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making the move to a heat pump

Discussion in 'Reality Check' started by David Puddy, Apr 9, 2019.

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    teenage dirtbag

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    I paid $5500 for my 15k btu daikin mini split installed by Ready. When I was shopping I was told LG was a more budget brand and a comparable LG was a few hundy cheaper.

    fwiw I had min just shy of 5 years and never had a single hiccup, and they had a big ass factory warranty on it.

    I have a Moovair 12k btu unit now that is more techy than my Daikin was but I don’t know anything about the brand
     
  2. Boots

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    I paid $9K all in for three 12K LG Prestige heads+compressors installed about 8 years ago. Definitely got my monies worth so far :cool:
     
  3. Lex Lucas

    feels good.

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    What do you mean by more techy?
     
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    Just a few more features that my daikin didn’t have like the follow me setting and wifi connectivity
     
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    feels good.

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    Thanks, we are single zone so follow me doesn't matter and from what I can see the new Daikin thermostats are wifi enabled
     
  6. Boots

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    That's one thing that sucks about having older units. No Wifi ... I can get a wifi module for each head but they are like $150 and don't work very well grrrr
     
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    cant you guys just go central air ? its seems to be WAY cheaper
     
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    i will never use the wifi connectivity, set it and forget it. It’s never an emergency to turn it on or off when I’m not home imo
     
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    Yeah, I opted to not get the wifi thermostat as well, mine is set to the same temperature (21C) 100% of the time, the only thing I need to do is switch it from "Heat" to "Cool" and vice-versa as the seasons change.
     
  10. David Puddy

    yeah, that's right

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    5" duct work is fine, but not ideal. There is an issue with retrofitted coils in air handler units designed for an oil burner; And that its just not designed for it. We ended up supplementing our upstairs with a 12k mini split because the temp difference between upstairs and downstairs say on a 30 degree day, will be significant. 19 degrees downstairs and it would be 23 or 24 degrees upstairs.
    We've had our 2 tonne Trane condensor installed for 3 years now and it works ok but efficiency drops off after -5. We have a wood burning insert that is on through the colder months to offset the oil coming on. But knowing what i know now, i would have went with a 4 head units of a standalone condensor and put in a couple baseboard heats. that's where it gets crappy for a lot of people; the convenience of having the oil heat is its a great backup and already there. If you go mini splits everywehre you could keep your ducted furnace, but now you have so much hvac everywhere, i would tear the ducted furnace right out.
    You really see the difference if you see a ducted heat pump designed from scratch for a new build, its night and day.
    12k heat pumps are pennies nowadays, and the installers are getting richer and richer off them. Do your homework. I got a 12k mini split $700 to my door and it works flawlessly, and that was for EVERYTHING (except i had to buy a vacuum pump and gauge set) and I installed it in 3 hours.
     
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    We had thought of upgrading our geo unit to heat/cool the basement as well but in the end it would be just one huge single zone unless we spent a shit tone more money. More cost effective for us to just go with heat pumps.
     

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