Mini splits or other options.

Old 04-07-20, 09:24 AM
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Mini splits or other options.

New house to me, Problem is I have a 22 x 22 x 10 ceiling With that is a room that is 10 x 22 x 10 Would like to air condition and heat. Shop has a 8 x 10 garage door also that is not insulated.
About 20 ft away is a she shed 8 x 10 would also like to condition. Shop small room and she shed had window units in there that don't work.Wondering if a mini split would work for both spaces.
Next kicker is a 26 x 16 sun room that had 2 motel style air conditions also don't work. Wife thinks we will be using this room a lot so will need to condition this space also.
House has been a rental for 5 or more years so I guess these things quit over this time.
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Mini-splits are great solutions, but they are on the pricier side of HVAC options. For the shop, I would at least consider a window (or wall-mount) AC and electric heater. For the small shed, a small AC and baseboard or similar electric heater is probably sufficient too. You could probably get 2 window style ACs and electric heaters for less than $800. Doing the same with a mini-split system you're around $2-$3K.

Regardless of how you decide to condition the spaces, you should also consider insulation. Whether it's heating or cooling, having an uninsulated garage door and 1/2" plywood shed walls - you'll be losing a lot of heat/cool.

For the sun room, what kind of HVAC do you have for the rest of the house? Sunrooms are always difficult to keep temperate, but I don't usually like tacking on extra heaters/ACs for a single room unless it's necessary.

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