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Where to Install Ductless A/C

Posted on June 2, 2020
by Appleby Systems

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When it comes to keeping your family cool and comfortable in the summer heat, nothing beats having a quality air conditioning system installed in your home. It’s no secret that Southern Ontario summers can get hot and sticky, and if your house isn’t climate controlled you’re in for some unpleasant days and nights. 

Today, there are several different options for residential AC, and one that has been growing in popularity is mini-split ductless air conditioning. 

Why go with Ductless AC? 

As the name suggests, ductless AC doesn’t require the use of ductwork in your home, and as such is quick and easy to install while also offering other exciting benefits. Ductless AC is more energy-efficient than standard AC systems, it is environmentally friendly and customizable to meet your needs. You’ll get more consistent cooling and have the ability to cool specific zones for ultimate comfort.  

Figuring out where to install a ductless air conditioner can be perplexing to many homeowners, so here is a brief guide to let you know where it’s all supposed to go. A ductless system delivers cooled air directly from the indoor heads (coils)and you need to determine where these will go before making any other plans. They should be placed in areas that will require the most cooling, for best results. 

Make Sure You Have Equal Air Distribution 

You want the ductless unit (head/coil) installed in a central location where air can be distributed evenly throughout the room. This usually means placing the ductless indoor unit (head/coil) 1 foot from the ceiling.  

It’s also important to install wall-mounted units so the filters can easily be reached. Aesthetically, you should try to position ductless unit (head/coil) so they don’t conflict with windows or clash with your interior. 

Ductless AC Should Only be Placed on Exterior Walls 

Ideally, you’ll want to install your indoor ductless unit (head/coil) only on exterior walls. This means a wall that leads directly to the outside on the other side and not to a different room in the house or a hallway. You can install the unit on an interior wall but that would entail opening finished walls.  

Outdoor A/C Wall Unit

Rules for The Outdoor AC Component 

Once you have your indoor air handler plans in place, you can decide where to position the outdoor unit. It’s important that the outdoor unit has a good amount of unhindered airflow and that there is a clear path for air leaving the house to vent outside. You’ll also want it to be easily accessible to HVAC technicians in case you need quick service. If possible, try to keep it out of direct sunlight and keep the unit itself off any soft groundideally on top of a cement foundation.  

Don't let the heat of the summer get you down. Getting a ductless air conditioner unit is as easy as giving the experts at Appleby Systems a call. 

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