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Old 05-05-2022, 01:33 PM   #1
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Iím building a shop that will have a small living area (300 sq ft). It will just be a bathroom with shower/toilet/sink and the remainder living/bed etc. If I install a mini split would I need a 2 zone unit? Or, is s a mini split not the best way to heat/cool? Thanks for any help, I have no experience with these units.
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Old 05-05-2022, 01:41 PM   #2
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Iím building a shop that will have a small living area (300 sq ft). It will just be a bathroom with shower/toilet/sink and the remainder living/bed etc. If I install a mini split would I need a 2 zone unit? Or, is s a mini split not the best way to heat/cool? Thanks for any help, I have no experience with these units.
Mini-Split is absolutely your best option.....affordable, efficient and easy to install. You can get up to a 1 ton mini split inverter in 120v that is more than you will need. I would not get a 2 zone for a space that small, just put a pass through fan in the wall that goes to the bathroom
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Old 05-05-2022, 01:53 PM   #3
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^ I agree with this. I just had mini splits installed around the house. You could get a 2 zone and only install 1 cassette and see how that works for you and add the other cassette later if one ends up not being enough or you change your mind down the road.
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Old 05-05-2022, 01:54 PM   #4
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We had 1 in our 480 sq ft cabin & it was great.
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Old 05-05-2022, 02:12 PM   #5
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1 zone
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Old 05-05-2022, 02:17 PM   #6
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Just put one on the garage...
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Old 05-05-2022, 02:40 PM   #7
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1 zone. Put an exhaust fan in that bathroom to remove moisture and it will be fine.

I would recommend an actual HVAC company that sells quality equipment like Daikin or Mitsubishi and stands behind their work. Don't be lured by the guy named Hector on FB marketplace that installs AUX, Mr. Cool, Pioneer, etc. brand for $900. They are absolute junk and parts for them are impossible to find.
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Old 05-05-2022, 02:46 PM   #8
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Following...In the market for one too
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Old 05-05-2022, 02:47 PM   #9
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That's small enough for a window unit. Exhaust the bath like stated above. You can get a 10k btu window unit cooling only and use a small ceramic heater for winter. I've done it and you can stay with only 120 for power.
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Old 05-05-2022, 06:53 PM   #10
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That's small enough for a window unit. Exhaust the bath like stated above. You can get a 10k btu window unit cooling only and use a small ceramic heater for winter. I've done it and you can stay with only 120 for power.
My grandpaís 1500sf lake house used 1 unit per 500sf , I have followed that model on every rent house , deer camp , fishing shack, for 40 years
I hate dealing with repair people and keep some extra window units NIB in my garage
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Old 05-06-2022, 06:43 AM   #11
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While I’m all about mini splits, I do think it’s overkill for your 300sqft area. I feel a window unit(5000btu) would better fit the job at hand.

I will say that I watched Chigo brand mini splits work for YEARS in hot arse Afghanistan with minimal to zero maintenance. I then acquired one of those units, brought it home and installed it in my 12x16 shed where it continued without issue for 3 years before I sold the house. Not sure where they stack up these days on price, but they were cheaper than most when I installed it. If I were doing it tomorrow, I’d be getting something like a Chigo or the Mr Cool DIY kit that wouldn’t require me to have a vacuum pulled on the lines.
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Old 05-07-2022, 05:20 AM   #12
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Just installed one in 12’x24’ Sheshed-1ton unit. Love it!
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Old 06-26-2022, 08:21 PM   #13
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Just put one on the garage...
Can you please tell me the make and model of the one you installed? Thanks

I just had my roof replaced on my garage which is foamed. Also had them pull the whirlybird off. It's freaking hot in there now. I think my only option is a Mini Split.
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Old 06-26-2022, 08:28 PM   #14
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My grandpaís 1500sf lake house used 1 unit per 500sf , I have followed that model on every rent house , deer camp , fishing shack, for 40 years
I hate dealing with repair people and keep some extra window units NIB in my garage
What size window unit per 500 sq ft?
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Old 06-26-2022, 09:11 PM   #15
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We had really good luck in our two story barn with portable ac units. Some of them come with both heat and air.
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Old 06-26-2022, 09:27 PM   #16
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While Iím all about mini splits, I do think itís overkill for your 300sqft area. I feel a window unit(5000btu) would better fit the job at hand.

I will say that I watched Chigo brand mini splits work for YEARS in hot arse Afghanistan with minimal to zero maintenance. I then acquired one of those units, brought it home and installed it in my 12x16 shed where it continued without issue for 3 years before I sold the house. Not sure where they stack up these days on price, but they were cheaper than most when I installed it. If I were doing it tomorrow, Iíd be getting something like a Chigo or the Mr Cool DIY kit that wouldnít require me to have a vacuum pulled on the lines.
I have three Mr. Cools. If you only need them for a year go ahead and spend your money. If you want something that lasts a little longer go with a better brand.
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Old 06-27-2022, 06:19 AM   #17
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Can you please tell me the make and model of the one you installed? Thanks

I just had my roof replaced on my garage which is foamed. Also had them pull the whirlybird off. It's freaking hot in there now. I think my only option is a Mini Split.
I bought a Mr Cool. All here are saying it is junk. We will see...
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Old 06-27-2022, 06:22 AM   #18
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I installed a Mr cool over a year ago at the ranch house. It’s been great. Fixing to buy another one for the other end of the house.
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Old 06-27-2022, 07:10 AM   #19
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Would a 2 Tom be to much for a 300sq ft with 11’ ceilings?
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Old 06-27-2022, 08:31 AM   #20
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I originally intended to put a mini split in the 300sqft living quarters in my shop, but ultimately ended up with a window unit for a/c and a small electric heater for winter. No issues.
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Old 06-27-2022, 08:46 AM   #21
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Looks like our space is too limited for the outside unit, well to hide it.

Did anyone see the thread last week or so about settings some kind of AC in a camper while in storage? I can't find it. If so, can you post the link or do you know what kind of unit they had. They were only trying to keep the temp at 85.
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Old 07-10-2022, 04:01 PM   #22
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Considering a Mini Split in my detached garage. Do you think I can put the condenser in the attic of the garage?
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Old 07-10-2022, 05:08 PM   #23
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I’m finalizing my plans for my shed in the back yard. 10x12. The over the sill window units caught my eye, but part of me still wants a mini split. $400 for a nice over the sill window unit with no heat(and not as efficient) vs $700-$800 for a mini split.

Decisions decisions.
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Old 07-10-2022, 06:31 PM   #24
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1 zone. Put an exhaust fan in that bathroom to remove moisture and it will be fine.

I would recommend an actual HVAC company that sells quality equipment like Daikin or Mitsubishi and stands behind their work. Don't be lured by the guy named Hector on FB marketplace that installs AUX, Mr. Cool, Pioneer, etc. brand for $900. They are absolute junk and parts for them are impossible to find.
^ This Based on my experience is spot on.
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Old 07-10-2022, 10:07 PM   #25
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I’ve decided to go with a window unit. I can always install a mini later, if the w/u doesn’t satisfy and it’s cheaper……
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Old 07-11-2022, 08:01 AM   #26
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Iíve decided to go with a window unit. I can always install a mini later, if the w/u doesnít satisfy and itís cheaperÖÖ
Which window unit? Anything specific? Iím eyeballing this one:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/GE/5013366701

Figure when I wire up the shed I will put an exterior plug on one of the 20amp circuits and a plug or two in the general area I would be putting the mini split. Allows me to add it later if I donít go with it right off the start.
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Old 07-11-2022, 08:29 AM   #27
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We have a small garage apartment in the city we lease that is slightly over 400 sq feet. They have a 220v window unit to heat and cool it. It will get very cool and warm as needed. When I arrive on a hot day like today it does take a couple of hous to cool down.
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Old 07-11-2022, 11:20 AM   #28
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Which window unit? Anything specific? Iím eyeballing this one:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/GE/5013366701

Figure when I wire up the shed I will put an exterior plug on one of the 20amp circuits and a plug or two in the general area I would be putting the mini split. Allows me to add it later if I donít go with it right off the start.
Havenít decided yet, but Midea seems to have good reviews and supposed to be very quiet.
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Old 07-13-2022, 03:39 AM   #29
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Havenít decided yet, but Midea seems to have good reviews and supposed to be very quiet.
I read quite a few reviews saying they make a solid unit. They have their version of an over the sill type too.
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Old 07-13-2022, 07:34 PM   #30
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I've got our local AC company coming to give me an estimate on putting a mini split in my shop (single car garage)...i'm getting too old and it's too dang hot to work in there!! I know nothing about them other than it's supposed to be the best option for cooling a garage. Wish they'd hurry up so I can maybe use it this year!haha
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