Ductless minisplit for a storefront?
I've been reading a lot about minisplits on here and their virtues for heating and cooling homes. I currently rent a 500 square foot storefront on the ground level of a 3 storey brick commercial building. The climate zone is 5B. The only heat is electric baseboard plus a space heater in the back workshop area. This winter I was paying $300 per month to heat the small space and with the heaters full out, it was still 15 degrees (celsius) in here. This is despite the two side walls being cojoined to adjacent buildings and the space is only 12' wide, so the front and rear walls are very small.
I realize the building is old and leaky and that heat escapes every time someone comes in the door. If I can achieve at least mediocre air sealing (right now it's probably awful), would a 9000 or 12000 BTU minisplit unit heat the space? I'm sure someone has tried it in a storefront like this, as there are thousands just like it. I'm trying to determine if I should ask the landlord to consider this option and possibly contribute some money and/or labour to it myself.
Thanks for any advice
Posted Fri, 04/25/2014 - 18:40
Edited Sat, 04/26/2014 - 06:45
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