Considering a window AC unit in the Garage?

Considering a window AC unit in the Garage?

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Portable Ac unit in garage didn't work
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Old 09-04-2019, 07:23 PM
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Default Portable Ac unit in garage didn't work

DEcided to try a portable AC unit venting out the window with flex hose. The garage is insulated and so is the garage door.
Bottom line I'm returning it - it just didn't cool the garage more than a degree or two even with a powerful aux fan. Tested opening the attic steps a but to help and keeping the kitchen door open with a fan blowing the house ac into the garage. It was the largest portable ac unit you can get. BTW opening the garage door and blowing the house air into the garage did as much or more than the portable ac unit.
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Old 09-04-2019, 09:18 PM
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Installed a 2.5 ton dehumidification/mini split unit last week. Total game changer for being able to work on the garage with the door closed.

Very pleased with the results. County signed off on the install last Friday.




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Old 09-05-2019, 05:09 AM
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Installed a 2.5 ton dehumidification/mini split unit last week. Total game changer for being able to work on the garage with the door closed.

Very pleased with the results. County signed off on the install last Friday.




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Is that an inside installation, or...? Just wondering if anything is in the window or has some other feature needing ARC approval.
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Is that an inside installation, or...? Just wondering if anything is in the window or has some other feature needing ARC approval.
It is two separate units. One is an outside unit like the one you already have for the house but smaller. The other unit goes inside on a wall and blows out the cold air. The two units are connected to each other by tubing.

So nothing in a window. You do need a permit. If used on for a garage or a lanai it technically is not an air conditioner, it is considered a dehumidifier but the effect is the same. Building codes here do not allow airconditioners in garages or lanais.
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Old 09-05-2019, 11:20 AM
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If you mount anything outside, you better check with Community Standards first.
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Is that an inside installation, or...? Just wondering if anything is in the window or has some other feature needing ARC approval.


I was told this didn’t require ARC approval. It is an inside unit with a line set to an outside unit.


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Old 09-05-2019, 02:42 PM
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After running a portable AC in the garage all day your better half comes home and opens the door, back to square one.
Who spends all day in garage. How bout portable swap cooler or big fan?
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Old 09-05-2019, 03:24 PM
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Yes, you are correct, you don't need ARC approval for a mini-split (outside condensing unit). Been there, done that ...

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Don't even bother with the Free Standing Units that vent out of a window. They are an enormous waste of money and will not help in your situation one bit. There was one that came with my house on the lanai. A total waste.

A Mini Split is probably the only legit shot you have.

I just test fitted a window unit. 10,000 BTU'S. It worked fine but looks like a sore thumb. It's for an emergency strictly.

Just my opinion. Best to do whatever you are going to do with a permit and approval instead of having to fix it when you go to sell. Good Luck.
Your standing unit might have been defective. I have one in our glass enclosed lanai with no sun shades and it keeps it 8 degrees cooler than the outside air and it also dehumidifies so mid-day 80 dry degrees out there is just fine for this time of year, mornings and evenings it keeps it in the low to mid 70's. It has a built in thermostat and when the set temperature is reached it can be put into quiet mode, also has a remote. I had to build an exhaust panel that is portable and fits in a sliding door, total cost for the unit and everything else was around $400 which is a huge savings over a Mini-split and serves our purpose well.
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