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Old 04-05-2017, 11:33 PM   #1
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Heating and cooling options

I'm sick and tired of having an oil filled heater and then a window AC unit for the bird room to maintain the temperature. It's the 3 season porch that we made into a 4 season porch with the addition of the heating/cooling that we plug in.

Does anybody have any experience with a mini split ductless heating/cooling for a room? Safe around the birds? Handles the dust and other dander that the birds produce?

When we built it, I wanted to extend the duct work into the room, but got nixed by the husband because we would have to cut a bit into the foundation to connect the duct work and am really regretting it. It's just a pain in the butt. And now after 7 years, the husband is complaining about the heating and cooling bill that has increased with the room. The ductless mini split is supposed to be more energy efficient.

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Hello there!

Your porch is how big? How many square feet? Do you know how many cubic feet or yards are in the room? If you can't figure it out, tell me the room size ( like 15 x 12 feet ) by the average height ( from floor to ceiling).

On an average room, I use a self contained mineral oil radiator heater. You plug it in and set it on any temperature you desire. It does not blow heat, it radiates heat. There are two sizes-one for a bathroom sized room, and one for a room about 12 feet by 16 feet by 8 foot ceiling. The larger one is about 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide by 8 inches deep. It rolls al round.

It is very quiet, no vapors, just plain heat. There is a heater inside the unit that heats up the oil and when the oil gets hot, it expands throughout the radiator cells and the heat is wonderful! In an average room, I would set the temp on about #4 ( out of 6 settings). I would locate the heater about 4 feet away from the birds. On the maximum setting, it uses the same amount of electricity as a blow dryer on high ( 15 watts). My electric bill did not even reflect an increase. If you want the name of the product and other info, give me a personal message and I will help you out.

The one I have is the taller one and it sits in a room that is 28 feet by 17 feet. I put the temp on setting #4. When I get up in the morning and go into that room, it is nice and when I wake up Bogie, his feet are warm. It has no adverse effect on the environment.

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I probably would not know anyway but I don't understand what you are describing as an alternative.
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Just wanted to say good luck! I know how bad window AC can be for electric bills, but I don't know any alternatives.
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It is never 100% safe to bring any electrical appliance around our birds. Using the radiator-style electric heater may be the option. If talked about the ductless mini split air conditioner, are cheaper, easy to install and solve the problem of cooling one area quite simply. They also may be cost effective on your bill. There might be some other factors that may be the reason for the high bills. It would be great if you hire a professional to come and look for the accurate reason behind this. They would also give you the valuable suggestions. My aunt did the same, when she faced same issue.

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