Garage Heater and AC (With Ductless DIY Installation Kit)

Garage Heater and AC

Getting your garage to a comfortable temperature is now easier than ever, especially for DIYer homeowners. (Below) in this article, I will cover some aspects of this excellent DIY ductless garage heater and AC mini split that you should consider for any interior room as well. So, let’s dive right into it.

Garage Heater and AC (With DIY Installation Kit)

I highly recommend that homeowners consider a ductless mini-split heat pump with the DIY installation kit for garage heating and cooling or any room space. Here’s why.

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Can a Mini-Split Heat Pump Heat a Garage?

Just to put things in perspective, for example, the size of a three-car garage is about 750 square feet of room. The unit shown above has 24,000 BTUs and can cover up to 1,000 square feet of room, in this case, giving you that extra BTUs for extreme weather days. This ductless mini-split heat pump model is unique because, as I mentioned earlier, it includes a DIY installation kit, making it easier for homeowners to install it without vacuuming the system.

Now, for those unfamiliar with vacuuming an HVAC system. When installing an HVAC, the vacuum step process is crucial to do at all costs. Still, it requires a special vacuum that only an HVAC professional would most likely carry in their work truck. So, with that said, what the manufacturer did with the mini-split heat pump pictured above is eliminate the vacuum step process by pre-vacuuming and charging the system, including the lines, so that anyone can have the advantage of installing this unique ductless mini-split heat pump. So basically, for the most part, it’s a plug-and-play installation.

The only challenge you may encounter in installing this ductless mini-split is installing the electrical wiring. If you are not knowledgeable in the electrical field, I suggest you call your local electrician for this step. And finally, I also strongly recommend that BTU sizing up is always a good idea because of the extreme weather days. Not having a system that can cope with extreme weather conditions will be unfortunate and costly.

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Tools You’ll Need For Installation

Some of the tools you will need for this specific heat pump installation are a drill, level, stud finder, 3.5-inch hole saw, and two adjustable wrenches. (Below) I will cover the aspects, prices, pros, and cons of a garage ductless mini-split.

Garage Ductless Mini-Split: Aspects, Prices, Pros & Cons

Cooling or heating a garage with no ductwork or ventilation can be a challenge. It can be expensive to have your ductwork installed in an existing garage. Again, this is why I like to recommend a mini-split system, but what exactly are they, and are they worth the price?

What is a Ductless Mini-Split?

A ductless mini-split is a type of heater and air conditioner appliance. Some models only function as air conditioners, while others also have a heating function. A ductless AC is an air conditioning system designed to cool spaces without ducts. Ductless mini-split ACs are popular in warmer climates in Asia, Central, and South America, the southern United States, and northern climates. Deciding whether you should purchase a ductless air conditioner or a heat pump will depend primarily on where you live and your specific home and needs.

Ductless Mini-Split System Prices

The average price including the installation of a 24,000 BTU capacity ductless mini-split heat pump unit can range from $2500 to $3000. When it comes to the cost of a ductless system, space is most important, i.e., the more area you have to heat or cool, the more indoor and outdoor units you will need. Generally, the price of a ductless air conditioning system is usually at least comparable to that of a central air conditioning system. Unlike a central air conditioner, ductless systems cannot rely on existing ductwork or the blower systems of a home’s forced-air heating system to circulate cool air. Therefore, in addition to the outdoor unit, more than one indoor unit must be installed in each room being cooled, which increases the total cost.

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Ductless Mini-Split Applications

Ductless mini-split systems are typically installed in older homes or buildings that are heated with a boiler or electric baseboard and in warmer climates where ductwork is not standard. For example, cottage condominiums, and smaller homes are ideal settings for the mini-split system as well. Some homeowners also install ductless mini-split air conditioners to help provide additional cooling to the upper floors of a larger home. Because central air conditioners sometimes have difficulty cooling the second or third floor.

Ductless Mini-Split Pros & Cons

A ductless mini-split system can offer more flexibility for unconventional spaces and non-ducted locations, including commercial buildings. A ductless mini-split system can lower the total cost compared to purchasing a new furnace and central air conditioner. However, suppose you need to purchase multiple units and heads or require a ductless system that does both heating and cooling. In that case, the cost can easily approach $6,000 to $8,000 or more, including installation and all associated fees.

Many ductless split systems can be more efficient and cost-effective than other solutions, significantly if you upgrade an older system or replace several window or portable units. However, be wary of electricity rates and usage, especially if you consider a ductless system for heating because ductless heat pumps run entirely on electricity, which can be very costly in cold winter months, depending on local electricity prices. Overall, a mini-split system is an excellent heating and cooling solution for a variety of circumstances.