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Old 08-22-2022, 09:56 PM   #1
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Built a 400sqft office into my barn, foam ceiling and blow in walls, looking for AC advice. Mini split guy wants $850 for a one ton 115 unit installed or I could buy a 12,000 btu window unit for $600. I donít mind spending a little extra if needed but mini split guy has been flaky. Wife hates the look of window unit but I can put it on back side. Suggestions?
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Old 08-22-2022, 09:59 PM   #2
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mini...find another installer if need be.
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Old 08-22-2022, 10:01 PM   #3
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Mini split all day every day and twice on Sunday
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Old 08-22-2022, 10:04 PM   #4
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Mini all the way
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Old 08-22-2022, 10:06 PM   #5
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Stay away from window units. Mini for sure.
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Old 08-22-2022, 10:08 PM   #6
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Seems like a mini is probably the way to go!
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Old 08-22-2022, 10:13 PM   #7
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Pretty big fan of the mini split in my garage thatís all foamed and prb 900 sq ft. Have a Sensibo unit I can control it from my phone and just set it. Itís always cool in there and no humidity.
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Old 08-22-2022, 10:14 PM   #8
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I had the same dilemma and decided on a window unit. I bought a 10000 btu Midea u-shaped unit and am happy with it so far. But, I’m cooling a 300 sq ft apt and only used it about a week. It gets the place cooooold! Easy DIY install and < $600.
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Old 08-22-2022, 10:21 PM   #9
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Old 08-22-2022, 10:31 PM   #10
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What Artos said X 2.
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Old 08-22-2022, 10:40 PM   #11
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850 sounds too good to be true for a mini split installed.
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Old 08-22-2022, 10:53 PM   #12
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Mini but make sure it’s a good brand
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Old 08-22-2022, 11:05 PM   #13
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850 sounds too good to be true for a mini split installed.
Exactly what I was thinking, thatís cheap !
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Old 08-22-2022, 11:34 PM   #14
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I was gonna pose this same question hoping y'all would agree on the window unit, lol.

I'm going w Boy Wonder !
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Old 08-22-2022, 11:46 PM   #15
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Exactly what I was thinking, thatís cheap !

Waaaay low. The Gree units i have priced are 1700-1900 for just the unit without installation. Planning 2 more smaller ones in the house and will eventually take over for the central.


OP, the mini splits are the way to go. Plus they have a heat pump for winter.


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Old 08-23-2022, 12:59 AM   #16
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Either will work just fine.
Window units have been used for more years than most here have been alive.. $850 is dirt cheap for a mini split that size AND installed..
A 9,000 BTU window unit is all you need for 400 sq ft.
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Old 08-23-2022, 03:31 AM   #17
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100% mini split. Window unit probably doesn’t have heat, mini split SHOULD.

I’m in the same boat. Will be building a 10x12 shed to be a little man cave/storage spot and will be insulating it. Window unit or mini split, and I’m pretty convinced on the mini split.

Edit: for everyone saying it’s too cheap. I had a Chigo at my old house for 4ish years. I “acquired” it from Afghanistan where I know it sat out with ZERO maintenance done to it for at least 4+ years. Looks like you can get them for around $700.

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Old 08-23-2022, 03:49 AM   #18
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Mini split is coming out of Mexico, I am guessing that’s why the price is so low, I’ll update you guys after I get one up and running! Thanks for the help!
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Old 08-23-2022, 05:18 AM   #19
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Going to be doing the same thing on my shop when we get the rebuild done. Building a man cave/saferoom inside it that will be 12x30. Been looking at getting a mini split for it.
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Old 08-23-2022, 05:57 AM   #20
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Converted my garage 425 sqft foam insulated installed a 12k btu mini split keeps it ice cold!

Mine cost 2300 installed I believe its a 19 or 20 seer rating! Also the thing is super quiet
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Old 08-23-2022, 07:07 AM   #21
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Few things to consider. Pros and cons.
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Old 08-23-2022, 07:29 AM   #22
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Mini splits do a good job cooling, but the ones I have experience with where I work seem to require regular cleaning. We've got a high dollar unit in our server room and a couple of Amazon units in various office spaces. After a while they tend to grow some moldy junk and spit it out of the head. I've watched the HVAC contractor clean them and they treat them with a solution and spray the coils down with some type of mini pressure washer type tool; it always looks like a messy job. The HVAC guy made it sound like that's pretty common with mini splits. I'm no expert and just sharing my experience, so take it for what it's worth.
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Old 08-23-2022, 07:34 AM   #23
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EER on mini is so much higher than window units...quieter too,,,,But the only con on minis is they AINT too Portable...and window units ARE...whatever if you wanting Heat too make sure its Heat Pump type not Heat strips..or it will cost you in E Bills
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Old 08-23-2022, 07:44 AM   #24
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Check out Mrcool diy mini splits. Iíve heard good things about them.
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Old 08-23-2022, 08:56 AM   #25
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for the extra 250 the mini split would be best
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Old 08-23-2022, 08:58 AM   #26
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but i like the sound of the window units better. When it quiet it hard to sleep. But functional wise, mini split dominates, and being that you are not sleeping in your barn, go with the minisplit.
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Old 08-23-2022, 09:09 AM   #27
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Mini splits do a good job cooling, but the ones I have experience with where I work seem to require regular cleaning. We've got a high dollar unit in our server room and a couple of Amazon units in various office spaces. After a while they tend to grow some moldy junk and spit it out of the head. I've watched the HVAC contractor clean them and they treat them with a solution and spray the coils down with some type of mini pressure washer type tool; it always looks like a messy job. The HVAC guy made it sound like that's pretty common with mini splits. I'm no expert and just sharing my experience, so take it for what it's worth.
Just got thru cleaning mine and it was a mess. The squirrel cage was covered in built up gunk. Next time I am paying to have it cleaned. Made a huge difference in the performance of the unit.
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Old 08-23-2022, 09:15 AM   #28
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Mini split all the way
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Old 08-23-2022, 09:15 AM   #29
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I'm looking to cool/heat a 16x16 shack. Concrete slab with sheet metal. No windows but LO said to do whatever we want with it. Done scored some foam board insulation. And purchasing a 3400W Gen/inverter thingamajiggy. Just need to make it tolerable. This will be temporary pending a long term lease/contract.

Could just go with a normal window unit and use propane for heat I guess.
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Old 08-23-2022, 09:21 AM   #30
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I like something framed up for a slide in window unit, I just go buy another when one breaks. I don’t like paying all of that money and then relying on someone else to service it for a hunting shack, camper, or backup system.
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Old 08-23-2022, 09:24 AM   #31
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I like something framed up for a slide in window unit, I just go buy another when one breaks. I donít like paying all of that money and then relying on someone else to service it for a hunting shack, camper, or backup system.
Same here. They are disposable.
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Old 08-23-2022, 09:41 AM   #32
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Get the uv light option to keep the bacteria dust build up way down.
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