Questions About Placing The Heat And Air Condenser Of A Heat Pump System

If you are in the middle of installing a new heat pump system in your home, it is always best to have the guidance of a professional. However, if you are like a lot of homeowners, you will try to take on tasks you really are not familiar with in order to cut costs. Here are a few of the most frequent questions that you may run into when it comes to installing the condenser to your new heat pump system. 

What would be the ideal place for the condenser outdoors?

The heat pump condenser does most of the work of the system. It pulls warm air from the atmosphere for heating and cool air for cooling. Therefore, your condenser needs to be placed in an area outdoors where it will not be crowded, either by other structures or plants and shrubs. Additionally, the condenser needs to be in an area where it will not be steeped in water during times of heavy rain, which means it is often better to place the unit on a slight slope close to the house. 

If you don't have enough space, is it possible to place the condenser in the attic?

Although it has been done by homeowners in the past, it is never a good idea to place a heat pump condenser in the attic. The attic is usually not a well ventilated area and is a small and confined space with limited air supply. This means that as the heat pump works to pull warm air in the winter, the space will run out of sufficient heat supply, making it difficult for the heat pump to keep up. The same problem will exist in the summer when the attic is hot. 

Is it true that you can place a condenser in the basement?

It is true that a heat pump can be placed in the basement of a home, but this is only a last resort option if no space is available outdoors. In these cases, the condenser is attached to an ascending air flow unit that provides air from the outdoors. 

If you install a heat pump on your own, it is easy to assume that this will be a pretty simple task to take on. However, there are actually many ways that you can make a costly mistake that can lead to the untimely demise of your new heat pump system. Even if you opt out of professional installation, it is best to talk to a professional installer such as Cape Fear Air Conditioning & Heating Co., Inc. for advice when it comes to appropriate condenser placement.