Quite a number of years ago, I was working in a church.
- The church was quite small and had a very small budget to match.
When the HVAC system began going on the fritz on a regular basis, it was time for the pastor to start thinking about discontinuing HVAC repairs and begin to think about getting an HVAC replacement or upgrade. The a/c guy that came to do all the repairs suggested that the church get a mini-split air conditioner. That was the first time I had ever heard of that kind of air conditioner. I had to go look it up online to see what it was. It was intriguing, but at that time, there was only one manufacturer that was selling them. Because it seemed to be new HVAC technology, and had a high price tag to go with it, the pastor was not convinced it was a good idea. He called on parishioners who were in the trades to give their opinions, and most of them liked the idea of the mini-split a/c but did not have any experience with them. Therefore, they did not know if they worked as well as claims suggested. They ended up going with a more traditional HVAC unit and got it installed on the roof. Nowadays, there are numerous brands of mini-split air conditioners, and I think they have been proven to be quite an awesome cooling method. Recently, I found out that mini-split a/c units were being sold in other countries for many years before they were being sold in this country. Apparently, a lot of the HVAC companies did not think the profit margin was great enough.