Have you decided to install a heat pump in your home to make those cold winter nights warmer and those hot summer days cooler? You have already made an excellent decision to not only improve the comfort of your home but also add value to your property. Now you might be wondering how you can make the most out of your investment. An important question to ask before installing your heat pump is where to place it. Lite Energy gives a run-through of the best areas you can place both your indoor and outdoor units.
The indoor unit of your heat pump circulates the warm or cold air inside of your home. Depending on what type of heat pump you go for, this can be a high wall, under ceiling, cassette or floor unit.
- A high wall unit is mounted on the wall getting air from above and below and pushing air downwards and horizontally into the room it’s in.
- An under ceiling unit is mounted on the underside of the ceiling, next to a wall, getting air from below and the side and directing it across the room on ceiling level.
- A cassette is mounted within the ceiling panels, bringing in air from below and pushing it out at its edges at ceiling level.
- A floor unit is placed above the floor at the wall, bringing air in from the floor level and pushing it up the wall.
Whatever type of heat pump you select for your home, it is essential that there are no obstructions around the unit that would prevent the air from circulating freely around the room and your home. As an example, don’t place a floor unit next to a large set of drawers or a high wall heat pump by your kitchen cabinets. High wall units can’t be placed on the floor, and floor units should not be placed close to the ceiling! The most important thing you need to think about is the airflow. Putting your unit near draughts will impair the heat pump’s performance and take the warm air away from where you want it to go. Another issue can be putting it too close to the ceiling, which may falsely shut down the unit, as it is generally warmer higher in the room. If you put the unit in an isolated corner, parts of the room may not be heated up properly. All these issues highlight the need for thorough planning before installing a heat pump indoor unit!
If you have a ducted heat pump, place your vents smartly around your rooms and put them as far away from each other as possible to ensure all parts of your home get the warmth equally.
The best thing you can do is to discuss your options with your electricians, Lite Energy. We will find an optimal placement option that encourages airflow into most areas of the house and ensures the comfort levels stay high!
Now you might be wondering if there is an optimal location to place your outdoor unit. Indeed, the placement of these machines is incredibly important. They need to be placed in an area where they aren’t obstructed with plenty of airflow available. Many clients would like to put their outdoor unit in a concealed location, as it might impact the way that the exterior of their home looks. However, this is not a great idea, as it will significantly influence the unit’s performance.
For the most outstanding performance, put it in an area that gets the most sun. This will save you some money and ensure the unit performs well even during the colder months. As the outdoor unit can be pretty noisy, place it away from bedrooms and maintain it regularly to avoid any complications. Place it in a sheltered spot around the house, away from any obstructions and create drainage around the unit to prevent any water from getting into the vents and to avoid corrosion. Our experienced electrical team can help select an ideal position for the outdoor unit at your home to ensure your heat pump performs the best.
Get in touch with Lite Energy if you would like to install a heat pump in your home and need expert advice about where to place it! We will help you select the best location for both your indoor and outdoor unit to get the most out of your machines. Call us today or send us an email!