Daikin 12000 BTU Mini Split Review

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Updated November 20, 2022
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According to stateoftheair.org, 5 out of 10 people living across the world breathe very low-quality air, and this is very detrimental to our health. One of the things that you can do to help improve the quality of air that you breathe is to either change your surroundings, or install an air conditioning system in your home or office. There are many different types of great air conditioners to consider, but one that we have found to be very efficient in terms of energy consumption and effectiveness is the ductless mini-split air conditioner. They may appear to be an expensive option at first, but with a setup that involves an indoor unit, an outdoor unit, and a heat pump, it’s got pretty much everything you need for your indoor climate control. Going for the best ductless mini-split air conditioner is definitely going to cost you a lot of money, but if you’re looking for a simple solution that’ll work well, the Daikin 12000 BTU Mini Split air-con is going to do you just fine.

Why We Like It – Daikin 12000 BTU Mini Split

The Daikin 12000 BTU Mini Split air conditioning system is perfect for anyone that wants to spend under $1000, and still end up with a quality product. It’s got a SEER rating of 17 making it energy efficient, so you shouldn’t expect your electricity bill to rise too far with it.

  • Competitively priced
  • Easy to maintain
  • 10 Year Parts Warranty
  • No WiFi/App for smartphone integration


Similar to the Cooper and Hunter mini-split, the Daikin mini-split heat pump has a BTU rating of 12000, making it perfect for rooms of up to 550 square feet. This is slightly less than the room coverage that you’ll get with the SENL-09CD Senville Mini-Split, but the Senville split system does have a slightly better energy efficiency rating. This means your electricity bill is not likely to rise as much as it would with the Daikin mini split air conditioner. Another option with the same power is the model we discuss in our HomeLabs 12000 BTU portable air conditioner review.

Energy Efficiency

Two ratios are normally used to determine the energy efficiency of an HVAC system. There’s the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER), and the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The Daikin ductless mini-split system has a SEER & EER ratio of 17, making it about 4 points higher than the minimum, industry-recommended standard of 13. It’s not really the best in the industry, but for a mini-split AC that’s going for less than $1000, it’s still a good bargain. Still, for an even higher SEER rating of 22, you’ll want to check out our Ductlessaire mini-split review.


The air filters in the Daikin mini-split heat pump are both washable and easily removable, so keeping them well maintained shouldn’t be a huge problem. This is an aspect that the heat pump actually has in common with the WYSO12A-19 wall mounted Pioneer mini split conditioner, making the two perfect choices for anyone that wouldn’t want to have a difficult time during maintenance.


The typical lifespan of a good mini split air system is about 20 years, but this is of course with proper use and good maintenance. You can also expect the Daikin 12000 BTU air conditioning system to last a similar length, and just to make sure you don’t experience any problems with it when it’s still new, it’s backed by a 10-year parts manufacturer’s warranty that’s a lot better than the 5 years on parts and 7 years on compressor warranty that you’ll get with the MRCOOL mini-split heat pump.

If you need a portable unit, you’ll want to check out our Black+Decker BPACT14WT portable conditioner display review and our EdgeStar 14,000 BTU dual-hose portable air conditioner heater review.


Mini-splits are designed to last a very long duration of use, making them the perfect solution to your air conditioning problems. You also won’t need to walk up to them to set up since modern ones come with a remote control, and since a lot of them guarantee quiet operation, you won’t be distracted in any way during your sleep.

Daikin 12000 BTU Mini Split Wrap Up

While most mini-split systems are known to be quite expensive, the Daikin 12000 BTU mini split AC is a great alternative for anyone that isn’t ready to spend too much on one. It’s easy to operate, has a decent coverage area, and is also energy efficient.

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