Mini-Split Installation Steps For Cooling And Heating Your New Room Addition

If you're planning a room addition, you may be wondering how to cool and heat the extra room. It isn't always easy to connect to your existing HVAC system, and in that case, having a mini-split system installed could be the perfect solution. Here's a quick look at the steps involved in a mini-split installation.

Get Help Sizing Your Unit

It's always good to get professional help to size your new heating and cooling unit. A mini-split is similar to a window AC in that you need a larger unit for larger rooms. However, you may also need to take insulation, room layout, and other factors into account so you buy the right size for your needs and get the ultimate cooling and heating effect. Once you choose the equipment you want to buy, you may also need advice on where to install it.

Consider Where You'll Place The Equipment

Figuring out where to put the blower on the wall takes careful thought. If your room addition is for a nursery, you don't want the cool air to blow directly on your baby. Think about where the furniture will be placed in the room and where your bed or the baby crib will be so the room stays conditioned without making anyone in the room too cold. Also, the blower has to be a certain distance from windows, the ceiling, and obstructions like furniture.

The condenser outside can be placed against the addition wall, but if you're sensitive to noises, you might want the condenser placed on the roof or against the wall of another room so you don't hear the condenser kick on and off at night. You might also want the condenser mounted off of the ground so leaves or snow don't pile up against it and block airflow.

Drill A Hole For The Tubing

Since a mini-split installation involves working with wiring and refrigerant, the job should be done by a professional. A professional also ensures the equipment is installed properly so there is a low risk of leaks and other problems.

A mini-split installation often starts with drilling a hole through the wall so tubing can be passed through that connects the condenser to the blower. This includes wiring, copper tubing, and a condensation drain. The tubes may be wrapped in insulation to protect them from freezing.

The hole has to be slanted so condensation is able to drain away from the blower. Condensation forms as the mini-split cools your home, and the water has to drain away properly or the water might drip from the blower and get your wall and floor wet. Once the equipment is installed and the tubing connected, the mini-split is ready to be tested with the remote control that comes with the system, allowing you to regulate the temperature in the room. To learn more, contact a mini-split installation service.