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Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by cooldaddy Good Product
Purchased this Gree 12000 btu mini split air conditioner - inverter, heat pump for a bed room to resolve the inconstancy of the central system. My goal was constant temp at night and lower cost by not cooling the entire house when not in use. These units are advertised to be efficient and quiet; it is as described and met my expectations.
Picked up at Home Depot and did part of the install myself then had a friend who is a heat and air contractor finished the technical part and startup. When the outside unit started we could see the fan turning but could not hear it over the wind and outside noise his gauges indicated it was ok and cooling began instantly. When running at full power to cool a warm room the current draw was 3.8 amps, as the room reached the set temp the current dropped to 1.6 amps. This is great compared to my central air drawing 28 amps and on off all day and night. This unit seems to be a quality product the install and operators manual not so good.
May 8, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mattwaggon Good product for a good price.
I bought this to heat and cool a 400 sq. ft. addition in our house. I had looked at several options, and a ductless mini split system seamed to do the most for the least amount of money.
I got two quotes from heating and air companies in our area that ranged from $3,700 to $5,200 for the unit and installation. I thought those prices were ridiculous, so I did a little research and found this unit. Because I was able to buy it myself, I did a lot of the install myself and save A LOT of money. I poured a concrete pad for the condenser to sit on outside, installed the mounting plate, drilled the hole for the lines, and ran a new 230V line with conduit to the unit. I made some calls and was able to find a professional that was willing to come in and just set the lines and finish the install. So the total install price was under $300, plus about another $100 for electrical supplies.
We have had the unit installed for about a month, so I can't report on the electrical bill just yet. I will say that it is almost silent, it's tiny and almost un-noticeable on the wall, and for the most part does a great job heating our space. The only problems we've run into is that the temperature outside has been in the single digits at night and low 20s in the day and it has a hard time keeping up at those temperatures. I read this in the owners manual (which you can download right here) before I bought it, so it wasn't a surprise. This is abnormally cold for where we live, so I expect it to function just fine once the temperatures come back up a little. I should also mention that our addition is un-insulated CMU construction with an un-insulated tar and gravel roof, so it is a really hard space to keep heated. Even at these cold temperatures it is still able to keep the temperature in the room around 64-66 degrees.
We have not yet used the cooling function, so I cannot review that, but from what I've heard and researched, I expect it to work well.
This unit has a SEER 20 rating which is awesome. Based on our local price of 8.8 cents per kwh, I've calculated that this unit should only cost $130 per year to run. I will have a better idea after this winter and summer if that is correct.
Two small complaints: I wish it came with some sort of protective sleeve for the lines that run through the wall. I had to jimmy a sleeve and I'm not super stoked about it. Also, the electrical line doesn't come with water proof connections for the condenser. I had to go and buy those separately, but it seems like those should be included.
That's all I got, hope that helped.
December 10, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DRCAP Love it!
This unit was for my home office 10 x 20 foot cabin. Seemed like the unit went in without a hitch to me.. very little grumbling from my men folk. But they had prepared very well in advance with wiring, putting down a cement pad, watching the youtube video for installation. We had 2 bids for hooking up the cooling end of the whole thing: $650 and $100! The high bid wanted to remove all the coolant and refill the unit prior to pressure testing, odd?! Anyway, the line was bled, pressure checked out and the unit turned on.. works perfect on a very low setting, so quiet it can barely be heard. Just in time for a short "hot spell".
June 3, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by les97801 great buy
replaced a forced air electric furnace with this and a 24000btu unite cut electric bill from $480 nov dec to $240 dec jan every month since has been cut by over 30%. self installed except connection of refrigeration line was charged $330 for two unites still half cost of bids for one unit installed by all local contractors. they well pay for them selves in just a couple of years.
June 5, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WildBill Great for my garage!
I bought this unit to cool my 20x30 garage which I converted into an office. The garage is fully insulated and so are the garage doors. New Mexico temps in mid June early July would bring the garage temps up to 105-110f on the hottest days, on cooler days around 95f. I have two deep freezers, a water heater, and 2 computers.
I paid $700 to a local electrician to run the 240v and vac and install the lines. With the unit installed, temps never get above 80f at peak times of the day, mind you this is mid July in NM with temps in the tripple digits majority of the month. During the evening and night I have to turn the unit down or off as it gets the garage too chilly, easily gets it down to 70f, which is not necessary as I am comfortable anywhere from 76-78. Not to mention the unit is extremely quit, nearly silent operation on compressor. I also like the iFeel setting on the remote, this causes the unit to sense the temperature at the remote from it's built in sensor to determine the room temp.
Another thing to add, which I didn't know before hand, is these units come pre-charged, meaning you don't need to fill them with refrigerant.
Overall a great purchase, the unit is lightweight and very easy to install (from what I observed), I could easily do the vacuuming myself with a gauge set from harbor freight. After watching him do it, not complicated. Electrical is a good thing to get done right, don't skip on a good electrician if you need one.
July 16, 2014