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Small house mini split placement question

JonInVA | Posted in Mechanicals on

Hello, all.  I’m in the middle of a small house retrofit, and I’m turning my attention to mini split placement.  This is a small, 1980’s CMU building with a slab floor.  I started with basically a shell, and right now I’ve completed the under slab plumbing changes and started some framing.  I’m in zone 3, eastern North Carolina, but inland.  The building is about 16×34.  Attached you can see the planned layout.  It should be reasonably efficient, with roughly R20 walls (1.5″ polyiso plus R13 compressed into 2×3 stud bays, all inside the block), R40-45 ceiling (air sealed and cellulose blow in), and R5 floors (1″foam with floating subfloor – code is 0, but compromising here for ceiling height).  Windows are run of the mill two pane vinyl, although not a huge percentage of the walls.  I have run several iterations of loadcalc and other sources, which all seem to agree I’m in the 11.5k/9.5k BTU range for HVAC. My intent is to use a Mr. Cool 12k diy unit with the head in the larger living room/kitchen.  I’m not really aware of other non-overkill options, especially anywhere close to the budget, and I would rather not go with through wall or window units if I can help it.

So the main two questions are 1) best wall head placement, and 2) whether I can improve on “keep the bedroom door open” for circulating conditioned air.  Or possibly 3) all stupid, do something completely different.  🙂

Thanks in advance for any input!

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