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DayCreek Journal

December 23 , 2010


LG Ductless Air Conditioner


LG Ductless Air Conditioner (Condenser Unit)

Yuppin Yiminee! Nothing like installing a central air conditioner in the middle of winter! Why you ask?

Well...I kept resisting the idea of installing an air conditioner but after last summer's incredibly warm and humid weather, I felt we had no choice. It was so bad last summer that the door seams on some of the kitchen cabinets busted apart. I was able to repair them, but I did not want to go through that ever again.

Jo was elated over my change-of-heart regarding a central air conditioning system and I have to admit that as I am getting older the humidity seems to get to me more than it did in my youthful years.

Of course I wanted to keep the energy consumption as low as possible and when I started to look into systems I was happy to find that the U.S. Department of Energy has tax incentives for high-efficiency air conditioners. (Seer 16 and above.) The downside to the incentive is that it is ending this year, so it was time to bight the bullet and get the system installed before year-end.

With that in mind, it quickly became apparent that the best solution was to install a mini-split, ductless air conditioner. These systems have an outdoor condenser similar to a conventional central air conditioner, but instead of having a large coil inside of a furnace, these systems have a coil/blower for zones within the house. The good news is that I don't have to run duct-work everywhere. The downside is that each indoor unit requires copper tubing to be run to/from the unit and the condensation needs to drain somewhere: either outside or in a floor drain.

In our house it made sense to install the indoor units on the octagon walls (center support) and run the condensation drains to the floor drain located in the center of the octagon. This certainly beats running duct-work!

The indoor unit mounts on a wall near the ceiling. Each unit has its own separate remote control.

Having the house set up with zones also seems to make sense. There's no reason to have the air conditioning on in all the rooms if you aren't using them. For our house there are three zones: master bedroom, first floor living room / kitchen and the second floor.

This will certainly take care of the humidity problems inside of the house during the summer and although I don't plan to use them for heating, they also double as a heat pump and can provide heat during the winter months.

 

—Alan Stankevitz