Mini splits are an increasingly popular option for modern heating and cooling solutions these days, offering homeowners in the Shenandoah Valley unprecedented control and comfort when it comes to energy efficient heating and cooling systems for their homes. But where are the best places to install a mini split? The experts at Excel Heating & Cooling are here to help you understand why ductless heat pump placement matters and how your mini split location can help you get the most out of your home performance.
How Do Mini Splits Work?
Mini split heat pump systems offer a popular and money-saving solution to heating and cooling your home that doesn’t require the expense of installing or retrofitting ductwork. They operate quietly and allow you to implement home zoning, where you can customize the amount of heating and cooling that specific rooms or areas of your house receive. This way, you can increase your home’s energy efficiency and reduce your energy bills at the same time.
Mini splits are (you guessed it) split into two main components, one inside your home and one outside. The indoor component, also called the air handler, is mounted directly to a wall inside the room that requires heating and cooling. It connects through refrigerant line piping out to the exterior component, known as the condenser.
Mini splits work in the summer and the winter, providing your home with heating and cooling where they’re most needed. And because there’s no ductwork involved, you won’t have to worry about air leaks in your ducts wasting valuable (and costly) conditioned air.
What’s the Best Indoor Mini Split Placement?
Is there a room or area in your house that’s particularly warm in the summer and cold in the winter? Do you have a family member who likes their room to be a different temperature than everyone else’s? Because ductless heat pumps aren’t designed to handle large areas, they give you the opportunity to place one or more indoor units throughout your home, wherever you think they’ll be most necessary.
Mini splits can be a great choice both for homes without any central air ductwork installed, or that have ductwork that only services specific areas of your home (for example, many older houses don’t have ductwork on their second floor, and sometimes it’s too expensive to extend existing ductwork to cover converted living spaces above garages or additions).
A few common places where air handler units can make a difference in the comfort of your home include:
Bonus rooms above garages
Four season sunrooms
Wherever you decide, make sure you choose exterior walls to mount the units on, as they’ll need to be connected via refrigerant line piping to the condenser outside. Consider a central location, where the conditioned air won’t be blocked by furniture or the layout of your room.
What’s the Best Outdoor Mini Split Unit Placement?
Like the interior units, the actual installation of the exterior half of your mini split is a job best left to the professionals, like the team at Excel Heating & Cooling, who can work with you to pick the right location from both a performance and visual perspective. But, in general, your condenser unit should be set up in fairly close proximity to all indoor handler units. You should look for an area without much direct sunlight and away from shrubs, bushes and debris that can impede airflow and system performance. Your condenser doesn’t even have to be sitting on the ground; some models can be mounted with brackets (again, by a service professional) to the outside of an exterior wall.
Call Excel to Take the First Steps Towards Comfort
When it comes to ductless mini split heating and air conditioning systems, there are a variety of options to consider. Every model is given a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, which tracks the system’s maximum energy efficiency. There are also Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heat pump models, where a single outdoor unit can be connected to numerous indoor units. With all the available heat pump options, the exact type and model of heat pump that will work best for your Virginia home can be tricky to determine.
That’s why Excel Heating & Cooling can help. Schedule a home visit with us, and one of our qualified HVAC technicians can walk you through the various options available and make recommendations for the best system to keep your home comfortable year-round. We’ll also help work with you to qualify for any utility incentives or cash rebates available for Dominion Power and Columbia Gas customers in the central Shenandoah Valley area.