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LG Art Cool Provides Attractive Ductless Units on a Budget

by Chad Ludeman on March 20, 2009 · 9 comments

in Design,HVAC

We have been planning on using a supplemental split-ductless or heat-pump HVAC system in the 120K House from day one. These units are very efficient, supply both heating and cooling, and eliminate ductwork that can further reduce efficiency and air quality in standard HVAC systems. The main complaint I have with these units is that they mount to the wall and come in non-design savy “white-box” configurations.

If only someone would solve this simple industrial design issue and make an attractive wall-mount unit. Well, along came LG and did just that with their ARTCOOL series of split-ductless units. First off, these LG units are typically slimmer with cleaner lines than the average unit on the market. Secondly, they come in a variety of finishes including Mirror (SS), Wood Grain and even picture frame units that can hold a picture of your own in it.

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Above, you can see a comparison between a normal Fujitsu model that we originally spec’ed out and an example of the LG Mirrored unit that we are now looking to use. This is a slight upgrade that was not in the original budget, but I think it will be well worth it considering the typical client of ours will most likely be more design savvy than the average home buyer.

A version of the model pictured above will be going in the 120K House shortly and we will have more updates and actual photos once it is installed. On another note, it’s nice to see companies like LG placing importance on the field of Industrial Design. So many companies seem to pass this part of the company off as to artsy to be important to their brand or bottom line. This seems short-sighted and just plain outdated. More and more companies every day seem to be catching on and blessing us with more beautiful products at the same or similar cost. Thank you LG and everyone like you.

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1 Phil March 20, 2009 at 9:43 am

Sweet. Where can you get these and do HVAC guys install them?

Thanks.

2 chad March 20, 2009 at 9:51 am

Phil – If you google “LG Artcool” you will find a number of online retailers. This is a fairly simple install for any HVAC contractor. The heat pump goes on the roof just like an A/C unit would. A line set is run down to the wall mounted unit and a condensation line runs from the wall mounted unit to a drain in your house. Pretty simple…

3 Phil March 20, 2009 at 9:56 am

Great, thanks- I have a property in Fishtown without central air, something like this would be ideal due to space limitations….

4 chad March 20, 2009 at 10:02 am

Bingo. I would budget about $2500 installed for a basic unit.

5 robert morrison March 24, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Don’t know if they sell these in US, but I have the same kind of reversible heat pump split system unit in my house, except made by DeLonghi. The difference is that the internal unit is (arguably) even slicker, and it comes with pre-charged refrigerant lines that mean you can INSTALL IT YOURSELF. Mine cost me 850 euros here in france. Works really well, paid for itself in about 14 months (electric costs saved) new model looks like this
http://www.delonghi.fr/upload/produits/PLSI_130AR_zoom.jpg
And no i don’t work for DeLonghi! Its just a great simple bit of kit. Watch out for the defrost reverse woosh if you are using it to heat on a cold day, sounds dramatic but is normal for a heat pump

6 Thurston April 9, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Just wondering if you had this installed yet. I am considering this for my DC rowhouse, and would like to know how it looks in an actual home.

Thanks!

7 eikoh March 26, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Let’s see some pics! Also, where exactly in the house is this installed?

8 Chad Ludeman March 30, 2010 at 10:05 am

FYI – Our installer contact info can be found at http://affordablenjhvac.com/. They do this work on the side of their full time HVAC jobs and can offer competitive prices in the Philly and South Jersey areas.

9 Greg May 13, 2010 at 8:17 pm

I have a 18000btu mirrored one just sitting around until I get my renovation done.. can’t wait to install it!… On thing Im thinking about is seperate rooms my kitchen, bathroom & tv room are seperate but joined by a hallway I guess I can make one unit work.. Do most people get a couple of the smaller for different rooms???…

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