Some styles of homes work better with heat pumps than others. In this article, we’re going to explore possible ductless heat pump configurations that work well for the following home styles:
- Split-entry & Bungalow
- Single level
These are the most common installation configurations we have done, but of course, we aren’t limited to these. If you have an idea for how you would like a heat pump installed in your home, give us a call 902-530-5002 or fill out the form here so we can schedule a site visit and discuss how we can make it work for you.
A) Split Entry and Bungalows
Split entries and bungalows are two of the best home layouts for ductless heat pumps.
The traditional bungalow or split entry is very open on the top level with a hallway that runs the full length of the top floor.
One, single indoor head can generally provide some heat to the entire top level, if it can be positioned at the end of that hallway and push heat down towards the bedrooms.
Of course, the doors to the bedrooms must be left open, and they will not reach the same temperature as the main living area of the home.
Example: If the main living area was set for 20°C then the bedrooms could reach 17-18°.
In most homes of this style, we’ve found that a 15,000 to 18,000 BTU sized unit will work well.
The downstairs in these types of homes isn’t often as open concept. One half is usually finished as a rec room or family room, and the other half may be split up into additional bedrooms, home office or bathroom.
Installing a single heat pump head in the family/TV room area of the bottom floor is generally the best location. A 9,000 – 12,000 BTU indoor unit is the most common size in this application.
Homeowners would have the option of purchasing a multizone system where both of those indoor heads run off of one outdoor unit or purchasing two single zone systems, where each indoor unit runs off its own outdoor unit.
B) 2 or 1.5-Story Homes
Two and 1.5-story homes are traditionally more split up than bungalows and split entries. Mini-split heat pumps can still provide savings and comfort, but you must take a bit more care in choosing the install location.
Heat from the indoor unit will travel well in a straight line, but not so well around corners and up stairways. For this reason, you want to install the indoor unit in the room/areas of the main level where you spend the most time.
For the upper level, it’s hard to install just one unit that will provide heating and cooling to all of the upstairs bedrooms.
The best chance is if a single indoor wall or floor mount unit can be installed at the end of a hallway. In most homes, an upstairs unit is installed in the master bedroom, and this is primarily for air conditioning in the summer.
C) Single Level
If you live in a ranch style home, on a slab, or a mobile home, then you likely have a layout similar to the upper level of a bungalow. One half is presumably very open concept, while the other half is split up into bedrooms and bathroom.
If you can install an indoor unit at the end of a hallway, then you will be able to push some of the heat down towards the bedrooms from the main living area.
While two units can be beneficial, the second indoor head is most often installed in the master bedroom for shoulder season heating and summertime cooling.
Are there other Configurations?
These are by no means the only configurations of heat pump installs we do in Bridgewater, but they are the most common configurations we see.
Schedule an in-home assessment with one of us to get a custom quote for your home’s layout and needs. Give us a call 902-530-5002 or fill out the form here so we can schedule a site visit and discuss how we can make it work for you.