A ductless heat pump is a good way to heat and cool a home addition, a basement renovation, or a garage conversion. You can even control the temperature in your entire house with a ductless heat pump and have individual controls for different zones of your home. Installing a ductless heat pump is much easier and quicker than installing a traditional HVAC. Here's a look at the process.
Choose The Installation Points
You'll need to pick the best places for the condenser outside and the blower inside. Depending on how you use the system, you could have one or more blowers that mount on the walls. Your installation contractor can help you select the best locations that are away from heat, the required height from the floor, and the necessary distance from the ceiling.
Choosing a place for the condenser outside is a matter of selecting a spot that is out of direct sunlight if possible. Your contractor might also encourage you to have the condenser mounted to the wall of your house with brackets rather than place the condenser on a pad so it can be safe from mud, rain puddles, and snow during all seasons of the year.
Mount The Bracket And Hang The Blower
The indoor blowers hang from big brackets that screw to the wall. This makes installation quick and easy. It's necessary to make sure the blower is completely level or it won't drain and operate properly.
Mount The Condenser To The Wall
The condenser mounts to the exterior wall with brackets too. The indoor bracket is invisible when covered by the blower, but the outdoor brackets can be seen since they support the weight of the condenser on the bottom. Still, the heat pump isn't an eyesore as all the equipment and cables are kept close together and neatly contained.
Connect The Cables And Wires
There are no ducts involved, so the installer won't have to bother with those. The last step in a ductless heat pump installation is to connect the cables and wires that run between the blower inside and the condenser outside. This is done by drilling a hole through the wall near the blower and near the condenser so the refrigerant cables, condensation drain, and electric wires can pass through.
The ductless heat pump installation process seems simple, but it isn't usually a DIY project. Instead, you'll need professional contractors to ensure the work is done properly and according to code. You may need an electrician to install a new circuit and disconnect box for the condenser as well as a heating contractor to mount the equipment and make the cable connections.