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Old 06-14-2014, 05:36 AM
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Follow up to an earlier post:

After much thinking about "do I do it or not", yesterday my Father's Day gift for the next # of years was given to me.

I reload and rig tackle in my garage that a car has not seen in the past 12 years. I have turned it into a Man Cave with a work shop, tackle rigging station and reloading bench. The garage is insulated so I decided to put a Mitsubishi split unit in there.

Yesterday it was 90 degrees with humidity around 88%. About an hour after the unit was running (full speed) the inside temperature was 76 degrees. Inside of the storage cabinets where the supplies are stored the temp was the same. Turn the unit to 75 and came back after dinner (maybe 90 minutes later), when the garage door was opened the cold air could be felt 20' away. You can not hear the outside unit running.

From what I have been told it cost about as much as a 40 watt light bulb to run.



Now I just got to figure out how to get a better wireless signal out there. Now that I do not have to close the door to the house it might be strong enough to access the web and all the reloading data that is stored on the cloud.
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Old 06-14-2014, 05:53 AM
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From what I have been told it cost about as much as a 40 watt light bulb to run.
First, I'm with you in that it's 100% worth it to air condition your garage, especially if you've turned it into a room anyway.

However - the only way it costs as much as a 40 watt light bulb to run is when it is in "fan" mode and not actually cooling.

It costs about as much as an 1100 watt lightbulb to run while it is cooling. Still well worth it. I did my garage this way and kept the thermostat at 84-85 when I wasn't out there.

You can pick up a wifi repeater for about $30.
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Old 06-14-2014, 06:55 AM
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Great! Good to keep that 'stuff' in a controlled environment. I used to have to use a bedroom in the house when I was into all those things you're doing.

My new-to-me home came with a somewhat hidden driveway on the side that leads to a 12x24 shed in the back. So, I put some of my 'stuff' out there, particularly stuff that makes dust (and a mess of the bikes and/or cars). Really wanted a place out of the sun where I could tinker on the scoots and cars, so I bought a 18x20 carport to cover the section. Cost under a grand installed and took them less than 2 hours, start to finish, love it. Today it will get air conditioning (a Harbor Freight fan)
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Old 06-14-2014, 07:42 AM
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Roughly what is the installed cost of something like this?

Would love to have it in my garage. I have two 4x4x6 powder coated kennels with raised beds for my Spaniels to stay in while at work. Would love to have it temp controlled. Right now we just leave the laundry room door open to the garage so that the air from that room will help cool the garage. It keeps it about 10 degrees cooler than normal but I would like to do what you did for them.
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Worhtless, the unit and installation was 2,800 but I have not got the electrician bill. I only had a 200 Amp service with one panel. I am not using close to 200 amp so they taped off the current service and put a disconnect on it somewhere.

my guess the total package will be around 3,500.

You can not here the outside unit running and the inside part is all wireless control.
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Thanks!

That is definitely worth it in the long run. I like to piddle alot in my garage and sometimes it's just too friggin hot to stay out there.

Really appreciate the info and have a great fathers day!
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