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Installing Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps in a Prefab Home

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Installing Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps

The ductless mini-split heat pumps provide even-steven heat in most of the rooms inside modern modular homes. The mini-split heat pumps would cool the summer heat or heat the cold winter with radiant heat, all thanks to the “thermal envelope” of the prefabricated structure.

The sustainable modules are fast tracked in today’s prefab housing off the climate-controlled factory, and the heating and cooling systems like mini-split heat pumps work fewer hours to keep living temperature intact. You can mount the mini-split heat pumps to the radiant ceilings, or keep components hidden with mini-split heat pump on the concrete floor, to emit the radiant heat throughout a room.

Homeowners can reduce the duct installation cost and duct loss drastically whilst improving the energy efficiency at home by installing the ductless mini-split heat pumps to the sidewalls of a prefab. The ductless mini-split radiant heat components comprise of an indoor air-handling unit and an outdoor compressor. The conduit housing electric cables, refrigerant and suction tubes, and condensate drain, etc., would connect condenser outside to the inside air-handling unit in mini-split radiant heat systems.

With mini-split heat pumps, homeowners won’t have to increase the headroom in basements or lose crawlspace in the attic to accommodate space for the ductwork. It is said that the ductless mini-split heat system is a good way to build a room addition as well, thanks to the nullification of ductwork. In fact, not just the sidewalls but the mini-split radiant heat systems can also be mounted to the floor or the ceiling.

Many homeowners add a programmable thermostat to better control the living temperature in this particular radiant heat system. What’s more, homeowners get warm and cool air for all conditions without having to hook-up to the existing system, which is not sized for an additional load, in the case of room additions.

However, when the living temperature is way below, say, 10°C the mini-split heat pumps won’t provide radiant heat at the same speed as a full-sized hydronic system. The technician would properly place an air-handling unit and determine the best spot for installation mainly because an oversized or poorly placed air handler may result in short circulation of air. However, note that ductless mini-split heat pumps are generally termed expensive buys and finding installers can be somewhat tricky.