Ductless Mini SplitDuctless mini split air conditioners and heat pumps have become so popular that even compaies like Amazon, Home Depot, and Lowes have started selling the mini split systems. Consumers have reported that even though these large companies have begun selling the mini split products, they actually know nothing about them. Most customer service reps at Amazon could not answer one question regarding these products. Lowes and Home Depot were no different, telling customers to talk to the contractors when they come out to give them the increadibly high "free quotes".
Meanwhile, here at the Mini Split Warehouse, we have been dealing with these mini split systems long before those large multi billion dollar a year companies were involved. Not only do we sell the mini split units, we also use them in our offices and warehouses. We install them, and know all the ins and outs associated with them. Once you start researching factories, you find that manufacturers like Midea, Daikin, and Chigo produce all the major brands on the market today including brands like Sanyo, Samsung, LG, Trane, Lennox, Carrier, Gree, Panasonic, Toshiba, Friedrich, Goodman, Cooper Hunter, YMGI, Klimaire, Senville, Blueridge, Pioneer, Mr Cool and hundreds more.
The overall space you will need to cool and heat will give you an idea of the mini split unit you will need to achieve the results you desire. Mini split air conditioners generally come in variations of these capacities, from 9,000 to 36,000 BTU (or BTU). You will then need to consider the type of space you wish to heat or cool. Is this room well insulated? Does it have a lot of windows, or none at all? Is it one large area, such as a banquet room? Or several smaller bedrooms or offices? Maybe you have a larger great room, as well as a smaller area that will need its own air handler. There are a variety of configurations to choose from which will allow you to keep all of the space as comfortable as you would like with a mini split.
You will also need to consider whether or not you will need to supplement your air conditioner with a mini split heat pump. Many units come with the option of cooling and dehumidifying only, or cooling, dehumidifying, and heating. Perhaps you live in the south, like me, and after a mild winter you are mostly concerned with cooling off your home with a mini split ac during those hot summer months that never fail to come around. However, we can always be sure that at some point, a harsh winter will have us bundling up. Contrary to what some may believe, every household in southern Appalachia does NOT come equipped with a wood burning stove, or even a fireplace...and boy, does it get cold! And yes, it definitely does snow out west in the deserts of west Texas and New Mexico. So if you do not utilize heating very often, a ductless mini split heat pump (such as the Midea mini split heat pump) is probably a sound investment that will pay off. Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it, when it comes to staying cozy and warm!