Minisplit outdoor location ideas
I am going to be installing a fujitsu 18RLFCD this spring. I have my duct design complete and I am still second guessing myself on the outdoor unit location. I have come up with 3 options,
option 1 is hanging it off the rear of the deck and building a snow cover this would be a 50ft lineset run to the 2nd story.
option 2 is hanging it off the brick under the deck, I have 41″ from grade to the bottom of deck joists giving me 8.5″ under the unit and above( 4″ required per fujitsu’s install manual) and no snow cover needed since this will see no snowfall but an occasional snow drift that I can clean as needed, the lineset would be 37′.
option 3 is to hang from the deck on the side and build snow cover, however this side will have a fence at some point that will be 36″ away from the front of the unit. the lineset here will be around 43′.
Im really leaning towards option 2 with the shortest lineset and no need to build an extra structure for snow protection.
I am in climate zone 5 so this unit will pull double duty, heating&cooling.
once my first floor and basement is properly insulated with new windows and if i’m happy with the fujitsu’s performance upstairs I plan on installing a second unit for those spaces. Linset here will be irrelevant since it will travel no more than 25′ no matter where i put it in the basement.
I’m not concerned with the noise or added hot air coming off the unit in the summer if it were parked under the deck. Im looking for the most practical and efficient install location.
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