Mini Split Heat Pump Installation DIY
Mini split heat pump installation DIY is easy and can save you a huge amount of money. Ductless systems consist of two primary parts: the outdoor condenser, which contains the compressor, and the indoor unit that handles the air. The indoor and outdoor sections are linked by refrigerant tubing, a condensate drain, suction tubing and power. They are commonly used in multi-family housing units where small apartments or room additions are being built. This system is ideal when installing or extending ductwork is not possible, such as to a man cave located in a basement. They offer various pros and cons, which we’ll cover below.
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Mini split heat pump installation DIY is a great option in the following respects:
- No ductwork-related energy losses: Mini-splits don’t require ductwork, so they do not experience the energy losses that forced-air systems do.
- Lots of design flexibility: You can hang a mini-split on your wall, mount it flush into a drop ceiling or suspend it from your ceiling.
- Customizable settings: You can zone mini-split systems, with some models having up to four air handling units indoors that are connected to a single outdoor unit. There is a separate thermostat for each indoor unit, meaning each zone can be conditioned to different settings. This also means unoccupied zones don’t have to be warmed or cooled, which is a big energy and money saver.
- Quiet operation: Mini-split systems tend to make little noise when operating.
- Security: Mini-split systems only need a tiny hole bored through a wall, so unlike window-mounted units, a mini-split system will not make your home more vulnerable to intruders.
- Subtle appearance: Mini-splits are small and often do not stand out in a room.
Depending on your application, however, mini-splits may have a few limitations:
- Requires careful planning: Mini-split system need to be sized correctly – so due care and attention is required.
- Cost: Mini-split systems cost a bit more than conventional forced-air equipment.