If you’re looking for an efficient way to install a good heating and air conditioning system in your home, then you won’t go wrong with a ductless mini-split system. It’s also popular due to its low operating costs, which means you can heat or cool your home without worrying about your monthly energy bill. But you might be wondering where exactly is the best spot to place the indoor air handler and the outdoor unit. Here MLD HVAC Services explains what’s needed in the proper installation of a ductless mini-split system.
Where to Place the Indoor Air Handler
This component comes first in a typical ductless mini-split installation because it influences where the outdoor unit goes. A ductless system delivers air directly from its indoor air handler, so it should be placed in the room where you want most of your heating and cooling to occur. If the unit is wall-mounted, it should be installed eight to 10 feet from the floor, and be located in a spot that allows it to blend well visually with other features of the room.
If you decide to install the air handler in a bedroom, most air conditioning and heating repair specialists recommend placing it above the bed. where it can help maintain a comfortable temperature while you sleep. Preventing air from blowing directly onto you is as simple as adjusting the air handler’s louvers. The location should also be easy to access so that you can get to the unit to operate it manually and clean the air filter every two weeks.
Placing the Outdoor Unit
Make sure you have open space available for the outdoor unit, such as on a terrace or under an awning above the wall so the compressor and condenser will receive unhindered airflow. There should also be a clear path for exiting fan air to vent outdoors. The location must also be easily accessible to HVAC technicians for quick and convenient service, and all service fittings should be within view of the technician.
Other Tips to Keep in Mind
The indoor unit should only be installed on exterior walls. This is any wall in your home that makes direct contact with the outdoors, such as one that shares a wall with the backyard. An interior wall, like the one in your bedroom that shares a wall with the hallway, wouldn’t work.
Your outdoor unit shouldn’t be installed in a place that’s under direct sunlight all day long. This may not always be the case for some homes, which is fine. As for the indoor air handler, however, direct sunlight can cause it to misread the temperature of the room, so make sure to place it in a spot that’s away from direct sunlight at any time of the day.
As the best heating and air conditioning repair company in the area, you can be confident with what we offer at MLD HVAC Services. You can reach us by calling (512) 528-4258 or through our convenient online contact form.