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Old 05-26-2010, 07:08 AM
 
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Hi Everyone,
We are finishing a 400sq ft windowless attic space and wondering if anyone in the area has had a mini-split air conditioner installed.
I'm wondering how much to expect it to cost installed. They seem expensive! I need a reputable dealer, a good brand, and I want it to be done with required permits so it's not a problem later when we sell.
Do any of you have a mini-split? How much was it? Do you like it? Thanks!!!
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Old 05-26-2010, 07:30 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I have one, and I love it. It's a climaire; we paid $865 or so about 3 years ago. My husband attached the indoor part to the wall and built the slab outside himself, hooked things up. We had an AC guy take care of the freon. Since we did so much ourselves I couldn't tell you how much installation would be.
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Old 05-26-2010, 01:18 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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I have one, and I love it. It's a climaire; we paid $865 or so about 3 years ago. My husband attached the indoor part to the wall and built the slab outside himself, hooked things up. We had an AC guy take care of the freon. Since we did so much ourselves I couldn't tell you how much installation would be.
Really ?? That's cheap ..must be pretty small unit. But, most cases these units coast far more than window units! Here is a thread where pros & cons are discussed.

Thru the wall AC

A window unit to cool 400SF would cost around 150.00 maybe less. But upstairs you'd want some extra..12,000BTu around 200.00 give or take a few bucks. We have 2 units this size and both slide out of the case. Can be mounted in wall.
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Old 05-26-2010, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Smalltown, USA
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Really ?? That's cheap ..must be pretty small unit. But, most cases these units coast far more than window units! Here is a thread where pros & cons are discussed.

Thru the wall AC

A window unit to cool 400SF would cost around 150.00 maybe less. But upstairs you'd want some extra..12,000BTu around 200.00 give or take a few bucks. We have 2 units this size and both slide out of the case. Can be mounted in wall.

I thought that price sounded pretty cheap too. We have a 400 sf addition and are thinking of a split system. We currently have a window unit in the wall, it is heat and A/C, I think it was $500 or $800. Only problem is it is LOUD! Plus I don't like the look of it sticking thru the wall from the outside.

I think a split system is more around $1500-$2000 NOT installed.
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Old 05-26-2010, 02:31 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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I thought that price sounded pretty cheap too. We have a 400 sf addition and are thinking of a split system. We currently have a window unit in the wall, it is heat and A/C, I think it was $500 or $800. Only problem is it is LOUD! Plus I don't like the look of it sticking thru the wall from the outside.

I think a split system is more around $1500-$2000 NOT installed.
I've only read about the split systems..however did run across a fore runner. It was a small Coldspot maybe 20 years back. I know no one likes a window a/c sticking out. But, get a 12,000 btu for close to 200 bucks and it slides out of the case. Mount it in least conspicuous wall. Buy 2 or 3 or more identical units and store. One goes out or needs cleaning ..just trade them out. In your case you have in home service . But, for those who don't.
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Old 05-26-2010, 02:40 PM
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I've used a Friedrich split system for over 3 yrs now. Not one problem, it is rather expensive initally, but no big hole in the wall, no noise, no dripping water down the side of the house, etc. Plus, to me, there's nothing worse than seeing a window unit on the outside of a house.

Talk about ghetto (this is a recurring sarcastic remark)

I'd do it all over again. Forgot what it cost, maybe $1500?
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Old 05-26-2010, 03:36 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I have mine in a converted attic. There are two windows but still in the summer it's 98 degrees up there. So I turn it on before I use the room; the temperature drops to 80 degrees in just a few minutes. (I haven't used it yet this year and I don't remember how many minutes, but really it's quick.)
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Old 05-29-2010, 03:29 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Sort of related - I hope your roof is shaded - otherwise I'd seriously recommend going with foam insulation for the ceiling.
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Old 05-29-2010, 07:45 AM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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One other caveat....I'm not sure that you can have a room without a window - fire dept. rules. I could well be wrong on this, but down the road if you go to sell it, I have a feeling that it'd be a huge issue - not sure that you could even get it permitted.
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Old 08-17-2010, 10:32 AM
 
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If you want a Good Deal On A Mini Split You Should Visit Invincible-Electronics.com, they gave me a hell of a deal- unbeatable by their competitors
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