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10 Ways to Hide That Air Conditioner

Feeling boxed in designing around your mini-split air conditioner? Try one of these clever disguises and distractions Full Story
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We converted our garage to a huge den about twenty years ago, and installed a big motel style wall HVAC unit. Noisy, ugly, expensive, always breaking down. It's our favorite room in the house, so everyone was either sweating bullets, or fighting over dogs as a lap warmer.

Last year we had it pulled out, drywalled over (with new siding on the outside) the hole, and replaced it with a Mitsubishi Mr. Slim minisplit unit. Love it! It heats and cools our 440sq foot room almost instantly, and has motion detectors that sense where to shoot the air to.

I was worried about it gaping out from the wall, but the other comments are correct. You don't "see" it after a while. And it beats the heck out of the eyesore that used to be stuck in the wall.

If I could replace our entire HVAC system with these, I would, but it's pricey for a large house. The one for the den was about $5,000, and they told us that unfortunately there was no way to attach it to the sauna that is our sunroom, since they are on opposite ends of the house. Darn!

If ever we build the dream house, it will be all mini split units.
July 31, 2014 at 7:50AM     
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You can also install HRV's (Heat Recovery Ventilators) to distribute the air. We've installed DHPs into larger homes and minimized the indoor units this way. The HRVs work well in about half of the U.S.
July 31, 2014 at 7:59AM   
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