Select Location

Select Location

    This article will teach you what you need to know to select the best location for your Heat Pump.


    Heat Pump location is the second-most important thing – second to size


    You have three things to consider when selecting the best location to have your heat pump installed.

    1. What are the mechanical requirements for your Heat pump (how a Heat Pump works)
    2. What direction will the air flow around your home
    3. Will in fit in the location you want it.




    Mechanical Requirements, How a Heat Pump Works?


    A heat pump is not a heater but a mechanical heat transfer system that works by transferring the cold out of your home and sucking heat from the outside in through gas-filled copper piping.
    If you want an in-depth article, click this link (link to come)
    A heat pump heats your home by:

    • Transferring cold out
    • Transferring heat in

    Extremely Efficient: As the energy is used to transfer existing energy (hot/cold), you end up with more heat coming into your home than power going in. This power ratio is rated using COP. A heat pump with a COP of 4 converts 1 watt of electricity into 4 watts of heat.



    Mechanics—Operation and Installation Requirements


    Although the installer will take care of this for you, it is good to have a general idea of what is required for the heat pump to operate. This will help you select the best location for it. Once your installer comes to your home, you can talk to him/her to confirm the best location.




    The gas pipe:

    Made from copper, is approximately 5cm round and can run up, down, and around. A standard back-to-back installation is for up to 3m in length. The gas does not enter the home it circulates through a radiator.




    Gravity-fed drain:

    Dehumidifying drain pipe needs to run downhill. It can run up with the option of a condensate pump (not recommended).



    Wired to mains:

    If required, the qualified installer will climb into your ceiling and wire the Heat Pump to your mains board. The wire can run under floor.



    The Indoor Unit - performance, size, and location.


    Now that you understand the basic mechanical requirements, the second thing to consider is the indoor unit's performance, size, and location.

    • What is the best direction to blow the air around your home?
    • Will it fit on the wall? Clearance requirements.


    Air movement:


    Clearance requirements. High Wall Dimensions


    Model

    RAS-25

    RAS-35

    RAS-50

    RAS-60

    RAS-70

    RAS-80

    Indoor unit size

    780 X 280mm

    780 X 280mm

    1030 X 295mm

    1030 X 295mm

    1150 X 333mm

    1150 X 333mm

    Clearance requirement

    Top 0

    Lh <50

    Rh <50mm

    Top 0

    Lh <50

    Rh <50mm

    None

    None

    None

    None

    Outdoor size

    (W)750X (D)335X

    (H) 528 mm 

    (W)750X (D)335X

    (H) 528 mm 

    (W) 850x

    (D) 340x

    (H) 650mm

    (W) 850x

    (D) 340x

    (H) 750mm

    (W) 850x

    (D) 340x

    (H) 800mm

    (W) 957x

    (D) 340

    (H) 800mm

    Clearance

    LH <100

    RH <200

    Wall <50

    Front <300mm

    LH <100

    RH <200

    Wall <50

    Front <300mm

    LH <100

    RH <200

    Wall <100

    Front <700mm

    LH <100

    RH <200

    Wall <100

    Front <700mm

    LH <100

    RH <200

    Wall <100

    Front <700mm

    LH <100

    RH <200

    Wall <100

    Front <700mm


    Floor Mounted Dimensions:


    Model

    RAF-25

    RAF-50

    Indoor unit size

    (W) 760 x

    (D) 235 X

    (H) 600mm

    (W) 760 x

    (D) 235 X

    (H) 600mm

    Clearance requirement

    None

    None

    Outdoor size

    (W) 750 x

    (D) 335 x

    (H) 548 mm

    (W) 750 x

    (D) 335 x

    (H) 548 mm

    Clearance

    LH <100

    RH < 200

    (B) <50mm

    LH <100

    RH < 200

    (B) <50mm




    Case study - Heat Pump Air direction and location


    If you have a closer look at the image below, you will notice that I have aimed the Heat Pumps towards the doorways. This is to help distribute the heat around your home.


    It is common practice for people to put a floor mount in a hallway. This can be great if you are planing to take the chill out of the bedrooms. Some of our clients rave about this practice while others have had minimal results, due to insulation levels and the Heat Pump being designed only to heat the room it is in.




    Heat pump direction and location notes:



    Lounge AND STUDY (45m2) = RAS-60

    This location was selected so the study would be warm.



    KITCHEN AND DINING (30m2) = RAS-35


    The heat is aiming towards the doorway. The right-hand wall would also be a good option. Installing a heat pump close to greasy smoke is not recommended as over time, this can clog the filters.



    Bedroom (20-30m2) = 3X Ras-25

    • Bed 1: Depending on how the homeowner used his or her wardrobe, this heat pump could be moved to the right with more focus on blowing into the wardrobe.
    • Bed 3: This location was selected to aim as much heat as possible towards the doorway. However, that is secondary.




      Article Summary:

      • How a Heat Pump Works
      • Installation requirement
      • Air movement
      • Clearance requirements
      • Case study showing location with notes





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