Mini-Splits for Garages: What To Consider For Your Garage’s AC System
At GREE, we understand that your garage is more than just a space to park your car or store your tools. It can be a workshop, a home gym, or even a game room. However, it can be challenging to use this space, especially during extreme temperatures. That's where a garage mini split system comes into play. In this article, we'll explore the benefits of a mini split system for your garage and provide some tips to help you choose the right one for your needs.
What is a Mini Split System?
A mini split system is a type of heating and cooling system that doesn't require ductwork. It consists of two main components: an outdoor unit and one or more indoor units. The indoor unit is mounted on a wall, ceiling or the floor, and is connected to the outdoor unit by a small refrigerant line. The refrigerant line is run through a small hole drilled through the wall, so there is no need for the garage to have a window, and no need to cut large openings into the wall of the garage.
Why Choose a Mini Split System for Your Garage’s Climate Control?
There are several reasons why a mini split system is an ideal HVAC solution for your garage:
- Easy Installation: Mini split systems are easy to install and don't require ductwork, so you don't have to worry about tearing up your walls or ceilings. Installation is often quick and straightforward with just a small hole to run a refrigerant line from indoors to outdoors.
- Energy Efficiency: With their inverter heat pump design, mini split systems are highly energy-efficient in the summer and winter. Without the heat loss from ductwork, they save even more on your energy bills.
- Zone Control: Mini split systems are set up with different zones, allowing you to control the temperature in your garage independently from the rest of the house. This means you can keep your garage at whatever temperature you choose without affecting other areas. Mini splits are powerful enough to cool or heat a garage in just a matter of minutes so you can turn it on only when you need it. This avoids wasteful air conditioning of rarely used space, saving you money, and reducing your impact on the planet.
- Improved Air Quality: Mini split systems have advanced filters that can remove dust, allergens, and other pollutants from the air, which is especially important if you're doing workout activities, or if you have a children’s play area in your garage.
- Versatility: Even if the rest of your home is served by a central AC system, you can still install a mini split for your garage’s heating and cooling needs, it will be cheaper and less invasive than extending the duct work from your central system.
- Mini split systems are smaller and more energy-efficient than traditional HVAC systems, making them an ideal choice for smaller spaces such as garages.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Mini Split System for Your Garage
When choosing a mini split system for your garage, there are several factors to consider:
- The Right Size Mini-Split for Your Garage: Most garages can be serviced by a single-zone mini-split system, but the size of that system and its BTUs are determined by the size of the garage. A certified GREE HVAC installer can help you choose a system with the appropriate number of BTUs for your garage size.
- Efficiency Rating: Mini split systems come with an efficiency rating, known as SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). The higher the SEER rating, the more energy-efficient the system is. You’ll want to keep this in mind when selecting your mini-split as it will reduce your monthly costs, and the impact on the environment.
- Installation Provider: While mini split systems are relatively simple to install, it's essential to choose a professional installer who is experienced in installing mini splits. Improper installation can lead to poor performance and energy loss. Take a look at our guide on finding a licensed contractor for more tips.
A mini split system can provide reliable heating and cooling throughout the year, making it an ideal solution for your garage. GREE offers a range of mini split systems that are easy to install, energy-efficient, and provide zone control for better temperature regulation. If you’re a contractor with a client interested in a mini-split for their garage, consider using our mini-split system builder to help structure the perfect mini-split system for their needs today!