Placement Tips For Your Split-System AC Installation

When it comes to the installation of a split-system air conditioner, the location of the indoor and outdoor units matters. Correctly positioned air conditioning equipment will ensure effective and cost-efficient cooling of your space while incorrectly placed equipment will undermine your efforts to keep cool and comfortable on hot days. 

This guide is intended to help you pick the best spot for your split-system air conditioning equipment.

Placement of the Indoor Unit

The indoor unit of your air conditioning system is also referred to as the evaporator unit because it contains the evaporator or evaporator coils. This part of your AC system also houses a blower fan to help disperse the hot air in your home over the evaporator, which contains cold refrigerant to help absorb and extract heat from the hot indoor air. The heat is then transferred to the outdoor environment with the aid of the condenser coils and condenser fan located in the outside unit.

Since cold air is denser than hot air, it moves toward the bottom of the room while the latter rises. For this reason, the best location for the evaporator unit is near the ceiling of a room.

If the unit is kept too close to the floors of a room, it may not achieve the desired cooling effect, making your cooling system run harder than it is designed to. This will make you spend more on energy bills and could result in frequent equipment failure.

Placement of the Outdoor Unit

Also known as the condenser unit, the outdoor unit of your AC system contains the condenser coils, compressor, and a condenser fan. Unlike the evaporator, which contains cold refrigerant, the condenser unit contains hot refrigerant to facilitate the transfer of heat to the outdoor environment. The condenser fan aids in this process by blowing air over the condenser coils.

Outdoor AC units should be placed at a location that allows unobstructed release of heat from your home interior while letting in fresh air from outside. Because the outdoor unit has a blower fan that can make loud noises while the AC is running, find it a spot that won't make you or your neighbors lose sleep. 

Choosing the best spot for your split-system air conditioning equipment can be a confusing task, especially if you have zero experience in AC installation. To avoid guesswork, it's best to enlist the services of an AC design and installation expert. Contact an AC installation company for more information.