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Daikin Mini Splits Available at Goodman Distribution Locations

Posted by AC Contractor on May 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Last week we reported on Daikin's first, noticeable actions to distribute HVAC products through Goodman locations since their merger. We anticipated more changes quickly. Yesterday we received pricing from our local territory manager for Daikin mini split products which will be available at Goodman Distribution locations throughout the United States in the near future. Initially, branches will stock the KE single zone, LV single zone and 2-4 zone mini split systems which we will be adding to our new HVAC installation packages.

Although they are extremely common outside the United States, mini splits have only recently become popular domestically. Unlike our ducted central AC's, a mini split air handler mounts on the wall or ceiling of the room, blowing air directly into the space it is cooling. We say room because they really don't have the ability to force cool or warm air through doors, partitions or other obstructions. They would require an air handler in most rooms of a home. This would have advantages in a new construction application because of energy savings due to ability to easily zone. However, many of our structures are built with central cooling and heating systems, we often see them used as add-ons to an existing system. Common examples we see of people needing more air conditioning in Tampa include: sunrooms, garages and home additions.

Daikin manufactures a premium product line with efficiency reaching up to 24.5 SEER. Within Florida, their primary competitor would be Mitsubishi with LG as a distant second. It can easily be argued that Daikin now has a much stronger distribution network with considerably more contractors. It will be interesting to see how this plays out within the mini split market or if it changes the landscape of the HVAC industry entirely.


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