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Comfort-Aire VMH18SC-1

18,000 BTU 17 SEER Single Zone Ductless Heat Pump System

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Comfort-Aire's "V" Series mini-splits utilize inverter technology to reduce temperature fluctuations while saving up to 40% on energy consumption (compared to a standard mini-split).

Basically the inverter allows the compressor to run at variable speeds to match the demand, providing precise temperature control.

Most of the time the unit runs at a low "economy" speed to maintain the temperature and humidity levels. During times of high demand, the compressor ramps up automatically to a higher speed.  Inverter units reach SEER levels as high as 20 for real energy efficiency.

Mini-splits are the ideal solution for conditioning areas where adding ductwork is impractical or too expensive. This includes older homes, bedrooms, sunrooms, additions, office spaces, computer rooms, sports arena skyboxes, and interior warehouse offices, to name just a few.

Standard Features

  • Whisper Quiet—High tech fan in the indoor unit delivers balanced air flow
  • Temperature Compensation—Indoor unit adjusts automatically as needed to eliminate stratification between ceiling and floor temperatures
  • Random Swing—Continually adjusts air direction for a gentle, breeze-like effect
  • Multiple Modes—Cooling, dehumidification only, air circulation (heating in heat pump models) plus: Sleep mode, 24-hour timer and turbo mode
  • Auto Operation—Automatically adjusts to maintain a constant temperature/humidity level
  • Air Filtration—An air filter helps trap dust, pollen and other particles in the air; this permanent filter is designed to be washed on a regular basis and re-installed
  • Auto Restart—Reverts to the last setting following a power failure
  • Low Ambient Operation—Crankcase heater allow operation at 5°F (cooling)

Complete your system by selecting a line set from the Accessories tab above.  Line sets come in 15, 35, and 50 foot lengths.

Total Cooling Capacity BTU

The total amount of cooling delivered by the system. This number is inclusive of all interior air handlers.

Total Cooling Capacity BTU
17,500 BTU
Total Cooling Capacity
1.5 Ton(s)
Maximum Heating Output BTU

The amount of heat, rated in British Thermal Units (BTUs), that the unit can deliver into the space. Not sure how many BTUs you need? Try our easy Equipment Sizing Estimator.

Maximum Heating Output BTU
17,400 BTU
SEER

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a measure of cooling over an entire season. It is determined by comparing the amount of cooling produced in BTUs in relation to the amount of electricity used. A higher SEER means a system is more energy efficient and would provide comfort at a lower utility cost than a lower SEER system.

SEER
17 SEER
Energy Efficiency Ratio

The measure of air conditioner efficiency at its maximum load

Energy Efficiency Ratio
12.0 EER
Heating Seasonal Performance Factor

A measure of heat pump efficiency while in a heating mode. The higher the number the better the energy efficiency.

Heating Seasonal Performance Factor
8.5 HSPF
Refrigerant

Inside air conditioning systems are liquid/gas refrigerant. There are two types of this refrigerant available for use, R-22 (more commonly known as Freon), and a newer alternative R-410A.

An air conditioning system does not consume refrigerant, but reuses it. As long as there are no leaks in the refrigerant circuit, there is no need to ever add more refrigerant to an air conditioning system.

Although R-22 is an effective refrigerant, if it is released into the atmosphere it can contribute to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer. The EPA has mandated the phasing out the use of R-22. It is being replaced by R-410A.

As of 2010, manufacturers are required to make all new air conditioners with R-410A. However, R-22 is still available for sale in existing pre-2010-manufactured equipment, and for use in servicing existing R-22 equipment. By 2020, R-22 will no longer be manufactured, but will still be recycled and available for sale.

Refrigerant
R-410A
Moisture Removal

The amount of water that can be removed from the air rated in pints per hour.

Moisture Removal
3.6 Pts/Hr
Factory Precharge

This unit is charged with enough refrigerant for the condensing unit evaporator coil and the length of line stated. Longer line sets can be used but would require some additional refrigerant for appropriate operation.

Factory Precharge
16.5 Feet
Maximum Fuse/Breaker

The maximum capacity breaker that the unit can be connected to (This is the best option for consistent performance)

Maximum Fuse/Breaker
20 Amps
Wiring Requirement for Indoor Unit

The wiring recommended to connect the outdoor unit to the interior air handler.

Wiring Requirement for Indoor Unit
4 Conductor/ 14 Gauge
Maximum Line Length

The maximum length of line set approved for use with this product.

Maximum Line Length
82 Feet
Maximum Height Difference

The maximum vertical distance between the condensing unit and the air handler.

Maximum Height Difference
32.8 Feet
Line Set Connection Type

There are two main types of connections for HVAC products brazed and flared. Brazed connections are typically used in standard split systems, and flare connections are typically used on mini splits and can be connected using a wrench.

Line Set Connection Type
Flare
ENERGY STAR® Qualified

Products earn the ENERGY STAR label by meeting the energy efficiency requirements set forth in ENERGY STAR specifications. The EPA establishes these specifications based on the following set of principles:

  • Product categories must contribute significant energy savings nationwide.
  • Qualified products must deliver the features and performance demanded by consumers, in addition to increased energy efficiency.
  • If the qualified product costs more than a conventional, less-efficient counterpart, purchasers will recover their investment in increased energy efficiency through utility bill savings, within a reasonable period of time.
  • Energy efficiency can be achieved through broadly available, non-proprietary technologies offered by multiple manufacturers.
  • Product energy consumption and performance can be measured and verified with testing.
  • Labeling would effectively differentiate products and be visible for purchasers.

ENERGY STAR® Qualified
Yes
Zones

The number of interior air handlers connected to the condensing unit. Typically one, two, or three zones.

Zones
1
Liquid Line Connection Size

The outside diameter of the liquid line pipe (the inside diameter of the connection on the equipment).

Liquid Line Connection Size
1/4 Inches
Suction Line Connection Size

The outside diameter of the suction line (the inside diameter of the connection on the equipment).

Suction Line Connection Size
1/2 Inches
Indoor Section Size, W x H x D
42 1/2 x 12 5/8 x 7 7/8 Inches
Sound Rating, Indoor

The noise produced by the unit rated in decibels. 30dbs is equivalent to a whisper, 60dbs is equivalent to a normal conversation, 90 dbs is equivalent to a lawn mower.

Sound Rating, Indoor
42 / 45 / 48 Decibels
Outdoor Section Size, W x H x D
33 1/4 x 27 3/8 x 13 3/16 Inches
Indoor Section Weight
31.9 Lbs
Outdoor Section Weight
110.2 Lbs
Voltage
208 / 230 Volts
Frequency
60 Hz
Voltage Phase
1
Compressor Warranty
6 Years
Parts Warranty
2 Years

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