AUX is a Chinese air conditioning brand established in 1994 under its parent company, AUX Group. While the group has other businesses such as real estate development, healthcare and investment services, its brand, AUX is primarily used for various air conditioning products including mini splits.
As of 2023, AUX Group has 6 research and development centers which 5 of which are located in China and one in Japan. AUX Group also has 11 manufacturing plants located across China and other countries such as Poland, Brazil and Thailand.
In 2023, a reputable Chinese ranking website ranked AUX as the top 4 air conditioner brand in China. The preceding brands are well-known brands; Gree, Midea and Haier.
According to Frost & Sullivan, the world’s leading corporate growth consulting company, AUX Air Conditioning ranks among the top 3 in the world in terms of cumulative sales of air conditioners for 4 years consecutive, from 2018 to 2021.
AUX mini splits are sold/distributed by AUXUSA in the United States.
AUXUSA is based in California to service the North American market. At present time, there are more than 30 direct sales outlets online, as well as cooperative agents in Texas, Oregon, Nevada, Tennessee and other states that are affiliated with the company.
As of writing, AUX offers 3 variants of mini splits; 12000 BTU, 24000 BTU and 36000 BTU.
All AUX mini splits are AHRI certified which means their quality is on par with other AHRI-certified mini splits. In addition, AUX mini splits are also ETL certified which means they are electrically safe to use.
Official from AUXUSA:
1-Ton, 12000 BTU
- AUX 12,000 BTU with 12 ft line set, no WiFi control: $820
- AUX 12,000 BTU with 12 ft line set and WiFi control: $850
- AUX 12,000 BTU with 25 ft line set, no WiFi control: $920
- AUX 12,000 BTU with 25 ft line set and WiFi control: $950
2-Ton, 24000 BTU
- AUX 24,000 BTU with 12 ft line set, no WiFi control: $1,200
- AUX 24,000 BTU with 12 ft line set and WiFi control: $1,320
- AUX 24,000 BTU with 25 ft line set, no WiFi control: $1,400
- AUX 24,000 BTU with 25 ft line set and WiFi control: $1,580
3-Ton, 36000 BTU
- AUX 36,000 BTU with 12 ft line set, no WiFi control: $2,100
- AUX 36,000 BTU with 12 ft line set and WiFi control: $2,200
- AUX 36,000 BTU with 25 ft line set, no WiFi control: $2,300
- AUX 36,000 BTU with 25 ft line set and WiFi control: $2,400
Compressor, Efficiency and Operating Range
AUX mini splits use Hitachi Highly and Toshiba GMCC compressors which are reliable and widely available. These compressors are also found in other mini splits.
The J-Smart AUX mini splits have an efficiency of SEER 17 for cooling and HSPF 9 for heating which is on par with many entry-level mini splits including Daikin 17, Fujitsu Infinite Comfort and Mitsubishi MSZ-JP.
AUX mini splits can comfortably produce warm air down to an ambient air temperature of 19.4°F. The AUX indoor unit noise level is controlled under 30 dB which is on par with many of its rivals.
Indoor Unit, Remote Controller and Features
The front panel of the indoor unit of AUX mini splits has LEDs that conveniently display the temperature. The unit’s air outlet has horizontal and vertical grilles for airflow direction control.
AUX mini splits come with a backlit remote controller. The backlight automatically turns off after some time which is good for sleep. Using the remote controller, you change the operation mode of AUX mini splits between Auto, Cool, Heat, Dry and Fan.
The remote controller also can be used to turn on the iClean function which cleans the evaporator coil. AUX mini splits also come with an ECO mode that saves energy. In addition, the Health function can be turned on to activate negative ions.
Refrigerant and Environmental Impact
AUX mini splits use R410A refrigerant, a non-flammable refrigerant that does not contribute to ozone depletion.
AUX mini splits come with a 12 ft or 25 ft line set, an 8 ft electrical wire for the outdoor unit, a drain pipe for the indoor unit, plastic pipe wrap, wall bracket for the indoor unit and neoprene putty to seal holes.
AUX mini splits have 5 years warranty on compressor and 1 year warranty on parts. Labor warranty subject to individual installer or contractor.