If you’ve been considering a new heat pump or ductless mini split for your North Shore home, knowing where to put it is going to be an important decision that can determine the short and long-term success of your home comfort upgrade. At Kearney, we have seen countless configurations and uses for heat pumps and mini splits, and have learned a thing or ten about where to install them. Here are the top rooms to install a mini split, and the tips for heat pump installation placement that will help you get the most out of your new heating and cooling system.
Rooms to Install a Heat Pump or Mini Split
Ductless mini splits can be installed directly into the area that needs the extra heating and cooling power, making them popular for heating and cooling solutions in the following areas:
Bonus rooms are often left out of the ductwork system and can be notoriously hard to keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Adding a mini-split to your bonus room will provide zoned comfort all year round.
Recently finished basements or garages
If you have recently put the finishing touches on previously unused spaces like an unfinished basement or a garage to make it a livable space, adding a mini split will bring heating and cooling power without having to extend your ductwork and piggyback off your existing HVAC system.
Accessory dwelling units
Do you have a She Shed, or a finished structure on your property that needs heating and cooling in order to be used year round? These are great candidates for mini split installation.
Areas outside the central ductwork system
Perhaps you have added square footage to your home in recent years and have been relying on your current heating and cooling system to cover the extra ground. This can put added strain on a system designed for smaller spaces, and lead to increased costs and breakdowns. Add a mini split to your home expansion and maintain your comfort and efficiency!
Heat Pump Installation Tips
Once you’ve decided on the room you want to install your mini splits in, you’ll want to have an idea of where exactly on the wall a heat pump should be installed. Your heat pump needs to be installed in a place that promotes ease of distribution, is accessible for maintenance, and is aesthetically pleasing. A few good rules of thumb are as follows:
Install on an exterior wall if possible
Leave 6”-12” of space from the ceiling to the top of the air handler
Install the outside compressor as close to the indoor air handler as possible
Save on Heat Pump Installation Costs with Mass Save Rebates
Your utility company is offering a rebate through the Mass Save program that will greatly reduce the cost of your heat pump installation! With a trusted local contractor like Kearney, you’ll be able to take advantage of fantastic program rebates for installing new heating and cooling equipment, like Mitsubishi Electric ductless mini split heat pumps. Rebates for whole-house heat pump replacement systems can be up to $10,000!