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Imagine heading to the garage on a beautiful summer morning to get some work done, only to get inside the garage and notice the hot, muggy air. This is not a pleasant experience to have if you just wanted to do some woodwork, polish your car, or re-pot your plants. Being in an enclosed space with high temperatures makes it hard to do any work, even if you have a fan.

If you want to make sure you have a cool and comfortable space, you will need to install a garage air conditioner. In this article, we discuss why homeowners should opt for the best ductless for garage Enfield CT. We also discuss why a window air conditioning unit or a centralized air conditioning system does not work as well in this scenario.

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Why You Should Opt For A Garage Air Conditioner

Garages are useful spaces for more than just storing vehicles. They can be used for a gym, a workshop, or a game room. If you plan on spending more than just a few minutes at a time in your garage, the last thing you’ll want is a hot and uncomfortable space. Even if you have windows you can open in your garage, they may not cool down your garage as much as you want. An air conditioner may be a good choice for your garage, but it is important to look at its drawbacks.

Drawbacks

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If you have a central air conditioning system in your house, don’t use that to cool your garage. You shouldn’t do this because any chemical substances you have in your garage, like gasoline or pesticides, can end up in the ductwork that goes into the rest of your house.

It may seem like a good idea to extend ductwork to your garage, but it will actually be a violation of the housing inspection code. Also, an extension will put a lot of strain on your central AC system since a garage has a large volume of air to cool.

The Issue Of Volume

Another issue to look at is volume. Your garage is likely the biggest space in your home you need to cool. Most garages don’t have complete ceilings, this means that the air volume includes the space for the rafter to the roof. Because of this, the garage may have fifty percent more air volume than another room of the same size.

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Reduced Insulation

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Since garages are not insulated, it is hard to keep them cool even with a state-of-the-art system. Before using your central HVAC system in your garage, make sure you insulate the ceiling, walls, and doors. This reduces the amount of air that needs to be cooled. It’s also important to think about indoor air quality.

Indoor Air Quality

Linking your central AC system to your garage could result in poor indoor air quality. It’s essential that your AC unit has a lot of airflow. When it comes to airflow, a basic rule is that for each cfm that goes in, a cfm has to go out. For example, if your AC unit pulls 1200 cfm from your home and puts back 900, the 300 needs to come from someplace. The 300 cfm can be pulled from the gas water heater flue, under the walls, or the garage.

If your AC unit pulls air down the flue when firing the water heater, the fumes will not move up the flue, which can be fatal. This is called back-drafting. It can release carbon monoxide into your home and enter your lungs with lethal consequences. It also puts pressure on your garage and reduces pressure in the rest of the house even if the gas water heater is not back-drafted. This results in toxic air particles in your garage that will make their way into your home.

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The Correct Method To Air Condition Your Garage

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If air conditioning is necessary for your garage, make sure the system you choose is not a part of your central unit. The best choice would be a ductless heat pump or a mini-split air conditioner. These are good options because they save energy, can be switched on and off easily, they are small, and ducts are not needed. Another inexpensive option is window units. But this is not the best choice because it is not as effective and it is quite noisy.

 

Various Ways To Use Air Conditioning To Cools Your Garage

Below, we discuss some of the most effective ways to heat or cool your garage.

Window Air Conditioner

window air conditioning unitA window air conditioner is the least practical cooling option. It is the most affordable though so a lot of homeowners choose it. If you just want to cool your garage down by a few degrees, this is a good option. But if you are looking for more than that in terms of comfort and efficiency, this won’t be an ideal choice.

Practically, a window or wall unit is not a great way to cool your garage because you have to cut a hole in the garage wall. That hole won’t look aesthetically pleasing, especially since most garage walls are located in the front of the house. A big concern with these units is security. A burglar could easily get into your house by pushing the unit through the hole.

Window units are very noisy and inefficient. It’s also hard to find repair parts for these units if they run into a problem.

The Benefits Of A Window Air Conditioner

  • They are very inexpensive when compared to state of the art units and portable systems.
  • They can plug right into a wall outlet, but there might be a circuit overload if you have more than one single unit.
  • It’s easy to install the unit yourself.

Window Air Conditioner Drawbacks

  • They are unattractive and noisy.
  • To install it you need to cut a large hole in the wall.
  • Replacing it can be problematic if the size is different than your original unit. The hole might be too small or too large for the new unit.
  • There will be security concerns.
  • The outcome you expected might not be the same as what you get.
  • You may run into issues of mold and poor indoor quality.
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Ductless HVAC Systems

A ductless unit is the best choice for heating and cooling your garage, especially if you live in an area with extreme weather conditions.

Ductless mini-split systems are very similar to central air conditioning units. The main difference is that it is smaller. These units have a heat exchanger that is put outside the garage. The cold liquid is transported through lines in the wall. That liquid will cool the air inside of the output unit. There will need to be a cut where the lines run across. The output unit can be put in a number of positions so it can be used where it is most effective.

Ductless Air Conditioner Advantages

  • They are more durable and long-lasting than a lot of central air conditioning systems.
  • They are extremely efficient.
  • Compared to other methods of air conditioning, they are very effective.
  • They do not make any noise.
  • They are small, so they don’t take up much space on your wall.
  • It’s not necessary to cut a hole in your wall, so you will not have any security problems.
  • It’s a cooling and heating system.
  • It is well designed to provide an optimal temperature.

Ductless Air Conditioner Drawbacks

  • These are an expensive option compared to the other types of units available.
  • You need to hire an expert to install it.
  • It is usually a permanent fitting.

 

Conclusion

Installing a ductless split unit will give you the ability to make a comfortable workspace in your garage all year round. A quality unit also provides excellent indoor air quality and safety. Contact a licensed HVAC contractor for more information about energy-saving ductless systems. The correct information will help you when choosing the right unit for your garage.

Common Ductless Heat Pump FAQ’s

How Does A Ductless Air Conditioning Unit Work?

A ductless air conditioning unit is made up of an outdoor heat pump and an indoor air handler. The air handler distributes conditioned air into your garage.

How Easy Is It To Install A Ductless HVAC System?

Installing a mini-split unit is a simple task for an HVAC contractor. They will drill a 3-inch hole in the wall of your garage to connect the cables between the outdoor unit and the air handler. It is a relatively fast process, and a skillful installer will be able to complete the job in a day.

Where Else Can I Use A Ductless Mini-Split System?

Ductless mini-splits are not only great to use in garages, but as well as sunrooms, room additions, and rooms with temperature problems. They can also be used as an energy-efficient supplement to your central system.

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How Costly Is A Ductless Heating And Cooling System?

Buying and installing a ductless system can be costly. The price of the indoor and outdoor unit, the unit’s capacity, and its installation all need to be factored into the price. It’s important to note that a multi-zone ductless system will be more expensive.

Why Are Ductless Systems So Energy-Efficient?

A major benefit of ductless systems is that you can customize the temperature easily. You can turn them on and off so you won’t be heating or cooling unoccupied space. There is no ductwork in these systems which makes them more efficient. If there is a leak in ductwork, almost 30 percent of energy is lost. A mini-split system will not run into these problems. Additionally, they have high HSPF and SEER ratings.

The design of ductless units helps to maintain a consistent temperature in your home. This occurs at high or low speeds and it reduces the issue of energy loss that happens with regular cycling.

Can A Ductless Heat Pump Be Efficient Even If I Live In An Area With Extremely Cold Temperatures?

Ductless HVAC unit manufacturers create heat pumps that work in all climates. Heat pumps that work well in cold climates are called extended capacity units. They provide great performance even in the coldest areas.

What Is The Durability Of A Ductless System?

Typically, ductless units work for 20 years or longer if it is regularly maintained. You can extend its life by fixing potential problems with the help of an HVAC professional.

 

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