Split Unit A/C System

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Split Unit A/C System

Postby cfhebertjrphayao » Sun Aug 24, 2008 2:03 pm

Does anyone have experience with SUS for A/C?
Cost of installation (approx). (25 - 40 sq/m)
Reliability (brand).
Installation & repair companies in Phayao or Chiang Rai province.

I only intend to install A/C in one room of my home. I will be using double wall insulation method. I may want to add a second blower to my office. How can I seal the entry door of bedroom? I have not seen any thresholds for doors here.

Is there a thread on the forum I can follow.
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Re: Split Unit A/C System

Postby dozer » Mon Aug 25, 2008 4:46 pm

If by split Unit A/C system you mean the ones where the compressor sits outside the building and the control unit that blows out the cold air is wall mounted within the room, those are the most common type of A/C unit here. The smallest size unit is normally about 9000 BTU which can cool a small room (about 20 sq meters or less). I recommend a slightly larger unit, maybe 13,000 BTU as they can be purchased for only a little bit extra. Installation is almost always included in the price, although there will be a transportation charge if you are located far from the store. Also, extra services + equipment are extra, such as wall mounting the exterior unit, extra thick coolant tubing, etc.

A good 13,000 BTU normally starts at about 20,000 baht at the homepro's, etc. The more bells and whistles, the more expensive.

If your door has a tight seal, you would be normally talking about weatherproofing the lower gap, you can go look in homepro, they offer various solutions.
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Re: Split Unit A/C System

Postby jazzman » Wed Aug 27, 2008 11:03 pm

Remember that a room still needs to breathe otherwise it will get a musty smell (particularly bedrooms). The cooling loss through a small ventilator would be minimal. In cold countries where we have to heat the rooms in the winter, it is the same in reverse.
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Re: Split Unit A/C System

Postby cfhebertjrphayao » Thu Aug 28, 2008 2:13 pm

Jazzman,

Would leaving the gap at the bedroom door suffice for ventilation ? We also plan on having sliding windows in the attached bathroom but no vent.
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Re: Split Unit A/C System

Postby cfhebertjrphayao » Mon Sep 27, 2010 3:40 pm

Hello Forum I am back with questions.

We are nearing the phase where I get to choose an AirCon. Now comes the BTU calculation.

We have styrofoam wall boards mounted over standard red brick and R-11 batting, over gypsum, in the attic. The roof is CPAC Monier. Not the cheap stuff. The windows are smoke out tinted glass in aluminum frames. 4 windows are approximately 1.5m wide and 1 at 2m wide. The windows will also be shaded with bamboo window screens. I consider my insulation to be better than average for Thailand but below UK or USA standards

The area in question is one room approximately 4.5 x 9.5 meters with a good sealing entry door and an attached bath (no vent blocks).

I have been using 50 sq/m for the online BTU calculators. The average BTU calculation of 4 seperate URL's is 20000 BTU. The maximum being 25000 BTU

All the local suppliers here in Phayao insist I need 36000 BTU. How could there be such a discrepancy in the online calculators and the locals? What is the forum consensus?

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Re: Split Unit A/C System

Postby cfhebertjrphayao » Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:25 pm

BTW the shop technician today told me to estimate 1000 BTU per 800 - 900 sq/m. He also claims this factor has increased over the last 5 years due to climate change,i.e.hotter temps in Thailand. I am no genius but how can hotter temps cause the factor of 1000 per 500 - 600 sq/m to change up 50%? Even in my limited math this does not compute.

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Re: Split Unit A/C System

Postby jazzman » Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:41 pm

If you went into those suppliers shops personally and started asking their advice, they are certainly going to try and talk you into buying more than you need. 18,000 - 25,000 BTU should be more than enough, depending on the height of your ceilings, especially as you have gone to all the trouble of extra insulation.

Prices start at around 1 baht per BTU. Famous brands cost more.
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Re: Split Unit A/C System

Postby cfhebertjrphayao » Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:42 pm

Sorry forum my statement was incorrect. The technician claims 800-900 BTU per sq/m.

The following URL's differ in ratings;

[i]http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090517210758AAKCyO4
A 115 volt, 10,000 BTU Window Air Conditioning unit is capable of cooling a 500 square foot room without much strain on the unit. So a good rule of thumb is 20 BTUs per square foot.


http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=roomac.pr_properly_sized
Using the square footage and the chart below, determine the correct cooling capacity. Cooling capacity is measured in British thermal units (BTUs) per hour.

400 up to 450 10,000quote]

http://www.inspectapedia.com/aircond/AirConditionerChart.htm
Single Room Air Conditioner Capacity - typically for rooms up to 20' x 20' or 400 sq.ft. in area. BTUs in this product range are typically from 6,000 BTUh to 10,000 BTUh

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and do not begin to come close the estimated 36000 BTU from this shop in Phayao.
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Re: Split Unit A/C System

Postby cfhebertjrphayao » Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:49 pm

Thanks Jazzman. Your estimates confirm my research and yes of course I know they would like to sell me 3 times what I need. TIT!
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Re: Split Unit A/C System

Postby otis-a » Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:51 pm

ok here is my 2cents worth and i mean 2 cents

4x6 m room 13000 std qcon thai const with 1 very shaaded 750 x 1250 window no xtra insul this unit samsung knocks the humidity and temp dow enuf to make room comfy in day wify like thermo at 23c and that feels ok in day i on other hand at night run thermo to min 18c for mossy ctl add 1 zapper unit to catch buggers as the zapper becomes only heat & light source. the wife and 2 cousins at times complain it too cold but all have blankets i am too spoiled with ac

for my build will put 24000 btu on same room size u mention and yes the stores all recc 30k btuh but i just look to knock down humidity and get to 22c day 19c in late night will lay the r11 bat over top suspended cieling as std usa practice and add drapes to windows use natural draft roof as seen in forum pics

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Re: Split Unit A/C System

Postby cfhebertjrphayao » Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:55 pm

Thanks Otis-a. Your 2 cents was invaluable and confirms my research. Will stick with my original plan of 20000 Carrier or York. Carrier mainly because my father spent about 20 years there and we never had anything but Carrier in our homes.
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Re: Split Unit A/C System

Postby Jack » Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:49 am

For some more actual experiences, here's what I did for my house in Issan where the hot season temperatures get well above 40°. Some of the insulation is a little better but at least you'll get some ideas. I used double, thin concrete block exterior walls with 2" fiberglass between the walls, Monier roof tiles with foil underneath, good attic ventilation, and 4" of fiberglass batts on the gypsum ceilings . The master bedroom is about 4.5m x 5m with 2 1m x 2m windows and is on the southwest corner of the house with no landscaping shade. I put in a 9K BTU Panasonic unit and it's been more than adequate. I never have to run it on high.

The living room/dining room/kitchen is an interior room that's 5.5m x 9.5m and runs the width of the house. The 5.5m walls are exterior walls but shaded by porches. There's a 3m wide partition wall between the kitchen area and the living room area. I used a 12K BTU unit in the dining area to handle the entire space. Again, it's been more than adequate.

A caveat is that I grew up in hot weather so my wife and I are used to the climate and our normal AC settings are 27° - 28° during the day and 26° in the bedroom at night. If you like it a lot colder than this you might need bigger units.
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Re: Split Unit A/C System

Postby cfhebertjrphayao » Tue Sep 28, 2010 6:38 pm

Thanks Jack. That information is helpful. My room is about 1/2 again as long and has 5 windows. I believe 20000 is more than adequate but to keep the wife happy I have ordered 25000.

The 36000 estimation received is ridiculous and have told them as much. They simply have to go online for gads of calculators and information but then their commission would be lower.
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Re: Split Unit A/C System

Postby BKKBILL » Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:03 pm

Yes all good advice. The thing to watch is as Otis mentioned buying an airconc that is larger than necessary will not let it run long enough to reduce humidity.

That does make the difference as to how hot or cool you feel. The dry air evaporates your perspiration faster letting you feel cooler.
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Re: Split Unit A/C System

Postby kknaj » Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:42 pm

I was also told to buy a bigger unit than was necessary by a store salesman. In fact it scared my gf to the point where she didnt want to buy A/C as it was too expensive. We were quoted to need a 25,000+ baht + A/C for the master bedroom 4x5m room. <minor edit - 29.10 MGV12>

Since then I have found a Hitachi that is supposed to be super quiet for 17,000 baht. I don't remember how powerful it is but its on the low end of the scale. All I want it for is to reduce the temp to around 23-25c and remove humidity at the same time. Anything over 26C and I don't sleep well. I think this kind of price is more than enough for most people for any bedroom. For larger living rooms I agree a 20,000+ A/C would be better.

The other point is if you go for temperature too low all the time, when ever you go outside would just shock your system with a lot dramatic temp changes. I've heard Australian taxi drivers complain of headaches in summer coz they keep changes between air con and getting out of their cars.

I read an article about acclimatizing to Thai weather and using a minimum amount of A/C is recommended for long stay so you acclimatize better.

Just my 2 cents worth.
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