A Year with Mr. Cool DIY Mini Split Units: The Balancing Act of Pros and Cons
Approximately 365 days ago, we laid the groundwork for our Mr. Cool DIY Mini Split Units. A concise video tutorial on how to navigate this intricate setup can be revealed via the link provided above. I am subsequently going to dive headfirst into a year’s worth of experience encompassing the highs and lows of using these devices. The objective here is to offer a clear-cut resolution, are we sticking with it or hunting for something fresh?
Unraveling the Pros
The initial stepping stone into using this device has to be it’s DIY-friendly installation. The only time a professional electrician was called upon was when preparing the complex wiring, other than that, it was a solitary endeavour. I was bestowed upon by pre-charged coolant refrigerant line sets that connected at each end, one towards the interior and the other facing the condenser on the outside. It was the epitome of plug-and-play.
This made for a convenient and budget-friendly move as compared to traditional heating methods such as gas or oil heating, electric space heaters, or baseboard heating. This stand-alone device effectively heats and cools your living premises, negating the requirement for multiple devices leading to a clutter-free environment. It has been nothing short of splendid in maintaining an ideal temperature throughout the year.
Maintenance: A Walk in the Park
A year has passed and the only replacement has been the batteries in the remote control. A professional HVAC technician’s services might be beneficial in the long run to ensure the device’s efficiency, hence keeping your electricity bill on a tight leash. I opted to purchase my units from Ingram’s Water and Air and can vouch for their competitive pricing and immaculate customer service.
Navigating through the Cons
Despite the numerous benefits, a few potential pitfalls have been identified. The primary issue was the lack of automatic calibration in the temperature readings. This meant that the temperature reading displayed on the unit was not necessarily an accurate reflection of the actual room temperature. This required the use of an application for calibration, which could be a tedious process.
The inconsistency of the louver function was another issue. The units’ louvre, the part that channels airflow, did not consistently fully open or only slightly so, resulting in a lack of control over the setting.
Weighing Up More Cons
The units’ operation could only be set to either all heating or all cooling. This inflexibility could lead to discomfort if different rooms require different settings. I would recommend Mr. Cool to integrate an interconnected setting for all the units.
Although the units came with wall mounts to hold the controls, their design was flawed as the remote would often catch and fall when being removed. Furthermore, the remote control emitted a bothersome beep with each button press and the outdoor condenser units could be quite loud and chilly to passersby when in operation.
In sum, despite a few setbacks, the variety of benefits outshines the minor inconveniences. The Mr. Cool DIY Mini Split Unit’s convenience of installation, ease of maintenance, and efficiency in temperature control have substantiated its place in our homes for the foreseeable future. For others contemplating this purchase, this detailed review might present the clarity required to tip the scale. If you found this clip helpful, feel free to show your support by liking and subscribing to our channel! We thank you for your time and look forward to welcoming you back for the next informative feature.