Mini-split phantom load
I’ve been monitoring my electrical use with a TED monitor in my main panel. I’ve isolated a number of circuits to develop a sense of where my energy is being used. I recently confirmed a suspicion and would be curious about other peoples experiences and thoughts on it. It is in regard to my mini-split, and the energy it uses on standby.
I installed a ducted Fujitsu 12RLFCD unit for heating and cooling. In the month of June, 2017, I had the system set to off for the entire month. No heating, cooling, ventilation, or anything. I didn’t throw the breaker, but I shouldn’t have to. When I collected my electrical usage data for the month of June, the mini-split had consumed 22.8 kW. I don’t know what to call this other than a phantom load. That 22.8 kW accounts for almost 7% of the usage for the entire house for the month (326 kW), and I have an electric range and water heater. This raises the following questions in my mind.
Is this normal?
Is it considered acceptable?
Is it factored into the efficiency ratings for the unit?
Is this information generally published in the manufacturer’s specs so I can compare units and select one that uses less energy on standby for future projects?
Thoughts are appreciated.