Those split units are really cool. I just moved / bought a new house, and have been thinking of installing one of those in my garage. Those units aren't actually all that new. They're new to the US, but they have been around for decades in the rest of the world. We have big massive HVAC units in our homes, but throughout most of Asia, this is what most people have in their smaller homes / apartments. They are fantastic units.
Your right, I was very skeptical that a radiant barrier would work. It dropped the temperature from 121 to 87 before using any AC.
Was easy to install by myself, - although a 2nd person would have made the process go faster. Used a hammer tacker to staple to rafters.
I was thinking of removing my drywall ceiling in my garage to give me a little bit more perceivable space... I am definitely not doing that now. I've had the ladder down the past few days and noticed it's been really hot in the garage. Amazing how much difference that can make!
The material that I have used for decades is REFLECTIX.
It is reflective on both sides and works wonders.
We did the shop last summer using foil faced foam board (there is a a place in our area that sells seconds from the manufacturer) and it has really done a nice job with keeping it cool in summer and easy to heat in the winter.
The board isn't as easy to install as the REFLECTIX, but the board was really low priced and does a good job.
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I need that whole treatment for my garage. It's just unbearably hot in the summer.
Originally posted by 82-T/A [At Work]:
Those split units are really cool. I just moved / bought a new house, and have been thinking of installing one of those in my garage.
82-T/A & Hudini , I'm sure you both would be able to install one of these in a few hours.
The overall install process is fairly easy. The hardest part for me was using hole saw cutting through cinderblock wall. Once that was done, I installed the mounting bracket, and ran the lines through the hole and clicked the air handler into it's bracket. At that point I realized I was half way done. I remember saying to myself, wow, this was easy. Hooking up the refrigeration lines to the outside unit was easy. I did need help from forum members on hooking up the power to the cut off box.
I choose the 12K unit for a number of reasons, mainly because it was the largest 120 volt unit available, and my garage did not have 220.
I'm thinking about installing another one in my attached garage also. Should do great as it's smaller area.
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LOL, It's funny how long those things have been on the market. I had one in the mid nineties. The only thing it successfully did was extracting money out of my wallet and was good at creating mold inside the unit. I don't know how they can get away with saying they'll cool a whole room.