Does anyone have any experience with a mini-split in their shop? I have apparently just wrapped up all of the two weeks of perfect weather for working in the shop I’m going to get. And let me tell you something, it was glorious. I had both of my doors and both of my windows wide open. A nice little breeze would flow right through my shop and take a healthy amount of dust with it. I could wear shorts or jeans without discomfort. The dogs could come in and say hi and then be on their way. I’d turn my Ipod on shuffle and let everyone in my yard hear my tunes whether they liked it or not. People could easily see if I happen to be busy and come back later as opposed to when the door is closed, I’m wrapped up in something, and a knock on the door scares the living shit out of me. Only to look up and see my wife or my kids standing there smiling at the door like nothing happened.
I have a window unit and the poor bastard just can’t keep up. Plus, I lose my view of the street. For the winter I have a oil filled radiant heater. You know the kind that sound like a great plan when you’re standing in the aisle at Wal-mart, it’s only 50 bucks and you just want to get the f out of there. Get it home it takes ten hours to bring the shop to comfort level on mild winter days and never gets there in the dead of winter. Glue bottles freeze, things start rusting, my wife start suggesting “Aren’t you going to work in your shop?”
I’m in Kansas and we’ve got everything. Cold, hot, humid, dry, windy, stale, you name it. I’ve thought about wall units that heat and cool like you would find in hotels but I just don’t think I could spare that much wall space. If there not something there, there probably will be soon. I have some Amex reward points saved up and I could get one of these mini splits for next to nothing depending on quality. Seems like a good idea. I could mount it up high and out of the way. It wouldn’t take too much space. Most of the noise would be outside. It heats and cools. But I’m wondering how hard they are to install? The websites make it sound doable. I’m also wondering how the filter would withstand wood-shop dust?
Hey, anyone that previously wrestled with this I would appreciate your sage advice. Thanks.