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AC year-round?

I want to install an AC, not sure of the model yet, maybe I'll get some help here. Money isn't an issue, I just want one that's actually worth its value. Modern, lasting, and above all, good for year-round use. Whether I want to warm up the place or cool it, I need an AC that complies with my needs. The space I want to use it in is approximately 350 square feet, btw.

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  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Member Posts: 13,150
    Your needs, unhappily, are -- so far -- poorly defined. 350 square feet, however, isn't much. You need to figure out what your maximum cooling need is and what the maximum heating load will be, then select a unit which will meet those requirements. A significant part of the equation will be on the heating side, in terms of the minimum outdoor temperatures in your area.

    Then decide whether it will be a single unit, such as a mini-split, or whether you need the air ducted.

    Once you have that, there are a number of manufacturers of good quality systems out there.
    Br. Jamie, osb

    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.

    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-Mclain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
    Canucker
  • ChrisJChrisJ Member Posts: 11,154
    Although "Modern" and "Long Lasting" really don't mix.
    They're similar to oil and water.....
    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
    ratioSuperTech
  • Zipper13Zipper13 Member Posts: 159
    @ChrisJ , I think the idea might be modern tech and doo-dads/styling from a reliable brand.

    I'm looking for the same this summer for a 200+sf room (likely a minisplit). So I'll be interested to see where this post goes.
    New owner of a 1920s home with steam heat north of Boston.
    Just trying to learn what I can do myself and what I just shouldn't touch
  • SuperTechSuperTech Member Posts: 1,388
    Maybe PTAC units could be an option?
  • ChrisJChrisJ Member Posts: 11,154
    Zipper13 said:

    @ChrisJ , I think the idea might be modern tech and doo-dads/styling from a reliable brand.

    I'm looking for the same this summer for a 200+sf room (likely a minisplit). So I'll be interested to see where this post goes.

    I did an LG 12Kbtu mini split where I work and the room is roughly 120-150 sqft but doors to the outside are constantly being opened etc so I went on the bigger side. It does well both cooling and heating.

    I've always heard Daikin and Fujitsu are where it's at for quality minisplits.
    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
  • unclejohnunclejohn Member Posts: 1,608
    First of all how many "grow lights " will you be using.
    EdTheHeaterMan
  • JellisJellis Member Posts: 207
    I would go with a Unit that a local installer supports, you will want to call them to clean the unit at least yearly. They should have special equipment they use to clean the indoor unit and keep it free of dust, hair and biological growth.


    You should have no problem finding a local dealer that supports a top brand (fujitsu, mitsubishi, and Daiken) are all popular around here and have similar warranty.

    If it is installed and maintained correctly you should get many years of service.

  • ThomasM84ThomasM84 Member Posts: 7
    Brand-wise there are enough to pick from, Koldfront, LG, Haier, Friedrich, and so on. Reliable, have been for a long time on the market, no problem with support. There are enough models that fit your specific wishes, can't recommend a specific one cause I'm not sure what exactly you're looking for and most of them anyway cover the area size you speak of, but I can leave with some useful links.

    Just small tip, don't install it yourself, I'm not for doing this cause you might void the warranty if you make any mistake down the road. But if you do decide to do it on your own, follow the instructions closely, and don't venture if you're totally inexperienced. Also, if possible, do go with a local installer better cause you'll have someone on demand for maintenance and cleaning. But this is up to you, best of luck, I guess.
    https://homeguides.sfgate.com/common-problems-installing-window-air-conditioner-61184.html
    https://www.optimainstitute.com/ac/quiet.html
    https://www.lg.com/us/air-conditioners
    https://www.friedrich.com/consumer/products/window-air-conditioners
    Jellis
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