selecting a Quick Connect Mini-Split

#1: Measure Room size
The size of the room plays a large part in how powerful your mini-split must be to effectively control the climate of your space. Please see the BTU sizing chart below for help on determining square footage and sizing. Typically, the larger the room, the larger the capacity of the unit must be. But bigger is not always better! For instance, if a mini-split is too big for a space, the room will be cooled quickly, but moisture may not be removed properly. On the other hand, if the mini-split is too small, the desired room temperature may not easily be reached, causing the unit to run too often — shortening the life of the unit and increasing energy usage and cost.
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#2: Consider the Landscape of the Room
The makeup of the room will help determine how powerful of a mini-split you will need to effectively condition a space. Factors such as how close the mini-split will be to the kitchen, high/vaulted ceilings, the number of large appliances in use and how much sunlight exposure the space gets should be taken into consideration, as all of these can reduce the overall effectiveness of your mini-split, requiring larger BTU capacity (see "Additional Factors" below). Use this chart to help match the correct BTU to the square footage of your space.
#3: Confirm Required Electrical Power
Depending on your system’s capacity, the voltage required to support the unit will be either 110/115 to 208/230-volt. Check your home’s control panel to make sure the system can be supported. If you’re unsure about your home’s electrical capabilities, call a certified electrician.
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#4: Distance From Desired Room Installation Location to the Planned Outdoor Unit Site
Mini-splits use two main components: the outdoor (condensing) unit and indoor air-handling (evaporator) unit. The two units must be installed close enough to have the connecting line set reach both the indoor air handling unit and outdoor condenser — no more than 25 feet apart. If the indoor unit is too far from an exterior wall, the mini-split system will not be able to be installed properly.
#5: Drilling an Exterior Wall Hole
As mentioned above, mini-split air handlers and condensers are connected by a line set. To make a connection, a 2½” hole must be drilled through the exterior wall leading to the outdoor unit. Before installation, make sure that the area where the hole is being drilled is free from electrical wiring, piping or other materials that may obstruct drilling, or cause damage.
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#6: Positioning of the Indoor Unit
The indoor air handler needs to be in a location on an exterior wall, where studs can be directly drilled into to support the unit, and be 6 inches from the ceiling and 4.75 inches from an adjacent wall.
#7: Positioning of the Outdoor Unit
The condenser needs to be installed on a smooth, flat surface like a condenser pad, or mounted on a mounting bracket. The condenser will need to sit at least 12 inches from the side of your home. Both locations need to provide good air circulation.
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additional factors

Here are some other factors you may want to consider
when choosing a Quick Connect Mini-Split:
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If your space is extra sunny or has a lot of windows, increase BTU by 10%

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If the room is typically occupied by multiple people or large pets, add 600 BTU per occupant

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If you’re installing the unit in your the kitchen or in an area with large appliances, increase BTU by 2,000

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If you have vaulted ceilings, or tall ceilings over 8 feet, increase BTU by 20%

Advantages of a Mini-Split

They’re great for difficult and unique air conditioning needs
Mini-split systems are highly customizable and offer flexibility for the cooling or heating of individual spaces. They’re great for retro-fitting into any pre-existing space, like an old Victorian that may not be able to have ducts added. They are also great for people downsizing to tiny homes where every inch of space is valuable. Think: overly-hot garages, toasty sunroom and computer server rooms that need to maintain a specific temperature range. The possibilities are endless — no ducts, no problem!

Advantages of a Mini-Split

Mini-split systems are very energy efficient.
Compared to traditional central AC systems, mini-splits avoid much of the energy loss associated with ductwork. The U.S. Department of Energy found that duct losses can account for up to 30% of energy consumption in space heating and cooling. To top it off, mini-splits are equipped with inverter compressor technology that conserves energy. Unlike central AC systems which use a normal compressor, mini-split compressors save energy by using only enough power to reach and maintain the desired set temperature, and then idling until more power is needed.

Advantages of a Mini-Split

Room temperatures can be customized to your needs.
With central air conditioning, individual spaces cannot be temperature controlled, but with mini-splits every space can have its own climate.

Advantages of a Mini-Split

Mini-splits are one of your best options for improved indoor air quality.
Air ducts should be professionally cleaned every 1 to 3 years, or more often if someone in the family has special medical conditions like asthma and allergies. This cleaning can be expensive and with the added cost of central AC filters, maintenance can really start adding up over time. Mini-splits on the other hand don’t have ducts, and instead have reusable filters that can be washed and placed right back into the unit.

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selecting an window air conditioner

#1: Measure the space of your room
It is important to measure the size of your room before starting your buying process as your room’s square footage will help you choose the correct BTU for your air conditioner. To find square footage, measure the length and width of your room, then multiple the two measurements together.
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#2: Determine BTU Capacity
Match the square footage of your room to the corresponding BTU capacity
#3: Confirm Window Opening Size
The window air conditioner will be placed within the opening of your chosen window. Before purchasing a window AC for your space, make sure that your window opening is big enough to accommodate your unit. To do this, open your window all the way and measure the height and width of the opening.
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#4: Check electrical Requirements
Double-check to make sure that your outlet can support your ideal unit.

additional factors

Here are some other factors you may want to consider
when choosing a window air conditioner:
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If your space is extra sunny or has a lot of windows, increase BTU by 10%

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If the room is typically occupied by multiple people or large pets, add 600 BTU per occupant

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If you’re installing the unit in your the kitchen or in an area with large appliances, increase BTU by 2,000

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If you have tall ceilings over 8 feet, increase BTU by 10%

Window Air Conditioner Features to Look For

Timer
Allows you to set specific time frames for your air conditioner to operate to match your lifestyle and your schedule.

Window Air Conditioner Features to Look For

Electronic vs. Mechanical Controls
Electronic controls allow for the ability to choose a more precise temperature setting, while mechanical controls are easy-to-use, but typically have non-precise temperature settings (ex: 1-7).

Window Air Conditioner Features to Look For

Sleep Modes
Designed to adjust temperature and fan speeds for a more comfortable sleep environment

Window Air Conditioner Features to Look For

Auto Modes
Pick the perfect fan and temperature settings based on your space’s current atmosphere.

Window Air Conditioner Features to Look For

Auto Restart Functions
This function will automatically restart the unit at previous settings in case of power outages.

Window Air Conditioner Features to Look For

Humidity Control
Window air conditioners naturally remove humidity while in operation. If you live in an area with high humidity, look for a unit that will efficiently cool and dehumidify — like Denali Aire ACs.

Window Air Conditioner Features to Look For

Remote Controls
Allow for the ability to control the unit from anywhere in the room. Look for remotes that have built-in thermostats, these allow the remote the gauge the room temperature instead of the air conditioner itself — resulting in more accurate, precise temperature control.

Window Air Conditioner Features to Look For

Air Filters
Like all air conditioning systems, air filters are necessary on window ACs. To make your life easier, look out for window air conditioner that use washable, reusable filters. These will not only save you money but are also ecofriendly!

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