can vary depending on what model you choose. A unit designed for a single zone can be installed for approximately $3,000 to $4,000. The price can increase from there.
Some contributing factors include the number of units you need installed, how much work is involved in order to get power to the unit and the difficulty of installing refrigeration lines. A local provider should be able to provide an estimate.
Which brand is the best to purchase?
There are many brands available. I have experience installing many of the most recognized brands, such as Fujitsu, LG, Goodman and Mitsubishi; however, there are other brands as well. Many manufacturers are now making these types of units and the market is growing.
For a consumer, this is good news because it will help keep costs down. My experience has shown that the various units are pretty much very similar.
The important point to keep in mind is finding a quality contractor for the installation, rather than focusing the brand you choose. You should find the right system for your home and have it professionally installed.