Ductless A/C systems offer homeowners a practical approach to home cooling. Ductless units are often the cooling choice for retrofits, new additions and homes that don’t have ductwork. To ensure your ductless system delivers peak cooling performance, work closely with your HVAC professional to install the indoor and outdoor parts in the ideal places.
Locations for the Outdoor Unit
The outdoor units of split ductless A/C systems contain the same basic components as their central central A/C system cousins. Though, ductless units and components are much smaller, which is a leading determinate for going ductless. In fact, the outdoor unit is small and light enough to be mounted to your home’s exterior wall, which saves you the time and expense of pouring a concrete pad.
Also, consider the sun when deciding upon the best place to install the outdoor unit. It’s better to shade the unit by installing it on the north side of the home, or with plants or an awning.
Since the conduit connecting the outdoor and indoor units may extend several dozen feet, you have many location options. Though, keep in mind that the closer the outdoor and indoor units are located to each other, the greater energy efficiency your ductless system provides.
Locations for the Indoor Unit
Unlike conventional A/C systems, ductless air handlers are contained within a small cabinet that may be mounted to a wall, the ceiling or the floor. Consider the following elements of efficiency, maintenance and comfort when deciding upon the ideal spot for the indoor unit:
- Clearance: Wall-mounted air handlers should be about six to seven feet above the floor.
- Airflow: Whether you choose a wall, ceiling cassette or floor installation, the unit should be centrally located in the zone to allow optimal airflow.
- Maintenance: Wall- and floor-mounted installations generally offer the easiest access for filter maintenance.
To learn more about the best places to install a ductless A/C in your Coastal Bend home, please contact us at CCAC today.
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