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Been thinking about heating and cooling my three car garage. These type of systems are supposed to be good for that type of application since running ductwork is not required. Anyone put one of these systems in their garage? If so how well does it work?

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I have built a couple hundred garage storage units and have used the system in many of them as an option. They work extremely well and run relatively inexpensive.

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They work great. Size it by square footage. One advantage is you can install it yourself easily. The other advantage is they are inverter systems and convert the 110 to 12 volt so they are quite efficient. They require only a 15 amp circuit so no heavy wire or 220 needed. You can't go wrong with it.

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A former neighbor of mine was a VP of a very large HVAC company. He put one in his garage which housed restored rare motorcycles. I would consider that a poster child for using them. That said, garage doors are the Achilles heel of insulation in that space. We insulated his doors with 1" rigid foam board.


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not in my garage, in my house. It is a timber frame building, open floor plan, and no ducts, that I built with help from a couple carpenter friends. I put in a Mr. Cool mini-split last summer primarily to cool and dehumidify, and it does both very well. It also has been helpful with heating on those cool evenings just a wee bit too chill to have nothing, but not cold enough to justify building a fire in the wood stove.

The installation of the 24,000 btu units was simple enough, although they are heavy enough that I got help from a bud to move them around. For a garage, you are probably looking at a smaller system than mine, so you can probably do it without any help.

I have been much pleased with mine so far. But just as a pro-tip, you very much want to be sure to clean the air filter as often as specified. It turns out that failure to do so can lead to the fan sucking condensate water up the drain tube and dumping it on your stuff/floor. Don't ask how I know this.





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