Why Install a Mini-Split Heat-pump System?

Compared to traditional heating and cooling systems, mini-split systems have many advantages, some of which include their high efficiency and ease of installation. Most of these advantages come from the fact that mini-split systems are ductless, meaning you do not need to worry about the challenges that come with ductwork, such as high installation costs and energy loss. In traditional heating and cooling systems, 20-30% of energy is typically lost through ductwork.

Mini-split systems generally consist of several indoor units connected to an outdoor compressor. The indoor units are quiet and most new mini-split systems have enhanced abilities to filter the air from pollutants, mold, and allergens to keep your home healthy. Additionally, having multiple indoor units allows you to precisely adjust the temperature of individual rooms in your home. Many mini-split manufacturers even have apps that allow you to control and monitor your system from your phone anytime, anywhere.

Not to mention, mini-splits run electrically, as opposed to their oil-based counterparts. Therefore, mini-splits can be paired with solar systems to provide your home with an environmentally-friendly heating and cooling option.

How to Choose the Best Heat-pump Mini-split System

After making the decision to install a mini-split system, the next challenge is choosing the right mini-split manufacturer. In order to keep your home a comfortable temperature, the performance of the mini-split system is one of the most important factors to consider.

In terms of performance, many popular manufacturers have very comparable products, such as products with similar cooling power. However, mini-splits from different manufacturers tend to differ in the ease of use. For example, some systems will come with very simple controls, but with less adjustment options.

Another extremely important factor to consider is the reliability of the manufacturer. It is advantageous to buy from a company that has been in the market for a long time and can support you throughout the lifetime of the system. Warranty length is also a strong indicator of reliability since companies generally only give long warranties if they are confident in the quality of their product.


Mitsubishi mini-split systems are produced by Mitsubishi Electric, a core company of Mitsubishi, that was founded in 1921 in Japan. Mitsubishi’s mini-split systems rank among the high-performing systems and are comparable in price to similar brands.


Panasonic is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and a popular choice for homeowners. The company was founded in 1918 in Japan. Panasonic’s mini-split systems are high-performing, efficient, and very reasonably priced. However, what sets Panasonic apart from its competitors are the reliability and long warranties that are offered with their products. Besides, Panasonic mini-splits are equipped with NanoeX technology that purifies and cleanses the room air and surfaces from germs such as COVID-19.

Comparing Ductless Mini-split Mitsubishi vs Panasonic Systems

When comparing mini-split systems, Panasonic and Mitsubishi offer products with many of the same characteristics. They are both are rated very highly in terms of performance; relatively the same heating and cooling capacities can be achieved with either manufacturer. Both products also are also very quiet and provide strong air purification systems. However, Panasonic does have more options available for homeowners who are looking for a very specific unit model.

One of the major differences between the Panasonic and Mitsubishi mini-split systems are the product features. Panasonic provides product warranties for up to 12 years and offers NanoeX which inhibits bacteria and viruses, molds, allergens, pollens, and hazardous substances, as well as deodorizing. Therefore, even though the mini-splits have similar characteristics, Panasonic provides more benefits and support throughout the lifetime of its product.

As an example, let’s compare two models from both Panasonic’s XE9WKUA and Mitsubishi’s Heat MSZ-FS 9000 with similar nameplates. We have tabulated the key specifications for these heat pumps below:

Brand Panasonic Mitsubishi

XE9WKUA New ClimaPure XE Wall-Mount Cool & Heat

MSZ-FS Deluxe Wall-mounted Indoor Unit
Capacities 2,800-18,000 BTU/H 6,000-18,000 BTU/H
Product Warranty Up to 12 years Up to 12 years
Sound (low) 20 dB 20 dB
Remote Control Available Yes Yes
Smartphone Control Available Yes Yes
Air Purification nanoe™ X FilterDone ticket Anti-Allergy Enzyme Filter
ENERGY STAR ® Certified Yes Yes

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