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MRCOOL DIY Mini Split, Seriously, I Think...

Pretty sure I am about to pull the trigger on an 18K version of the MRCOOL DIY mini split. I am put off a little by the lack of reviews, and the thing seems too good to be true, but... There aren't any negative reviews, either the things work great and almost no one bothers to post a positive review, or they have only ever sold about 5 of them. And if 2 of those 5 were bad, we all know there would be negative reviews all over the internet.

I have to do something, I had the garage insulated when it was built, and we are reaching the season where it is going to get hot in there and stay hot, plus as I was warned, the humidity is obviously high inside. We have seen upper 80's to low 90's so far, and I am sure I will not be using the space much without A/C.

I have a couple of quotes, one for a Trane (actually a rebadged Gree) and one for Daiken, each around 4 grand before we start talking about rebates and incentives and all. I think they got the Trane down to $3,600 and 0% financing for 36 months or such. I'm all about supporting good local companies, and yes, the expertise and warranty on the work is worth something to me, but I can't see over 4K for a unit I can buy on the internet for $1,200 with a different sticker. I was all but told that they essentially charge the same prices for mini splits as traditional split systems. I guess duct work and wiring separate thermostats is free. I have already spent way over what I intended on this garage, I don't see another 3 to 4 grand, even if it is financed at 0%.

So... For $1,200 I can have a pre-charged unit with a nifty pre-charged line set deal delivered to my door. If it lasts 3 or 4 years I think I still get my investment out of it. It is supposed to have a 5 year warranty on everything, 7 on compressor. Of course if it needs a compressor in 5 years, it's probably time to replace the whole thing.

I have thought about window units, but a window unit with heat and cool in the same BTU is $600 or so, and the mini split should be more efficient to operate. Plus I am not supposed to have a window unit in the neighborhood, and I don't really want to give up the window. I would likely still need a dehumidifier also.

Thoughts ? Encouragement ? Talk me down ?

If I go forward, I promise it will be posted and reviewed here for everyone to see.

Thanks for reading the rambling,

Jason

 

Sours: https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/threads/mrcool-diy-mini-split-seriously-i-think.330969/

Before You Buy

MRCOOL DIY Series Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner & Heat Pump

MRCOOL DIY Series Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner & Heat Pump

Pros

  • Product Comes In A Variety of Sizes Capable Of Cooling Rooms Up To Fifteen-Hundred Square Feet
  • Air Conditioner Comes With Full Heater As Well
  • Consumers Have Stated That These Are Some Of The Quietest Systems They Have Ever Owned
  • Five Year Parts Warranty & Seven Year Compressor Warranty

Cons

  • Can Be Difficult To Install, You May Need Professional HVAC Help
  • The Cost On These Units Can Deter Some Consumers.
  • This Is The In Between Option For Users Unsure If They Want A Window Unit Or A Full AC System
  • Some Complaints Of Unit Not Working Out Of The Box, But Warranty Will Cover You

Buy Now!

A friend of mine is approaching retirement. He has just a few years left and he is already making plans. One of these plans of his was to purchase a small cottage in the Ozarks. For those of you who aren’t from Kansas City, the Ozarks are a few hours south of here and are very similar to Appalachia. There are lots of forests, rivers, and hunting to be had. The place he purchased came with over thirty acres to play around with. The home though was rather small at only around twelve-hundred square feet. The home was also very old and did not have a central air conditioning system. There was an old window unit in the living room that did a mediocre job of cooling the home but it didn’t help for the winter months, it didn’t reach the bedrooms, and it needed to be replaced anyways.

He brought this up a few weeks ago when we were having a few and I told him to look into getting a ductless system. You see a ductless system can give you significantly more power then a standard window or mobile air conditioner. Along with the additional power it is much less of an eye sore. I didn’t see the old window unit that he had at his home but I can only imagine what it looked like. You’ve all seen them. Those old rusted looking units that look like they could fall at any moment. A ductless system mounts to your interior wall and to the outside of your home. You don’t lose a window. You don’t have to cut a huge hole in your wall to fit the wall unit. All you need is a three to four inch hole to fit the refrigerant lines through and you are good to go!

Personally, I am a big fan of ductless systems. Obviously, I am going to go with a central unit first if it’s possible, but if it’s not then I am going for the ductless. Yes they are more expensive but you are getting a better product too. In this article we are going to take an in-depth look at one of these ductless systems, MRCool Do-It-Yourself Smart Air Conditioner and Heater.

Please note that this will be a comprehensive review. I will try and cover everything including sizing requirements, installation, product features, the pros, and the cons. You can expect a lot of reading on your part but at the end you will definitely know what you are getting into and if this is the right product for you and your family.

Ok folks so before we get into the features and the pros/cons of these air conditioners from MRCOOL I want to cover a few topics: Sizing and Installation. These sections are key for when you are shopping for a ductless system. The sizing allows you to accurately predict exactly what size air conditioner that you need and the install section will give you an idea of what to expect when the air conditioner arrives at your home.

Sizing

Before you buy we need to understand how sizing in air conditioning system works. It is not as simple as just picking the biggest and baddest model on the market. If you purchase a unit that is rated to cool one-thousand square feet and you put it in your one-hundred and fifty square feet office your air conditioner is going to have difficulty extracting the humidity from the air as well as evenly distributing the cooler air. The end result will be hot and cool spots throughout the room. That isn’t even mentioning the increased monthly cost to run a much larger machine then you needed in the first place. This will leave you feeling frustrated due to the hot and cool spots as well as paying more money per month then you should be.

Now, if we do the inverse of this scenario and buy a smaller air conditioner for a much larger area your unit will be running constantly all day and night just trying to keep up by cooling the larger square footage. This will result in the room not being as cold as it should be as well as significantly increasing the energy bills for running your AC non-stop. Remember folks, air conditioners are supposed to hit a desired temperature, turn off, and then turn back on when the temperature begins to rise. If they are running constantly that means higher bills as well as quicker parts failure on the unit.

To understand air conditioner sizing you need to understand British Thermal Units, or BTUs. If you have already been looking online or in stores you have probably noticed that window air conditioners always have a BTU number in their description. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat.  In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. Using that standard measurement let’s do some match based off of the 24,000 BTU rating example we pulled from earlier.

24,000 / 30 = 800 square feet

To ensure that you are buying the right sized air conditioner for your room it is best to measure it. To get the square footage of your room measure the width and depth of your room and then multiply the numbers together to get your square footage. As an example if you have a ten foot by eleven foot room you have one-hundred and ten square foot.

There are also other considerations when looking at your room. Yes, the size of the room definitely matters but these other scenarios could have a play into what kind of air conditioner you should purchase such as is the room sunny all day? How many people will be in the room at a time? How tall is the ceiling? Is the room in the kitchen or other hot appliance? All of these are signs that you need to increase the BTUs for your air conditioner.

The MRCOOL Ductless Systems come in a variety of sizes. To give you a better idea of what square footage they all fall under we’ve broken it down for you below. Just keep in mind folks that if you have some of the exceptions we mentioned above that you will need to increase the BTUs required.

Install

This product is marketed as a do-it-yourself project. While that is great and doing it yourself can save you a bundle when it comes to hiring a professional HVAC technician, you should know exactly what you are getting into before you purchase. Doing it yourself doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy and if you guess your way through it then you not only risk voiding your warranty but you could also end up harming yourself or others when it comes to the electrical work. If you do wish to install the unit yourself then please continue reading on exactly what will need to be done.

First, the good news is that everything is included in the kit including a detailed installation manual. This manual can also be found at the bottom of this article under our ‘Important Link’s section if you wish to view an online copy. It should be noted that this kit does NOT come with exterior mounting brackets and superficial coverings. If you wish to go this route you will have to purchase these extra. The right brackets and coverings though can easily be found on Amazon by clicking here for the brackets and here for the coverings. The coverings are more aesthetic then anything, but they can provide an extra bit of protection to your lines. It is up to you if you want the extra expense or not.MRCOOL DIY Series Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner & Heat Pump1

Now, for the install there are four main sections that will have to be done. The first two are the easiest. When you order this product you will receive an indoor section and an outdoor section. The outside section can either be mounted against your home using support brackets or it can be installed at ground level as long as you create a completely level floor pad. Most folks opt for the floor pad option as it is overall easier to install this way and if you have to do maintenance on the unit down the road you will have much easier access. Creating the floor pad can be done with bricks, cinder blocks, or even your own concrete pad.

The inside unit will need to be mounted up against an exterior wall. Some folks have done interior walls, and while yes it is possible… I would not recommend it. Remember, that once the interior section is mounted you will need to connect the refrigerant pipes and the condensation line to the outside unit. This is why it makes sense to have them on the other side of the wall.

When mounting the interior unit be sure to mount it high up against the wall, close to the ceiling. This is done for two main reasons. The first is that the fan or blower is located at the bottom of the unit. So, the higher the unit is mounted in the room the more easily the air can be distributed. If you have it towards the bottom of the room then all your cold air is blowing up against the floor. The other reason is the condensation line. This is where the water will drain through when excess humidity is removed from your home. This line is gravity fed so if your unit is floor level that water will have nowhere to go.

Alright folks so now we have the easy parts covered. The next point, and a tricky point for a lot of folks, is feeding the refrigerant and condensation lines through your home and connecting them to the exterior section. In order to do this you will need to cut a three and a half inch hole in the wall nearby where you have chosen to mount your interior unit. This is where you will feed the lines. When planning this out you should note that the MRCOOL unit comes with twenty-five feet of refrigerant line. To some this amount of piping is a blessing and to others a cruse. If you only have about ten feet needed then you have to be creative and find a way to ‘hide’ the other fifteen feet.

This unit from MRCOOL comes precharged with refrigerant. What that means is that the system is ready to go and no vacuuming or charging of the system is required. While this is a great pro it can also be a detriment as you have to be extra careful when routing these refrigerant lines through the hole and to the outside unit. Make no mistake, this is the hardest part of the install. You can NOT bend the lines. You can NOT cut or modify the tubing. If any of this occurs and a crack or leak forms in the tubing then all of the refrigerant will leak out and you will have a useless machine. If this does happen then you need to identify the source of the leak, patch it, and then charge your system again with refrigerant. You will most likely need a HVAC professional’s help in this scenario. But, hopefully it doesn’t come to this and you are very careful with the piping.

Once the tubing has been routed through the hole and both sections have been mounted you are now ready to seal the three and a half inch hole we made earlier. A lot of folks used weather proof insulation. I like the spray foam that expands. Either way, you need to seal this hole up to prevent drafts, water, and anything else from getting in there.

Alright folks, the last section of the install is the electrical portion. The twelve-thousand BTU unit requires a one-hundred and ten connection whereas the larger sizes require a two-hundred and twenty volt connection. Please note that regardless of what size of ductless system you choose it will have to be hardwired to your circuit box either through a one-hundred and ten or a two-hundred and twenty volt connection. Now, I’ll be completely honest with you here folks, I do not have much electrical expertise and it would be wrong for me to steer you a certain way for the install. From my research though I have found that you need a fifteen amp breaker for the smaller twelve-thousand unit and a twenty amp breaker for the larger sizes. Now, as to how to install these and connect them I am not knowledgeable enough to guide you. If you are not familiar with how to do this then I would recommend reaching out to an electrician once you have the unit itself setup and ready to go. It is best not to guess with electrical work and if you do it wrong then you risk voiding your warranty… not to mention harming yourself. Electricity is no joke.

Once you have finished the electrical work and everything else is done it is recommended by the manufacturer to run the air conditioner for ten to fifteen minutes and monitor the system for leaks. If the air conditioner passes then run the heater for ten to fifteen minutes as well. Note that the heater may take longer for it to truly start up so it may be best to let it run for a half-hour or so just to ensure everything is working as it should be. For any further questions or concerns when it comes to installation please click here to be taken to the official Mr Cool’s installation instructions. This should answer any questions that you have BEFORE you purchase.

Now that we have the sizing and installation sections covered we can begin to look at exactly what these products from MRCOOL have to offer. The first and most important point here is to recognize the various modes that these units come with. Each mode is important and can help you in making your purchasing decision. These units come with an Auto mode, a Cool mode, a Fan mode, and a Dry mode (Dehumidifier). Let’s take a look at these:

  • Cool – This is your air conditioning mode and can cool your home all the way down to sixty-two degrees. Although most folks prefer temperatures between sixty-eight to seventy degrees. This cool mode will work to cool your home even when outside temperatures range from five degrees to one-hundred and twenty-two degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Heat – These units from MRCOOL also come with a full heating mode. What is most exciting about this feature though is that the heater’s BTUs are mostly aligned with the air conditioners BTUs. What I mean by this is that in other air conditioners/heater combos you see the air conditioner has a significantly higher BTU number then the heater. This results in a far less powerful heater and requires you to have supplemental heat in your home along with this heater. But, with these units from MRCOOL the heater is very close the air conditioner BTUs. This heater will also work at maximum capacity with temperatures as low as five degrees Fahrenheit. Anything below five degrees then the heater will work but it will see diminished capacity.
  • Auto – The auto mode is pretty self explanatory. This is similar to most homes with a central system that have an auto mode. All this does is determine if the heater or air conditioner needs to be on. It will actively monitor the temperature in the room and turn one of these on to reach your desired temperature level. This is more of a hands off approach. I’ve never been a fan of auto myself. I like to have ‘heat’ mode in the winter and ‘cool’ mode in the summer, but that’s just my personal preference.
  • Dry Mode – Dry mode is actually just a dehumidifier mode. This allows you to dehumidify your home without cooling your home. I’m not sure how often you would use this as the air conditioner itself is a dehumidifier as well and most of the time if you are trying to dehumidify then you needing to cool as well. This dehumidifier will work between the inside temperature range of fifty to ninety degrees Fahrenheit. Outside temperature range between thirty-two to one-hundred and twenty-two degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Fan – The fan mode is just that. It is a fan without any cooling or heating effects. This is just the blower of the interior running and circulating air. This may be great to have if you have a fire in the fireplace and don’t necessarily want the heater on as well. The fan will help circulate the warm air without kicking that heater on.

Other Features

Along with your other basic modes that we mentioned above there are some other ancillary features that come with these Mr Cool air conditioners. These aren’t huge features but still good to know. The first is what’s known as the auto-restart. Let’s say for example it’s in the middle of summer and a bad storm rolls through the neighborhood and cuts power from your home. When power is restored at your home then your MRCOOL unit will turn back on and at the same settings it was at before. This is one less thing that you have to worry about resetting when your power comes back on.MRCOOL DIY Series Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner & Heat Pump1

Another neat feature is what’s known as ‘louver angle memory.’ What this means is that when your appliance is turned off and then turned back on it will automatically remember the angle of the louvers from when it was last shut off. This is similar to the power loss feature we mentioned above. It ensures consistency when powering on your air conditioner.

This next one will be very important for those of you who elect to install this product yourself. Remember how I said earlier that you had to be very careful with the refrigerant lines and that you were not to bend them? If worse comes to worse and you do get a leak in your system the MRCOOL unit will actually alert you of said leak. If a refrigerant leak is occurring you will get an ‘EC’ error message come up on the inside unit. As to how to find the leak that is a whole other story. I did an article on this topic a few years ago which can be found by clicking here.

This product from MRCOOL comes with a remote and built in WiFi. The WiFi allows you to connect your phone to the appliance through the MRCOOL application. From here you have your own personal remote on your phone that will allow you to adjust temperatures, modes, and any other settings you require. The remote gives you the same functions as the phone app does but is overall easier to operate.

There are two extra features though on the remote though that I want to point out. The first is what is known as the ‘Follow Me’ function. This option will actually have the MRCOOL appliance read the temperature in the room where the remote is. So, if you have the inside unit setup in your living room but the remote is in your kitchen then it will keep running until the desired temperature is reached within the kitchen. This is a handy feature as it will give you a degree of separation between the cold air blowing and the thermostat itself. Otherwise, you will have the thermostat right next to where the cold air is coming out.

The last feature I’ll mention here is what is known as ‘Sleep Mode.’ This sleep mode is only accessible through the remote. When this is turned on the product will slowly adjust the temperature up or down every hour depending on if it’s in cool or heat mode. It will hold these temperature for seven hours and when the time is up it will revert back to it’s previous programmed temperature. This is a great function for you folks who want to save on your energy bills.

A lot of the pros on this product we have already covered in our product feature section, so there may be some repetition here. The biggest pro on these MRCOOL products are the various modes and the capacity of these modes. What I mean by that is you have a fully functioning air conditioner and a fully functioning heater that can work in temperatures as low as five degrees and up to temperatures of one-hundred and twenty-two degrees. This product has you covered. The only exception I would say is that if  you live in the far north and experience temperatures way below zero routinely throughout the year. Otherwise, this unit can handle whatever you throw at it.

The other big pro here is the warranty on the unit. These products come with a five year parts replacement warranty. Along with this you also get a seven year replacement warranty on the compressor. This keeps you covered in case of any your parts fail. The extra two years on the compressor is great as well as compressors are some of the most commonly failed parts when it comes to air conditioning. This warranty is much better then the competition. If you look at the Pioneer ductless system you will only find a two year parts warranty. Quite the difference if you ask me.

This warranty is NOT voided if you install this unit yourself. Remember folks, this is a do-it-yourself product. The only caveat here is that if you guess you way through the electrical work then you could void the warranty. If you are unsure on how to do the electrical connection then I would hire a professional to ensure you warranty stays in tact. For more on MRCOOL’s warranty click here to be taken to their official warranty page.MRCOOL DIY Series Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner & Heat Pump1

The last pro I want to mention here is the overall volume of the unit. For those of you who have experience with window units you will know just how loud they can get during operation. You will not have this problem with this ductless system. No, these units are extremely quiet. In fact many folks don’t even realize the machine is on. It is that quiet.

We are now ready for the cons of this ductless system. Before I get into this though I first want to state that overall this is a great product and the cons I mention below are similar to what you find with other ductless systems. The big con here, especially on this MRCOOL system, is the expense. These units are very expensive, especially compared to some of the competing lines like the Pioneer model we mentioned in our pros section. The difference though is that with the MRCOOL brand you are getting a fully functioning heater whereas with the Pioneer you don’t get that same function. You also have less heater operating temperature range with the Pioneer unit. So, while this is more expensive you are getting more product and a higher quality product.

The other big con here is the install. Now this can be said with any ductless system. Do not be fooled, these are not an easy install. You have to mount both units. You have to feed the lines through… and you have to create a three and a half inch hole in your exterior wall. On top of all of that you have to connect it directly to your circuit breaker. Do you feel comfortable with all of that? If so, then this won’t be a big deal at all. But, if you are not then you either may want to hire a professional to help with the install or purchase a window or mobile unit that is much easier to just plug-in and go. The problem with the window/mobile units though is that their capacity is much lower and they are an eyesore.

The last few cons I want to mention are somewhat minor but still deserve to be mentioned. Some folks have stated problems with leaking refrigerant. While this can be a huge problem and will cause your unit not to work… it is most likely caused by poor install. They most likely bent the pipes or did something else to cause a fracture in the pipes which caused the refrigerant to leak out. Just be careful during install and follow the directions carefully. If you do this then you shouldn’t have this problem.

Remember the ‘follow me’ function we mentioned earlier? There were a few reviews that stated this wasn’t working properly. I only saw this a few times during my research, but the complaint was that the follow me function would try to reach the desired temperature through heat and cool in a back and forth fashion. In other words, if the temperature was set to seventy-two then cool would kick on to get it down to seventy-two… but then it accidentally goes down to seventy-one, so then the heater kicks on to get it back to seventy-two and then that accidentally goes to seventy-three. And so on and so on. This didn’t seem to be a prevalent complaint though so I don’t know much stock I would put into this.

The last con here is that some of the ductless systems are what’s known as a multi-zone system. This means that you can have one outdoor unit and multiple indoor units to cool your home in different rooms. These MRCOOL systems are NOT multi-zone. You only have one indoor unit and that is all you can have. If you need more then one then you will have to purchase the entire machine again.

Alright folks so we have gone through sizing, installation, features, pros, cons, and everything else there is to possibly know about this product. Bottom line is that this is a great product and will definitely do its job of cooling your home, garage, loft, workshop, or whatever other area you are looking at this for. But, don’t just take my word for it. If we look at Amazon.com we can see that this MRCOOL product has over two-hundred reviews on it all with an average rating of four and a half stars. That is the equivalent of a ninety percent approval rating. It is a solid product. If you’d like to purchase this unit please click here to be taken to our Amazon partner.

One last point of note here is that we here at RefrigerantHQ are not responsible for the install of this unit. If you purchase this product the installation process will be solely on you or a hired professional. If you are unsure on what to do rather it be through routing the refrigerant lines or doing electrical work then it is always best practice to contact a professional. You know what they say, it is always better to be safe then sorry.

Thanks for reading and I hope this review was helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Sours: https://refrigeranthq.com/product-review-mrcool-diy-series-ductless-mini-split-air-conditioner-heat-pump/
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Mrcool Mini Split Review_

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Having an air conditioner in your office or building is essential to your overall well being, especially if you live or work in a place where the weather changes all the time. To ensure that you get the kind of good air quality that is essential for comfort, you need to invest in a good quality air conditioner. The Mrcool mini split ductless air conditioner would make a great choice, as it’s got a decent SEER rating of 22, and features technology that doesn’t eat too much into your energy costs. If you’re shopping around for the best ductless mini split air conditioner, then the DIY-12-HP-115B25 Mrcool mini split AC unit should be among your top considerations. Get through to the end of this review to find out what it’s capable of doing for you.

Why We Like It – Mrcool Mini Split

The Mrcool Mini Split air conditioner is a great option to consider especially if you’ve got spaces that average around 500 square feet in size. With a 12000 BTU rating, the AC unit is sufficiently powerful to cool down the average living room space, and since it also features a heat pump, you will be able to use it to warm up the air whenever it’s too cold.

Pros

  • Supports use of Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant
  • High SEER rating of 22
  • 7 Year Warranty on Compressor & 5 Year Warranty on Parts

Performance

Each indoor unit in the Mrcool ductless mini split air conditioner is capable of cooling a room that’s as large as 500 square feet, and this is thanks to its 12000 BTU rating. This makes it significantly more powerful than the SENL-09CD Senville mini split air conditioner, but they both rely on inverter technology, and this makes them efficient in how they function.

Energy Efficiency

The Mrcool mini split air conditioner is very much energy efficient. It’s got an SEER rating of 22, (making it better than the WYSO 12A-19 Pioneer Mini Split which has a rating of 19) and if you’ve never heard of an SEER rating before, this is basically a measure of the air conditioner’s efficiency in a year, and it gives you an indication of how expensive it is to maintain. Any rating that’s above 13 is considered to be good, and any over 20 is considered great.

Filtration

As with most modern air conditioners, the filters on the Mrcool mini split air conditioner are removable, and also easy to wash. The recommended period for replacing filters is every 2 to 3 months, and this is important to take note of because it affects the quality of air conditioning. The filters trap any foreign elements in the air, and also improve its odour.

Durability

The 5 year parts, 7 year compressor and 1 year remote control warranty policy that comes with the Mrcool Mini Split is impressive, but it doesn’t match the one you’ll get with the Daikin 12000 btu mini split air conditioner. Daikin offers a 10 year parts warranty and another 10 year replacement compressor warranty, making it slightly more viable than the Mrcool AC in terms of longevity.

Value

For added convenience and easier operation, this Mrcool air conditioner comes with support for use with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant out of the box, so if you don’t have it’s remote control nearby, you’ll still be able to use your phone or your voice to change the settings on it.

Mrcool Mini Split Wrap Up

As a company that was established in 2014, Mr cool still remains a new entrant to the air conditioning space, but for the few years that it has been around, it’s gained a lot of popularity for the quality of its products. The DIY-12-HP-115B25 DIY is just one of their many mini splits that have gone on to gain a lot of popularity among buyers, and if you have a look at it’s Amazon page, there are a lot of positive comments about it that people have been able to leave.

Sours: https://www.gadgetreview.com/mrcool-mini-split-review
MRCOOL Mini Split AC Heat Pump Installation SECRET TIPS Part 1

Review MRCOOL DIY Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner Heat Pump
Mini split heat pumps are very popular since they cost much less compared to traditional HVAC systems.

They are also very popular with the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) crowd since kits can be bought and installed by a home owner with no need for an expensive HVAC company.

Mr Cool is one such mini split kit that can be bought online and installed.
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Their units are built mainly for the DIY handy person in mind with many features that make an install easier.

Easy Install Features

  • Line-Set Pre-Sealed
  • Control Lines Clearly Labeled
  • Standard 120 Volts

Mr Cool mini split unit is the friendliest mini split for DIY installs.

The main feature that makes an install easier is the Pre-Sealed line set.
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A line-set is two small copper lines that pump refrigerant between the inside and outside side units.

Most DIY Mini Split kits require hooking up a vacuum pump and HVAC gauges to pump a unit down into a vacuum.
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Mr Cool units come in a vacuum with a seal at the tips of the line-set which is broken when it is attached to the outside unit.

Since there is no need for a vacuum pump or HVAC gauges Mr Cool mini split units are much simpler to install.

Keep in mind pumping down a unit into a vacuum is not that difficult with many YouTube video showing the process.

The control wires are also clearly labeled which makes it easy to hook up.
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3 control wires are used between the inside and outside units labeled 1, 2, 3, along with 120 volts AC labeled L and N.

120 Volt Electrical
The unit is a 120 volts system and will need electrical run to the outside condensing unit.
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The AC wiring is not included and will need to be run from a breaker.

Mr Cool also sells 230 volt systems if a bigger unit is needed.

120 volt wires is simpler for most to setup since it is the main voltage used in most homes.
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An electric disconnect box should be hooked up next to the outside unit to turn the power off.

Other mini split kits can also be bought in 120 Volts or 220 volts systems.

Installation
Mr Cool units are the easiest mini split systems to install and are directly sold to DIY individuals.

While easier, some basic construction skills will be needed.

A 3 1/2 inch hole will need to be drilled though the wall to run the line-set and control lines.
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Also the 120 volt electric will need to be run to the unit from a breaker.

The installation is not difficult for a handy person with some basic skills.

If in doubt be sure to call a professional.

Read Here For How I installed a Mr Cool Mini Split Unit

Mr Cool Mini Split Pros

  • Built for the DIYer
  • Line-Set Pre-Sealed (No Need for HVAC Gauges or Vacuum Pump)
  • Control Lines Clearly Labeled
  • Standard 115 or 230 Volts

Mr Cool Mini Split Cons

  • Requires drilling 3 1/2 inch hole in the wall
  • Electrical Needs to Be Run
  • Cost More than other Mini Split Kits

 

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Summary
Mr Cool Mini Split heat pump is a good unit that works very well both heating and cooling.

Do-It-Yourself type individuals will find it to be the simplest to install.

There is no need to buy and operate HVAC gauges or vacuum pump which many find confusing.

While easier to install it does cost more compared to other DIY kits.

I installed a Mr Cool unit on my garage 1 year ago (See video below) and it has been working very nicely heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.

The unit heats and cools very well with a remote control that makes it easy to operate.

The 17.5 SEER rating is also very good and makes it a very efficient unit.

There are higher SEER units that can be bought but 17.5 SEER is a good SEER rating.

My thoughts on Mr Cool units is once installed they work very well.

They are good for the DIY type person that doesn’t want to buy and operate HVAC gauges or vacuum pump.

For a more experienced DIY type person there are cheaper kits that while harder to hook up cost less.

Read Here for an Overview of All the Mini Split Kits I Have Installed.

I am still testing the unit so far with good results and will update if anything changes.

As always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon, forums, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.


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For a long time, the HVAC industry has been dominated by a few large manufacturers. Their brand names are well-known and highly regarded.

But a new company called Mr. Cool has now entered the HVAC field, and they are already making quite a splash. If you’re in the market for new heating and cooling equipment, you owe it to yourself to check out their products before you make your purchase.

This is certainly true if you’re looking for a mini-split heat pump, which is a Mr. Cool specialty.

Comparison Chart of the Best Mr Cool DIY Mini Splits

How Mr. Cool Mini-Split Compares to the Competition

Modern mini-split heat pumps are manufactured with energy-efficiency in mind. Consequently, no matter what brand you choose your SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) ratings for cooling and HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor) ratings for heating will be impressive. Also, most units now come with remote controls and electronic control panels that allow for precise digital interface and customized hour-by-hour programming.

What Mr. Cool has done is to take these concepts to another level. By incorporating industry best practices, they’ve created a heating and cooling system that hits every energy-efficiency bullseye available. Surpassing the improved mobility offered by the remote control, they’ve manufactured superior-quality smart appliances that are WiFi compatible. Once you’ve installed the Mr. Cool app, their DIY mini-splits can literally be monitored and controlled from anywhere on the planet.

But the most innovative characteristic of their DIY line of mini-splits is the DIY part. With a few basic tools and help from one or two family members or friends, you can install your new Mr. Cool all on your own in just a few hours time. This can save you an enormous amount of money on labor, more than enough to offset the higher upfront cost of a Mr. Cool DIY appliance.

At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Mr Cool Diy Mini Splits

Review of the Best Mr. Cool Mini-Splits

All Mr. Cool mini-splits are carefully manufactured to ensure consistent and reliable performance. As a result, the differences between their various models are small.

However, before you choose one over the others you should know a bit more about the specifics of each, including the overall quality of their performance. This is where we can help.

Who is Mr. Cool?

Among its menu of offerings, Mr. Cool sells well-reviewed line ductless mini-split heat pumps, which are becoming increasingly popular with the buying public.

They are not the only HVAC company to sell these products. But what makes Mr. Cool unique is that they sell mini-splits that you can install yourself.

Yes, that’s right: Mr. Cool mini-split air conditioner/heat pumps are designed and manufactured to be installed by homeowners, with no assistance from trained technicians.

Each Mr. Cool product comes with an easy-to-follow instruction manual that shows you how to install it safely and securely. In addition, there are a multitude of videos available on YouTube that will lead you through the process step-by-step.

You can purchase a DIY mini-split from Mr. Cool directly at Amazon. Or, you can buy Mr. Cool products from dealers across the country (you can find them by checking their website). Either way, you’ll save a significant amount of money by eliminating costly installation services from your list of HVAC-related expenses.

Conclusion

Purchase a Mr. Cool DIY ductless mini-split heat pump, and for once, you won’t have to pay an expert to install your HVAC equipment. You can do it yourself instead, which will save you a lot of money and give you the confidence to handle similar tasks in the future.

None of this would matter if you were purchasing a substandard product. But these products have been getting rave reviews from customers, who appreciate the complete package of features that the company’s DIY mini-splits offer. So unless you simply aren’t interested in installing a heat pump on your own, Mr. Cool products certainly deserve your consideration.

People Also Ask

Here are the questions:

How Many Amps is a Mini-Split?

A typical mini-split heat pump will seldom draw more than 20 amps of power and usually will use much less since they aren’t normally operated at full capacity. This makes them more energy efficient than most central air conditioners or ducted heating systems.

How Many BTUs Do I Need in a Mini-Split?

Recommendations will vary between manufacturers, but some reasonable estimates might be:

8,000 BTU for 350-450 Square Feet
12,000 BTU for 500-700 Square Feet
18,000 BTU for 700-1,000 Square Feet
24,000 BTU for 1,000-1,250 Square Feet
36,000 BTU for 1,250-1,700 Square Feet

Rooms that are unusually warm because of sunlight penetration or proximity to a kitchen might need more heating capacity.

How Many Watts Does a Mini-Split Air Conditioner Use?

The power consumption of a mini-split unit varies by its heating and cooling capacity. It’s reasonable to expect a 12,000 BTU ductless heat pump to use 1,000 watts of electricity or more when turned on, while a 24,000 BTU model could be expected to use twice that amount.



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Ductless Mini Split Review {TWO YEARS with Mr Cool Unit}

A ductless mini split heat pump can provide heating and cooling for your entire home, a single room, or supplement your current system. Installing one is also a perfect solution for an addition or attic conversion where it would be unrealistic to run ductwork.

Mini splits are also used in tiny homes, cabins, and RVs. Whatever your need, MRCOOL has a mini split that is right for your situation.

Did you know? All MRCOOL mini splits come with pre-charged line sets making them a fairly easy DIY project for the homeowner.  

In this article we will review the MRCOOL line of mini splits.  We provide a list below followed by reviews of these MRCOOL heat pump mini splits.

A buying guide follows for those who want full details on what to look for including available features, efficiencies, and coverage area.

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Top Picks for MRCOOL Mini Splits

We’ve put together a list of 7 MRCOOL mini splits with single and multi-room coverage abilities and BTU levels. There’s a mini split available that will meet your heating and cooling requirements.

Select the link on models you’d like to know more about, check current pricing, or purchase. Full reviews follow.

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MRCOOL DIY-18-HP-230B25

#1 MRCOOL DIY-18-HP-230B25 – 3rd Generation

  • Single Zone 18000 BTUs
  • 240V
  • Smart Technology – Google, Alexa, Android, Apple
  • Auto, Sleep, Timer Mode

Overall Best

MRCOOL-DIY-12-HP-115B25

#2 MRCOOL DIY-12-HP-115B25 – 3rd Generation

  • Single Zone 12000 BTUs
  • 115V
  • Smart – WiFi control with Alexa or Google
  • Variable Speed DC Inverter Compressor

Best Small Single Zone

MRCOOL-DIY-24-HP-230B25

#3 MRCOOL DIY-24-HP-230B25 – 3rd Generation

  • Single Zone 24000 BTUs
  • Easy DIY Pre-Charged Lines
  • Sleep, Auto, Timer Modes
  • Complete Smart Technology

Best Value

MRCOOL – DIY-36-HP-230B25

#4 MRCOOL DIY-36-HP-230B25 – 3rd Generation

  • Single Zone 36000 BTUs 
  • Smart Technology – Voice and App control
  • 240V
  • Low Ambient Cooling

Best Large Single Zone

27k BTU 22 SEER Multi-Zone MrCool DIY 2 Zone

#5 MRCOOL DIYM227HPW04B

  • Dual Zone 27000 BTUs
  • 240V
  • Variable Speed DC Inverter Compressor
  • Smart Technology – Voice and App control

Best Dual Zone

MRCOOL – DIYM32HPW01B

#6 MRCOOL DIYM327HPW01B

  • Tri-Zone  27000 BTUs
  • Triple Zone
  • Leakage Detection Alert– Detects Low Coolant
  • Smart Remotes

Best Triple Zone

MRCOOL – DIYM436HPW02B

#7 MRCOOL DIYM436HPW02B

  • Quad Zone 36000 BTUs
  • Variable Speed DC Inverter Compressor
  • 240V
  • Leakage Detection – Alerts you to Low Coolant

Best Quad Zone

MRCOOL Mini Split Reviews

There is much more detail here including pros, cons, features and ratings. See the link for many more user reviews and the current price.

Overall Best

#1 MRCOOL DIY-18-HP-230B - 3rd Generation

This single zone 18000 BTU mini split will heat and cool a space of up to 1000 sq. ft.

MRCOOL DIY-18-HP-230B25

Reason it is on the list: This powerful unit will keep a large space comfortable with EnergyStar efficiency, Smart technology and excellent climate control features.

Most helpful user reviews:

Best pro: “Came well packed with clear directions and photos making installation easy. I absolutely love the phone app allowing me control from anywhere. Heats and cools my 1100 sq. ft. space. Highly recommended.”

Best con: “This is a DIY project but will take some skills and knowledge of hand tools, electrical, and concrete to build a solid pad. Cement, circuit breaker, and Romex are needed.”

Room Size: 650 – 1000 sq. ft.

Features:

  • Wireless Remote IR WiFi Thermostat
  • Smart HVAC App – Google, Alexa, Android, Apple Compatible
  • Outdoor Temperature Operating Range of 5F to 122F
  • Low Refrigerant and Filter Cleaning Alerts
  • 240V

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  • Efficiency Rating: 4.8 – 20 SEER, EnergyStar certified
  • Customer Service Rating: 4.5 – MRCOOL provides friendly, helpful, tech support
  • Installation Rating: 4.6 – Unit includes complete instructions with photos
  • Value Rating: 5 – Dependable, efficient heating and cooling at a great price.
  • Warranty Rating: 4.8 – 7 years on compressor and 5 years on parts
  • Overall Rating: 4.8

Best Small Single Zone

#2 MRCOOL DIY-12-HP-115B25 - 3rd Generation

This 12000 BTU model offers the latest features available in a single zone mini split.

MRCOOL-DIY-12-HP-115B25

Reason it is on the list: Highly rated and highly efficient, this unit provides reliable comfort in a 500 sq. ft. space.

Most helpful user reviews:

Best pro: “Very nice, easy, weekend project. I liked it so much I bought a 2nd unit within 18 months. I’m impressed, it’s quiet and looks sharp.”

Best con: “While installation is relatively easy, you may need to purchase additional tools. At several points the directions contradicted themselves. YouTube videos were more helpful.”

Room Size: 350 - 650 sq. ft.

Features:

  • Sleep Mode and Follow Me Modes
  • Smart HVAC App – Google, Alexa, Android, Apple Compatible
  • Low Ambient Cooling
  • Low Refrigerant and Filter Cleaning Alerts
  • 115V

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  • Efficiency Rating: 5 – 22 SEER, EnergyStar certified
  • Customer Service Rating: 4.5 – Friendly, helpful, tech support
  • Installation Rating: 4.2 – Reasonably easy but may need additional tools
  • Value Rating: 4.8 – Well made, reliable, and efficient at a fair price
  • Warranty Rating: 4.8 – 7 years on compressor and 5 years on parts
  • Overall Rating: 4.7

Best Value

#3 MRCOOL DIY-24-HP-230B25 - 3rd Generation

This mid-size, single zone, 24000BTU unit is packed with all the features you’re looking for.

MRCOOL-DIY-24-HP-230B25

Reason it is on the list: This MRCOOL is rated Amazon’s #1 Best Seller for mini splits, and can keep a 1200 sq. ft. area comfortable in any outdoor temperature, and at a great price.

Most helpful user reviews:

Best pro: “The unit has been functioning flawlessly for 400 hours keeping my 1200 sq. ft. space comfortable. Very happy with MRCOOL, it just works.”

Best con: “Fairly easy to install but the directions that came with it didn’t exactly match up. It helps to have experience.”

Room Size: 750 - 1300 sq. ft.

Features:

  • Outdoor Temperature Operating Range of 5F to 122F
  • Smart HVAC App – Google, Alexa, Android, Apple Compatible
  • Very Efficient 20 SEER – EnergyStar certified
  • Low Refrigerant and Filter Cleaning Alerts
  • 230V

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  • Efficiency Rating: 4.9 – 20 SEER EnergyStar certified
  • Customer Service Rating: 4.2 – Tech support is generally helpful
  • Installation Rating: 4.6 – Fairly easy installation
  • Value Rating: 4.8 – Provides excellent climate control and well worth the price
  • Warranty Rating: 4.8 – 7 years on compressor and 5 years on parts
  • Overall Rating: 4.8

Best Large Single Zone

#4 MRCOOL DIY-36-HP-230B25 - 3rd Generation

This 36000 BTU single zone unit provides reliable comfort to a very large space.

MRCOOL – DIY-36-HP-230B25

Reason it is on the list: This highly rated and powerful unit includes all the features you’ll need.

Most helpful user reviews:

Best pro: “Installed easily into my 30’x60’ shop. Easily holds temperature at 75F even when it’s 98F outside. Very quiet and works flawlessly. Great product.”

Best con: “Cools the space nicely and was easy to set up but the outdoor copper lines had a cheap Styrofoam covering. They should have had a rubber covering.”

Room Size: 1200-2000 sq. ft.

Features:

  • Outdoor Temperature Operating Range of 5F to 122F
  • Smart HVAC App – Google, Alexa, Android, Apple Compatible
  • Variable Speed DC Inverter reduces operating costs
  • Low Refrigerant and Filter Cleaning Alerts
  • 230V

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  • Efficiency Rating: 4.4 – 16 SEER
  • Customer Service Rating: 4 – Some customers felt they were not as responsive as they should be.
  • Installation Rating: 4.5 – Easy DIY Installation
  • Value Rating: 4.7 – Provides excellent climate control and well worth the price
  • Warranty Rating: 4.8 – 7 years on compressor and 5 years on parts
  • Overall Rating: 4.5

Best Dual Zone

#5 MRCOOL DIYM227HPW04B

This 27000 BTU dual zone package with a condenser and two air handlers will provide comfort in two separate spaces.

27k BTU 22 SEER Multi-Zone MrCool DIY 2 Zone

Reason it is on the list: Smart, efficient, and quiet, this is the perfect unit when you need dual zone coverage.

User reviews – This unit is fulfilled by a third party and no customer reviews are available. MRCOOL generates very positive customer reviews on their other available mini splits.

Room Size: Will cover  2 rooms with up to 1500 combined sq. ft.

Air Handler Configuration: Package includes 9K and 12K BTU air handlers.

Features:

  • DIY Installation – Pre-Charged Lines
  • Smartphone App Controls – Digital Ready
  • Energy Efficient DC Inverter
  • Low Refrigerant and Filter Change Alerts
  • Lifetime Tech Support

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  • Efficiency Rating: 4.8 – 22 SEER
  • Customer Service Rating: 4.5 – Friendly, knowledgeable customer service
  • Installation Rating: 4.6 – Relatively easy, no special tools required for DIY installation
  • Value Rating: 4.7 – Very efficient and provides a lot of comfort for the price
  • Warranty Rating: 4.8 – 7 years on compressor and 5 years on parts
  • Overall Rating: 4.7

Best Triple Zone

#6 MRCOOL DIYM327HPW01B

This 27000 BTU triple zone package includes a condenser and three air handlers.

MRCOOL – DIYM32HPW01B

Reason it is on the list: Quiet, efficient and can be controlled from anywhere with the smart app, this unit delivers excellent climate control in three areas.

User reviews – This unit is fulfilled by a third party and no customer reviews are included. MRCOOL generates very positive customer reviews on their other available mini splits.

Room Size: Can cover 3 rooms with up to 1500 combined sq. ft.

Air Handler Configuration: Package includes air handlers at  9K, 9K, and 12K BTUs.

Features:

  • DIY Installation – Pre-Charged Lines
  • Smartphone App Controls – Digital Ready
  • Completely customizable room temperatures – individual room remotes
  • Outdoor Temperature Operating Range of 5F to 122F
  • Quick Connect Values

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  • Efficiency Rating: 4.8 – 22 SEER
  • Customer Service Rating: 4.5 – Friendly, knowledgeable customer service
  • Installation Rating: 4.6 -  Relatively easy, no special tools necessary
  • Value Rating: 4.6 – Efficient and provides a lot of comfort for the price
  • Warranty Rating: 4.8 – 7 years on compressor and 5 years on parts
  • Overall Rating: 4.6

Best Quad Zone

#7 MRCOOL DIYM436HPW02B

You can heat and cool 4 individual rooms with this powerful 36000 BTU model. Included are the condenser and four air handlers.

MRCOOL – DIYM436HPW02B

Reason it is on the list: This is a dependable, quiet, unit with the capacity to keep up to 2000 sq. ft. comfortable.

User reviews – This unit is fulfilled by a third party, so no user reviews are listed on Amazon. However, MRCOOL is one of the highest-rated mini split heat pump brands, especially when it comes to DIY units.

Room Size: Can cover 4 rooms with up to 2000 combined sq. ft.

Air Handler Configuration: Package includes air handlers at  9K, 9K, 12K and 12K BTUs.

Features:

  • DIY Installation – Pre-Charged Lines
  • Smartphone App Controls – Digital Ready
  • Completely customizable room temperatures – individual room remotes
  • 240V
  • 100% Sealed System

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  • Efficiency Rating: 4.8 – 21.5 SEER
  • Customer Service Rating: 4.5 – Friendly, knowledgeable customer service
  • Installation Rating: 4.6 -  Relatively easy, no special tools necessary
  • Value Rating: 4.6 – Efficient and provides a lot of comfort for the price
  • Warranty Rating: 4.8 – 7 years on compressor and 5 years on parts
  • Overall Rating: 4.7

Mr Cool DIY Mini Split Buying Guide

If you’d like more information before purchasing a mini split, this Buying Guide with FAQ’s will provide you with some answers.

Who is MRCOOL?

MRCOOL was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Hickory, Kentucky. It’s rise to becoming one of the top mini split heat pump brands has been swift. MRCOOL is known for its durable, reliable mini splits highly recommended by HVAC professionals. They are also the first heating and cooling manufacturer to make ductless mini splits that are truly DIY and can be easily installed by the homeowner without the need for specialized tools.

MRCOOL was a finalist in the Innovation category at the 2021 AHR (Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration) Expo for their ground-breaking approach to ductless mini split DIY installation design which eliminates the need for in-field vacuuming and charging by an HVAC professional.

What is a Mini Split Heat Pump?

A mini split heat pump provides air conditioning, heat and dehumidification. The mini split name comes from the fact that they have two major components, the condenser is installed outside and one or more air handlers are installed inside. A mini split does not require ductwork.

There are single zone units that include the condenser and one air handler and multi-zone units that include the condenser and two to four indoor air handlers. Mini splits are available in a variety of BTU levels.

Why Purchase a Mini Split?

There are a variety of excellent reasons to consider a mini split. Following are some of the best reasons:

When you want to cool an area that doesn’t have existing ductwork. A mini split system is a great option for a home that uses radiant or hot water heating, but where part of the house isn’t adequately served.

A mini split can be used to supplement an existing system. Perhaps you have an area of your home that your existing system can’t keep comfortable, like an upstairs bedroom or basement. A mini split can supplement your existing system to make the area comfortable and without much added cost.

When you add new space to your home. Mini splits are perfect for additions and attic conversions and will save you the cost of adding expensive ductwork. Plus, your existing central HVAC system likely won’t have the capacity – if properly sized – to heat and cool the extra space in addition to what it’s already doing.

When you want to customize temperature control in individual rooms. Multi-zone mini splits allow you to control the temperature in each room or zone. The indoor air handler in each room is operated with its own thermostat and control.

You may need extra cooling in the kitchen during the day and more cooling in the bedroom at night. They are also good for a room that you only use occasionally, like a guest room. Using energy only where and when you need it will save you money on your energy bills.

Mini splits are excellent solutions for spaces where a central system isn’t possible. Mini splits can be used for heating and cooling  tiny homes, cabins, garages, offices, workshops, pole barns and even RVs.

What Size Mini Split Do I Need?

Knowing how many rooms you want to cover and their overall square footage is a good starting point. If you need a multi-zone system, consider whether the air handlers will always run simultaneously or not. Other factors include the layout of the space, the age of your home, and how well it’s insulated.

Note: For multi-zone units, the total BTUs of the condenser will be split between the air handlers in use at any given time. For instance, you can have a 27k BTU condenser with three 12k air handlers but they won’t all run at 12k at the same time. This would be a good choice if you only need two handlers running at full capacity at the same time.

MRCOOL mini splits are available with 12k to 36k BTU condensers and with one to four indoor air handlers. Below is a guide to BTUs and coverage areas.

A guide to BTUs and Room Coverage

Condenser BTUs

Sq. Ft. of Coverage Area

Unit Usage

12000

500 – 650

Single Zone

18000

650 – 1000

Single Zone

24000

1000 – 1350

Single Zone

27000

1100 – 1500

Dual or Tri Zone

36000

1200 – 2000

Single, Dual, Tri, or Quad Zone

Can a Mini Split System Save Money on Energy Bills?

Yes, a mini split heat pump system can save you at least 30% on energy costs over window air conditioning units and central systems. Here’s why:

Heat transfer abilities. When in heating mode, mini splits transfer heat from outside into your home. They don’t generate it. As a result, they generate on average about three times more heat compared with the energy used. The most efficient furnace available now is the Lennox SLP98V with an impressive 98.7% fuel utilization efficiency. You could state the performance as a ratio of .987 to 1; for every unit of energy spent, you get .987% of it in heat. By contrast, ductless heat pumps average about 3.5 to 1. For every unit of electricity spent, they deliver 3.5 times more heat. This is called the Coefficient of Performance, or COP, if you’d like to do further research.

They are ductless. Mini splits do not lose cooled or warmed air through ductwork, like central systems do.

Did you know? In homes with older ductwork, an average of 30% of the treated air, whether it is heated or cooled/dehumidified, escapes through gaps and poorly insulated sheet metal. So, if you have a 95% gas furnace, it is suddenly reduced to a 65% furnace. This is one very important reason that ductless mini split heat pumps are growing in market share year after year after year.

Temperature customization. Mini splits allow you to tailor climate control in individual rooms at specific times. The entire house doesn’t have to be the same temperature at the same time.

Innovative technology. MRCOOL mini splits use technology that makes them extremely efficient, offering many units with SEER Ratings above 20. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and can be used as a guide to let you know how much comfort you get for every energy dollar you spend. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the unit.

A SEER rating above 17.5 is considered excellent.

EnergyStar. Many of the MRCOOL mini splits are EnergyStar certified meaning that they meet strict energy efficiency criteria set by the U.S. Department of Energy and are at least 25% more efficient than non-certified products.

Replacing older systems with an EnergyStar product can often make you eligible for a rebate from your local energy supplier. Really? Yes, really. Call your energy provider or check its website. If you want to explore this more, our partner contractors will give you full details on the savings for various heat pump models. Call 888-894-0154 or click here for details.

What Other Features Are Available?

The MRCOOL DIY mini splits include a Smart HVAC App, compatible with Google, Alexa, Apple, and Android, and include WiFi remote control. Install it on your phone, and monitor and control the thermostat from anywhere. This can save you a lot of money in a year. In summer, turn up the thermostat to 80 while you’re gone to save on energy costs. Then about an hour before you plan to get home, use the app to turn it down to 74, and the space will be cool, dry and comfortable when you arrive.

  • Low coolant and filter change alerts.
  • Follow Me Mode tracks the air temperature at the location of the remote. Think about that. If you keep the remote near you, then the unit won’t stop working until the remote – and you – are as cool or warm as you want to be.
  • Sleep Mode
  • Low ambient cooling capabilities for rooms that need cooling year round like server rooms and greenhouses.
  • Auto Restart will retain all of your programmable information in the event of a power outage.
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