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Dakin Mini Split Heat Pump: A Comprehensive Review
Today, we're going to be talking about the Dakin Mini Split Heat Pump, the white box mounted on the wall. This heat pump and air conditioner combo are meant to provide efficient heating and cooling for your home. We'll cover the reasons why we bought it, its performance, the pros and cons, and some hands-on experience with the different features.
Why We Chose Dakin Mini Split Heat Pump
We didn't have central air in our house and didn't see the efficiency in getting a standalone air conditioner unit. With just a little bit more money (about $1,200), we could get a heater and air conditioner together. Having a combined unit appealed because it's more cost-effective and efficient, especially in terms of energy consumption.
Performance: Heating and Cooling Efficiency
The Dakin Mini Split functions better as an air conditioner than a heater. The heating feature works efficiently until temperatures drop below five degrees; at this point, it starts working hard. It's essential to have another source of heat in the house for backup.
In our case, we have a standalone wood stove in the living room, and the mini-split helps with warmth. The unit is as close to the center of the house as possible, so it helps keep the opposite side of the house warm.
Pros of the Dakin Mini Split Heat Pump
1. Zero point-of-use pollution – When running the unit, there's no pollution generated, unlike gas furnaces.
2. Efficiency – The heat pump can have over 200% efficiency in fall and spring, reducing energy costs.
3. Dehumidification option – The unit can dehumidify more than just air conditioning mode, providing additional comfort.
Cons of the Dakin Mini Split Heat Pump
1. Thermostat location – The thermostat located on the indoor unit can be affected by air coming from the unit, causing misleading readings.
2. Infrared remote control – Requires a line of sight to communicate with the unit.
3. Moisture issues – Switching between air conditioning and heating modes can increase moisture levels in the house.
Features and Hands-on Experience
Remote Control and Wireless App
The remote control has multiple settings such as quiet, sleep, and eco. The only feature exclusive to the remote is the “powerful mode” for 20 minutes of maximum performance. However, it can be challenging to properly control due to its infrared nature.
There is also a wireless app that allows you to monitor and control the unit from your phone, providing similar options as the remote control.
The indoor unit has two filters that are easy to clean. Simply vacuum the filters to keep the unit functioning effectively.
The Dakin Mini Split is designed to run continuously, maintaining a comfortable temperature without significant fluctuations. This means that once the desired temperature is reached, it will continuously blow hot or cold air, reducing energy consumption overall.
The Dakin Mini Split Heat Pump is a great investment for homeowners seeking an efficient heating and cooling system. It functions well as both a heater and air conditioner, though it's somewhat limited in colder temperatures. The unit is eco-friendly, generates minimal pollution, and is highly efficient during milder seasons.
However, it does have some cons, including a poorly located thermostat and moisture issues when switching between heating and cooling modes. The unit's continuous operation is a positive feature, resulting in less temperature fluctuation and overall energy savings. Overall, it's a recommended solution for those seeking an efficient and environmentally friendly heating and cooling system for their home.