... pumping anti-freeze through plumbing.
^^^ That’s exactly how refrigeration works.
...but I can see your point: low entry cost and low operating cost (yrs of maintenance free operation).
Yes, low entry cost. And it's a one time expense. And we should never need to add any freon. Much less anti-freeze or glycol. Or worry about the associated plumbing and pumps required.
But hey, we are always trying to save a few $$$.
It works for us. You might choose other options.