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As the global demand for Ductless Air Conditioning, and the fossil fuels that keep it running, grow, it is important that we continue to look for Best Air Conditioner Units alternatives (including Ductless Mini Split and Mini Split Heat Pump) that are more efficient and “climate appropriate.” New innovations in the arena of Split System, such as Mini Split Air Conditioner, Ductless Heating and Cooling, Heat Pump System and other forms of Heating and Cooling Units offer some excellent solutions to help us meet this challenge. There are also contributions to be gleaned from some of the older forms of Split System Air Conditioning, suchas swamp coolers, etc. When looking for the most efficient Split AC System solution, it will also always be important to consider the application; the perfect Mini Split that works perfectly in a hotel room in Albuquerque may not be the ideal design for a large capacity office building in Mumbai. As architecture, climate, and potential energy sources vary, so should our approach to Mini Split Air Conditioning development.             

The Western Cooling Efficiency challenge was established in 2008 at the University of California, Davis. The goal of the challenge is to encourage engineers and HVAC designers to build more energy efficient air conditioning options to meet the needs of the future while reducing the impact of widespread air conditioning use on the global environment. The hot and arid climate of California is the perfect birthing ground for such new technology, as this is the climate around the globe that is seeing the massive growth and rapidly increasing demand for air conditioning and the power sources which is required to operate it, around the world. In order to enter into this project, designers must provide an air conditioning system which exceeds the United States Department of Energy 2010 standards by at least 40%.   

The certification provided by the UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center, which includes rigorous laboratory testing of any submitted design to ensure that it is practical and functional, is one of the most demanding of its kind.            

It is not surprising that a major manufacturer of high efficiency Mini Split System air conditioners would be up to for the challenge. Trane, a major global manufacturer of heating, ventilating and airconditioning systems, has earned this certification by creating a rooftop airconditioner which is 40% more energy efficient than conventional airconditioning units. Dubbed the “Voyager DC,” the hybrid rooftop air conditioning system utilized indirect, evaporative cooling to increase cooling capacity and reduce peak electrical demand.  Trane was only the second manufacturer to attain this honor.            

Along with some features already found in more efficient air conditioning systems, such as Mini Split System (such as variable fan speeds, staged compressors, etc.) the Voyager DC exploits opportunities for extended periods of “free cooling.”  For example, Trane’s Voyager DC rooftop air conditioner uses water evaporation to cool the outside air for the condenser. The air conditioner can then use the chilled water to cool the external air used for building ventilation.  These strategies dramatically reduce the amount of time the system has to spend inoperations, essentially, increasing the amount of time the system is coasting down hill, providing comfort without any electrical cost.             

The Voyager DC, designed specifically for the hot and arid climate of (and like) California, is probably destined for commercial use for the time being. But,when you consider the level of urbanization and growth in places around the world, such as India, the potential for energy conservation is quite significant. As UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center associate engineer points out: . "Since air conditioning is the largest portion of electricity used during hot weather, the potential for 40% savings is enormous…Many are not yet aware that new electric utility rates will saddle commercial building owners with large additional charges for power used during peak periods. Trane’s Voyager DC met our performance goals on the mark, and promises to be one of the most cost effective, climate-appropriate cooling technologies available for commercial buildings." So, in addition to the welcome decline in environmental impact, the Trane Voyager DC will likely be a welcome technology for business owners and corporations around the world as it saves them on their energy expenses. 

MORE ABOUT TRANE DUCTLESS MINI SPLITS

Trane started off as a family business, but now holds over 1500 patents. In addition to its recent accolades in the world of green engineering, Trane is known for durability, as its logo states “It’s hard to stop a Trane.” In the Mini Split System world, we know Trane for its high efficiency, high wall-mounted Mini Split System. Tran’s ductless Mini Split System systems are composed of three main components:  an indoor unit with a coil and fan, an outdoor compressor unit, and a remote control. The indoor unit can be mounted on the wall or ceiling, while the outdoor compressor can be located as far as 50 feet from the external wall. Trane Mini Split System systems operate very quietly (as low as 26 decibels) and maintain high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratings, ranging from 16 to 22. The design flexibility of a Mini Split System allows you to install effortless comfort in nearly any space, when ductwork is too costly or impractical.   

MINI SPLIT AIR HANDLERS – TRANE

Today Trane offers three options of single zone wall-mounted interior air handlers:  the 4MYW6, 4MXW6, and 4MXW8. All come in sleek, white, horizontally oriented housing and are meant to be mounted discreetly on a high wall, and are available in a range of capacities to fit different special air conditioning needs. While the 4MYW6 is meant for situations that require cooling-only, the MXW6 and MXW8 are both ready to reverse functionality into heat pumps in the winter.  The primary difference between these two Mini Split Air Conditioning heat pump models is in efficiency rating;  while the MXW6 models (9,000 BTU– 22,000 BTU) all maintain SEER scores of 16, the MXW8s range upward into 22 SEER, which is a pretty nice score.  The MXW8 also provides a large capacity model which has a 33,600 BTU cooling capacity and a 34,600 BTU heating capacity (although, this Mini Split Air Conditioning unit has a SEER of 16.)  So, Trane has provided options for larger spaces or banquet halls with this Mini Split Air Conditioning air handler model. All of Trane’s Mini Split Air Conditioning air handlers feature specially designed air vents which provide quieter operation. The Mini Split Air Conditionings have convenience functions such as Turbo (which provides temporary high speed operation in order to reach your desired temperature more quickly), Sleep Mode (which automatically adjusts the thermostat to rise or fall, depending on your needs on a sleep timer, in order to keep you comfortable while you sleep), and Auto Clean. The Auto Clean function of Trane Mini Split Air Conditioning keeps the fan running when the unit is stopped, preventing unwanted growth of bacteria.  

The units also have a unique catechin filter (made from an additive abstracted from natural green tea) which provides long-lasting sterilization, removing up to 95% of potentially harmful microorganisms.  The Anti-Cold design of Trane Mini Split Air Conditioning systems prevents the blower from blowing cold blasts of air into the room as it is warming up, which is a very nice feature built into some Mini Split Air Conditioning with heat pumps. The last thing you want is to turn on your heater and get blasted with cold air! Other great features, such as an operational timer, wireless remote control, and memory function (in the event of a power loss, settings will be restored automatically) add to the convenience of the Trane Mini Split Air Conditioning. Another unique and innovative touch added to Trane Mini Split Air Conditioning air handlers is the “I-Feel” function of the Mini Split Air Conditioning’s wireless remote control.  This function allows the Mini Split Air Conditioning to respond to the temperature surrounding the remote itself, rather than the air handler unit. This may come in very handy when trying to keep the space you are actually using at perfect comfort, since the Mini Split Air Conditioning air handler itself will be mounted higher up on the wall. 

MINI SPLIT COMPRESSORS – TRANE            

To provide a complimentary option for each of their Air Conditioning System air handlers, Trane also produces three options for the outdoor compressor portion of their Air Conditioning System systems:  the 4TYK6, 4TXK6, and 4TXK8. All of the Trane outdoor compressor unitsfeature a durable exterior, a twin rotary DC compressor, and compressor protection. The new, strong “hot-dip”galvanized steel grill protects against damage without affecting air flow.  The brushless compressor provides better balance, and promotes high efficiency and less power consumption by running on direct current.   An additional safety feature of Trane Air Conditioning System compressors is that, if a problem arises, the compressor will stop or delay, preventing further damage to the system.             

The 4TXK6 and 4TXK8 are designed foruse with the Air Conditioning System air handlers equipped with heat pump functionality. Both of these Air Conditioning System compressor units automatically defrost their coils, improving the efficiency of the heat pump and preventing damage.  These Air Conditioning System compressor units also feature “Blue Fin” anti-corrosive treatments on the fins, increasing durability and longevity of Trane Air Conditioning System systems and their efficiency. The capacities available and their corresponding SEER scores match those of their counter part Trane Air Conditioning System air handlers.

MINISPLITS: SPLITTING THE DIFFERENCE            

Long the first choice for air conditioning in much of the global world, Air Mini Split air conditioners are starting to catch up in popularity in the United States. In part, this is because of the incredible efficiency of these compact, efficient air conditioning systems; Air Mini Split maintain the climbing SEER ratings associated with the newest central air conditioning units. On the other end,they offer more flexibility in both the design of your system, and the actual way in which you use your Air Mini Split on a daily basis, much like the range of choices you may find as you shop around for individual ductless window units.  When weighing out the advantages and disadvantages of central air conditioning and non-split ductless options (suchas window and wall units), Air Mini Split seem to bridge the gap. In a Air Mini Split, you will find many of the up sides of either end. Like central air conditioning, Air Mini Splits provide a permanent climate control solution for your space, while being unobtrusive and efficient;  mean while, Air Mini Split do not require the extensive ductwork involved in central air conditioning installation.  Air Mini Split also match some of the up sides of a window unit, providing more precise control over the settings and condition of particular spaces and rooms.  However, Air Mini Split are not junky and invasive like a window unit;  they do not block out the natural light or view provided by a window, and do not have a “disposable” plug and play feel.  They are more secure, non-leaky,and nearly silent in operation.             

Mini - Split also tend to fall in the middle as far as cost and efficiency goes. The installation is more difficult and time consuming than simply purchasing a window unit.  Yet, the installation of a Mini - Split is minimal in comparison to a scheme to retrofit a home with duct work. Cost wise, a Mini - Split is a substantially higher initial investment than a window unit;  while a decent, mid-range window unit air conditioner will cost around $250-$300 and nothing to install, the same Mini - Split will likely cost three times that or more. However, when you factor in the installation charges for a new central air system (not to mention, the labor and material expense of additional ductwork), many Mini - Split air conditioners cost less than central air.             

As far as efficiency goes, Minisplit fair pretty well. The efficiency of the lowest SEER scoring Minisplit still exceeds that of many available window units. When compared to central air conditioning systems, the efficiency is up for debate.  Truly, some price-matched Minisplit are not rated as highly as their central air competitors.  However, as you approach the higher end, it seems that Minisplit start to climb to the top in this regard;  some of the newest and most technologically advanced Minisplit (such as some Mitsubishi and Fujitsu Minisplit) have SEER scores in the high 20s, rendering them more efficient than many central air conditioners on the market. 

MINI SPLIT BUYING GUIDE            

If you have decided that Minisplit System air conditioning is the way to go, there are some important things to take into consideration as you plan for your purchase.             

First of all, you need to clearly and carefully determine what your BTU requirement is. This is an extremely important (perhaps, the most important) consideration you must make, as selecting a Minisplit System which is too low or too high a capacity is destined to frustrate you rather than provide you with the comfort you are seeking.   

A Minisplit System which falls short on capacity will constantly run, and all the while may never provide you with the comfort you desire. In contrast, a Minisplit System unit which is too powerful for the room will constantly shut itself on and off, without everfinding a balanced temperature and air flow. This is called “short cycling,” and it is very bad for the compressor. So, do not over do it thinking that more is better; a Minisplit System system that short cycles will not dehumidify properly and will age itself rapidly. You really want to select a unit that matches your needs as closely as possible. Ideally, your Minisplit System will only max out its capacity on the hottest days of the year, and will coast at variable levels, below capacity, during the remainder of the season.                

The area and layout of the space you are trying to keep cool is another important consideration.  This assessment will also help you determine the correct capacity Minisplit Air to purchase. Do you have a large and open layout? Or several square bedrooms along a hall way? In addition to the BTU cooling capacity of your Minisplit Air air conditioning unit, you must also consider air flow, and how your particular space is likely to respond. Minisplit Air air handlers tend to pack a pretty nice punch, and a single air handler can cover quite a bit of square footage (more so than a comparable window air conditioning box) in an open space. However, if you are trying to provide cooling to individual rooms, even smaller rooms, a single Minisplit Air air handler will not likely provide the airflow necessary to do so in an efficient way. The best way to configure a situation with multiple enclosed spaces is to think of “splitting” the capacity of the compressor up, rather than trying to cool one room from a massive capacity afar. So, while an 18,000 BTU Minisplit Air may do an excellent job of cooling and dehumidifying a large open space, you may have to install two 9,000 BTU handlers in adjacent bedrooms to find the same level of comfort in that situation. However, you will still be drawing the same capacity from the Minisplit Air compressor (or, perhaps, a little less, since the air handlers of the bedrooms will be more than equipped to maintain proper and efficient air flow in the individual rooms.)  So, as you determine the number of air handlers your Minisplit Air system will need (and at what capacities), you can easily determine what size to look for in a compressor, in order to provide all handlers with enough power to function.             

Many Minisplit Unit air handlers are mounted high in the room of an interior, on an external wall.  They tend to be low-profile and unobtrusive, but do require a bit of space and proper mounting.  There are also options which can be hidden in drop ceilings, on the floor, or other inconspicuous places. Although it would be wise not to over think aesthetics this early in the game (many Minisplit Unit air handlers are going to appear quite similarly), it is important to give some consideration to where and how your air handler or handlers are going to be mounted.             

Once you have determined how much cooling capacity, and how many individual air handlers your Minisplit Unit system will require, you can start making some comparisons of Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratings. This decision will not only affect the “green” cred of your home, but also has some long range effects on your personal finances. A Minisplit Unit system is a fairly long-term investment (systems lasting more than a decade), and many smart people will suggest that in some cases you buy the best you can afford. True, higher SEER scores tend to translate into higher price tags, but the highly scored Minisplit Unit often costsless in the long run than the less efficient Minisplit Unit unit.  If you do the math, you can easily see in dollars and cents how one unit or another will fare throughout a cooling season. So, since you are in it for the long haul, why not save yourself the disappointment of wishing you upgraded after a few years pass?  Additionally, many state and local governments, as well as utility companies, offer additional incentives to purchase energy efficient appliances like Minisplit Unit. Poke around a bit and see if you can’t subsidize your costs by stretching your budget just a little bit further upon purchase.  I suggest that the rewards in the long run will not leave you disappointed.                     

At this point, if you haven’t already, it is a good idea to get in touch with an HVAC technician.  Not only will you need him/her to move forward with your installation plans in the future, a well informed HVAC tech that works with Air Conditioning can help you determine if your plan is perfect, or needs a little work. They will be able to make educated predictions about the Air Conditioning configuration you have derived, and point out any flaws or modifications, before you purchase.  Many might also be able to provide unbiased advice or review (since, after all, you are purchasing your Air Conditioning system independently,) and help you make sure you have calculated your capacity and handler configuration accurately.             

As you begin to narrow down your wants, needs, and overall budget, there are some specifics to cover. For example, do you live in a climate where you will need cooling only, or does it also get a little cold where you are? Although Air Conditioning which can be reversed into a heat pump may cost a little more, they are a great option for year-round use in places that also get chilly in the winter.  Most manufacturers produce both, an option with and without a heat pump. Ductless Air Conditioning heat pumps are one of the most efficient ways to heat your home during the cooler months!              
That is just the tip of the iceberg as far as individual Air Conditioning - Mini Split features go. Once you have arrived at a general, mechanically sound idea, you may drive yourself crazy when comparing all of the features available from this or that manufacturer. Features of Air Conditioning - Mini Split range from the fairly standard multiple modes and fan speeds, to different levels of air filtration, to innovations in style which turn your Air Conditioning - Mini Split air handler into a frame for personal art work (like the LG ArtCool Air Conditioning - Mini Split.) With manufacturers focusing so much energy on this developing technology, and the wide internet market place for Air Conditioning - Mini Split, this part of the buying process isn’t bound to get any easier any time soon.  

BEYOND THE BASICS:  MINI SPLIT ACCESSORY FEATURES            

Once you get past all the planning and configuration requirements of your Air Conditioning System system, you still have left to decide which Air Conditioning System is going to be “the one.” If you are a strict budget shopper, you might have decided on a Klimaire or AirCon split. Following brand loyalty and SEER scores to knock out the Jones’ might have you locked in with Mitsubishi or Trane.  However, if you area sucker for style, you may have already fallen for LG’s ArtCool Customizable Air Conditioning System. However, if you are still unsure, things might be about to get more complicated as you weigh the individual features that Air Conditioning System manufactures have to offer. Along with the nearly standard multiple modes, fan speeds, and timers, makers have come up with many intriguing “accessory” features to try and bend your business in their direction.             

Some of the features offered are pretty practical.  Rather than manual controls, which may be simpler to use and less expensive to purchase, electronic and “smart” controls offer some very convenient benefits for highly functional Air Conditioning Units air system. These can range from setting sleep timers to adjust your Air Conditioning Units appropriately during the hours you are usually sleeping, to multiple timers which adjust your settings several times per day. Most Air Conditioning Units are set to return to normal functioning after a power outage. Many Air Conditioning Units offer additional modes, such as a vacation mode, so you can easily manage your power usage when you plan on  being absent and will not need cooling for a bit.             

Most modern Air Conditioning Split have some built in self-maintenance features, such as auto defrost (for Air Conditioning Splits with heat pumps) and advances coating of the exterior parts. In general, most Air Conditioning Splits today are built to last. However, features which may add longevity to your Air Conditioning Split system may score additional points, especially if you are in a particularly taxing situation. For example, if you live near the beach where the air is very saline and your Air Conditioning Split system is abnormally vulnerable to corrosion, the Air Conditioning Split with the ultra new patented super-sonic corrosion resistance technology might be worth a second glance, if a tie breaker is in order.  Because the air handler of your Air Conditioning Split will likely be mounted high up on a wall, features like a remote control make the system much easier to use.  

However, the remote (and its complexity) is variable among different Split - Air Conditioning . You might be more drawn to simplicity, or perhaps you are obsessed with having the full range of Split - Air Conditioning technology at your fingertips.  There are other little features within the range of Split - Air Conditioning remotes that might just be too thoughtful and convenient to ignore; for example, the remote of the Trane Split - Air Conditioning has an “I-Feel” function, in which the remote itself actually becomes the thermostat, causing the Split - Air Conditioning to respond to ambient temperature conditions surrounding the remote, rather than the air handler. Although almost all Split - Air Conditioning models have at least two settings for airflow (high/low), many units offer more. You may want to consider how many air flow settings your Split - Air Conditioning has, asit will in many cases increase the versatility of the cooling.  The volume of the air blown by a particular Split - Air Conditioning can be measured and presented in Cubic Feet per Minute, or CFM.  If you are looking to really last the air around, you should take the CFU capabilities of the highest setting into consideration. Another air flow related Split - Air Conditioning feature to think about, which may vary, is the louverad justability. The more versatility you have in how the louvers can be adjusted, up or down, left to right, the more control you will have when trying to direct the air flow from your Split - Air Conditioning .  Some Split - Air Conditioning units offer a “swing” or “breeze” feature, in which the louvers will automatically disperse the air flow in different directions.             

Another major (or seemingly so, if you read the information many manufacturers provide on their sites about their personally patented systems) difference between individual makes of Split - System air handlers is the air filtration system. Just about all of them boast of some sort of advanced filtration system that leaves their return air the freshest and healthiest out of the bunch. On the Lennox Split - System website, you can find all sorts of information about “bad air” and the importance of air quality. And, honestly, for the health conscious among us, air quality, the removal of allergens and pollutants is in fact a very important issue. Some Split - System have a two part system, some have five or more stages of return air filtration.  There are carbon filters, electrostatic filters, and a plethora of other particle catching materials and plans to ban microorganisms from your indoor space.  There are even filters available which supplement the air with Vitamin C, leaving skin soft and supple. For the beauty-consciousladies, enticements such as this might just prove the tipping point between one Split - System unit and another!             

Small differences in size and shapes of Split - System air handlers, although minimal enough not to be of consideration to one buyer, may absolutely perplex another. Which is going to blend in with the décor better? Which Split - System air handler has the lowest profile?  Once you have decided on a horizontal, wall mounted air handler, the variability in sizes and shapes are pretty marginal.  However, design differences do exist, and I suspect that if you run it by a spouse or friend, they will likely have a definitive preference between two opposing units.  The smallest wall mounted Split - System in the world is notably smaller than the largest. So, the size and shape of the air handler casing is one feature that may steer you toward the Split - System design of one manufacturer over that of another.             

Other features, although seemingly trivial, can prove to be prettydang innovative and enticing. The LG ArtCool series Split Units invite you to think of your Split Units air handler as an attractive way to showcase some art. Well, I suppose it is more accurate to say that they force you to. The face of theArtCool is, in fact, readily changeable frame, which would probably look pretty silly if you opted to not adorn it with something or another. However, this novelty has earned the ArtCool LG Split Units several design awards and great reviews. When you think of it, wouldn’t most of us rather display something attractive than hide something boring like an air conditioning handler? 

MY TOP 10 REASONS TO TRADE IN YOUR WINDOW UNIT FOR A MINI SPLIT

1.  Personal Safety            

Although this may not be at the top of your list on first thought, it races to the top of mine, especially if your window unit air conditioner is situated on an easily accessible window. It takes almost no effort for an intruder to push in a window unit and have access to your home, and if you check around for how many cases of breaking and entering have begun this way (sometimes with the residents inside the home) you may be surprised. Unless you have tried it on your first floor window air conditioner. There really isn’t any reason not to have a window unit that is comparable, in the unfortunate event that something bad happens.  By installing a Split Units, instead, you will nolonger have a potential gaping hole between you and a human intruder (or, in unique circumstances, a hungry bear). So, eliminating this danger from yourself and your family may bring this to the top of benefits of Split Units over window units. 

2.  Increased efficiency.             

This one is a biggie, too. Window units are actually of the least efficient ilk on the block, and aren’t even held to the same standards as their much more energy conscious competitors, central air and Mini - Split air conditioning. Some of the newer single-zone Mini - Split air conditioning systems created to cool the same amount of space have SEER scores reaching TWICE that of a standard, low-end window unit. Mini - Split are capable of cooling more area per BTU than a window unit, so will not have to work as hard and needlessly consume energy. This climbs high on the list, mainly because conscientious energy useis a large scale group effort, and the consequences of not doing so affecte very living organism on the planet. So, it’s definitely important to consider, even if this reason is not so blatantly apparent. 

3.  Your Wallet.  

Hey, times are tough on us as individuals these days, too. All that added efficiency does, over time, add up into dollar savings on your electricity bill. Not to mention state and local incentives you may be able to take part in if you upgrade. If you are planning on sticking around (you are not renting, or planning on moving in ayear or two), a nice additional reason to switch over sooner than later is that the Mini - Split unit may pay for itself over time. 

4.  Less Noise.            

Window unit air conditioners are a “packaged” air conditioning option, meaning that all of the components, including its noisiest parts, are all in the box together. So, with the compressor you get all of the noise it makes right there, in your space. The average window unit air conditioner produces around 48 to 60 decibels of sound and can become even louder as they age or malfunction. Just as Mini - Split have the potential to double in efficiency; they can just about half it in operational noise. This creeps up towards the top of my list, as I assume that window unit air conditioners often live in places where people sleep. (Bedrooms are some of the more likely spaces to need supplementary air conditioning, and if you are running on window units alone, there would likely be one keeping your comfortable while you sleep.) After the priceless-ness of safety in your home, comes the priceless-ness of a good night’s sleep! 

5. Your Window!            

Shortly behind the annoyance of having the compressor invading your ears is the less than lovely visual aesthetic of a window unit air conditioner. The assault of the window unit is two fold. The appliance itself is not so pretty; mean while, it may be obstructing the view from a window that is. Now, even if you do not have the most stellar Alpine view waiting for you, there is just something awful about losing asource of natural light and fresh air on a nice day. While it is true that you could always remove the window unit during mild seasons, it is a lot nicer to be able to just walkover and crack the window when appropriate. This reason may move up or down the list, depending on how many windows are available. For some who live in tighter spaces (and might be more likely to NEED a window unit) that might be one of few or the sole windows available. A wall mounted Mini - Split may be a much better solution in this case. 

6.  The Room It Is In            

In addition to the fact that you will have a lovely, functional window again, you will also be able to make your room look nice. The Mini - Split air handler will be nearly invisible in comparison to the clunky window unit that used to make this nearly impossible. 

7.  Permanence            

Again, it doesn’t sound appealing to install, uninstall, and reinstall a window unit air conditioner every time the weather takes a dive. It also is a little disheartening to have to junk and replace a window air conditioner every few years when the performance becomes shoddy (yeah, I admit it, I’ve bought the cheapos.)   Mini - Split air conditioners are much more permanent and long lasting options. Pretty similar to installing central air, really, but without having to worry about duct installation! 

8.  Less Debris and Bugs            

The DIY-installation of window unit air conditioners often leaves cracks and openings in which insect pests can enter or live in. This reason might not be so far below reason #1 for some! In truth, it is unlikely that the odd spider, fly, or woods roach is going to cause you much harm.  (Although it may scare the pants off of someone in your household, depending on the native phobias.)  However, the clean and sealed nature of Mini - Split units, above and beyond its safety and aesthetic benefits, is also preferable when it comes to keeping the bugs out.

9.  Curb Appeal            

Let’s face it, the bulk of a window unit hanging off the side of a home isn’t all that attractive from the outside, either. There is little to none of the charm you might find in a wood stove or swamp cooler fan…its just the really UGLY outdated air conditioning option. Because of such notoriously crappy performance, and personal experience, I actually find myself associating those slumping boxes with unpleasant conditions that Isuspect can be found inside.  First impressions are important, and if you are thinking about selling, this reason cruises right up the list.  

10.   Professional Installation            

Mini - Split only require a small amount of time with an HVAC installer, who can complete the important stuff, such as charging the line. If you are handy, you can complete many of the steps yourself. However, if something goes wrong, or if there is something you overlooked which may affect how your Mini - Split operates, it will be pinpointed and corrected. So, although this may initially be looked upon as a reason NOT to upgrade to a Mini - Split, there are inherent benefits of a system that is installed and maintained by a professional who knows what they are doing. This ensures a longer life and flawless performance that you probably could never expect to receive out of your “plug-and-play” window unit.
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