Wall-mounted units are the most popular of the mini-splits. However, they may not always be the best choice for cooling or heating the space you have. It is usually the go-to unit for when you want to condition a bedroom or study. However, commercial buildings, recreational areas, and educational facilities need more coverage than a floor- or wall-mounted unit can give. These spaces have large open areas that require a more effective cooling and heating option.
Here is where the suspended ductless mini-split comes in handy. It provides flexible and convenient cooling solutions to nearly any commercial or large residential settings. Whether it is a gym, an office building, or a retail store, you can be sure that a ceiling suspended ductless mini-split unit can heat or cool these spaces.
Selecting A Ceiling Suspended Unit
- 1 Selecting A Ceiling Suspended Unit
- 2 Installing A Ceiling Suspended System
- 3 Advantages Of A Ceiling Suspended
- 4 Add-On Features And Accessories
- 5 Check Out One Of Our Ductless Installation Projects
- 6 Call Townsend Energy For All OF Your Home Heating And Cooling Needs
Ceiling suspended mini-splits can move conditioned air over great distances. Therefore, it can effectively and efficiently condition large spaces with fewer units. It is the ideal choice for when you want to heat or cool an ample space that wall- or floor-mounted units cannot accommodate. If you want to reach the entire length and width of the room evenly, then install a ceiling suspended unit.
A ceiling suspended unit is also for large rooms that cannot accommodate other types of HVAC systems, such as those that have windows that run from the floor to the ceiling. As there is no wall space available, a heating or cooling unit that is installed in the ceiling seems like the right choice, granted that the ceiling isn’t made of glass or other fragile material. A large, open basement that is not divided into rooms will also benefit from a ceiling suspended unit.
Commercial buildings will also benefit from a ceiling suspended system. Whether it’s a call center, a lobby, a showroom, or a classroom, this type of unit is an excellent choice for these applications. Wall-mounted and floor-mounted units may not have enough power to cool these spaces effectively, especially if the office has cubicle spaces for its employees. This is because cubicle walls will obstruct the airflow from being appropriately distributed. Wide spaces would also benefit significantly as the occupants would feel a more consistent cooling or heating, and there wouldn’t be any hot or cold spots.
Installing A Ceiling Suspended System
A ceiling suspended unit is secured directly to a ceiling or is suspended via threaded rods below the ceiling level. If you have other appliances in your ceiling that could block the airflow from the unit, it is recommended that you suspend the indoor air handler with rods. However, you need to ensure that the unit is at least eight feet above floor level for it to operate efficiently and effectively.
Unlike a ceiling cassette unit, a ceiling-suspended should not be installed in the middle of the ceiling. They are meant to be installed against an exterior wall. The airflow of a ceiling suspended can reach from one end of the room to another. Installing it on the exterior wall that faces the longest stretch of the room allows the conditioned air to flow across the entire room. Having installed it on an exterior wall also lets you run the line set, connecting wire, and drain tube directly through from the outside compressor via a three-inch wall hole.
Ensure that you do not install the indoor units near microwaves, televisions, projectors, or any other appliance that gives off electromagnetic interference. These may affect the communication between the unit and the remote, especially when adjusting the temperature or other settings.
The unit should not be installed under direct sunlight or near any other heat source, as well. These will hinder the air handler’s ability to measure the temperature inside the house correctly. As a result, the output will either be too little or too much. These circumstances will only make for an uncomfortable living space.
Advantages Of A Ceiling Suspended
Choosing to install a ceiling suspended allows you to enjoy many benefits. A few of these are:
- Easy Installation – Compared to traditional HVAC systems, ceiling suspended mini-splits are relatively easier to install. It does not require ductwork and only needs a small hole for the conduit to pass through. It usually takes a few hours and is not as invasive as there is no need to tear down walls, ceilings, or walls to install ducts.
- Interior Design – The compact size and modern design of a suspended unit allows it to be a more desirable option than its traditional counterparts. As it is suspended from the ceiling, it won’t affect the room’s interior much and can blend with the surroundings.
- Zoning – Mini-splits allow for single-room to multi-zone applications. Homeowners can create zones to customize the cooling and heating each room according to your specifications.
- Inverter Technology – Some mini-splits are equipped with inverter technology. The variable-speed motor allows for high efficiency and reduced energy costs. This way, you receive the comfort you deserve without increasing your monthly utility bills.
- Energy Efficiency – Because a suspended mini-split does not require ducts, there is no energy loss from air leaks in the ductwork. It also eliminates friction loss and design deficiencies that ductwork can cause.
- Fresher Air – Suspended units are equipped with a multi-stage filtration system that traps dust, pollen, and other contaminants. Therefore, you and your family can enjoy cleaner and fresher air.
Add-On Features And Accessories
There are many brands, make, and model of suspended ceiling units available in the market, and not all are made the same. Listed below are some of the additional features and accessories you can install on your unit to maximize and customize it depending on your needs and specifications.
Some units are equipped with universal mounting capabilities. This allows the unit to either be suspended from a ceiling or mounted on the bottom of a wall. Unfortunately, units that can be universally mounted cannot distribute air as far as units that are strictly built to be suspended from the ceiling.
Controls for your unit differ from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some may have hard-wired wall-mounted remotes, while others may have handheld wireless controls. You can also purchase smart controls, allowing you to connect the system to the WiFi and control your system via an app on your smartphone or tablet. This also lets you to manage your system from virtually anywhere.
Fresh Air Supply
If you want to draw fresh air into your home, many suspended ceiling units can connect to a fresh air supply through a duct and a fan. This allows you to enjoy fresh air while keeping comfortable as well.
Lift pumps, otherwise known as condensate pumps, are used to eliminate the condensate in your HVAC system that is produced during the cooling process. Many suspended units have lift pumps to help remove the condensation. You can purchase a lift pump for models that are not equipped with one. Make sure that the one you buy is compatible with the make and model you have.
Check Out One Of Our Ductless Installation Projects
A suspended ceiling mini-split is perfect for large open areas, such as gyms, showrooms, classrooms, and the like. If you are searching to purchase and install one in your residential or commercial space, contact a professional mini-split installer to assist you. An expert has the right tools, years of experience, and all other qualifications. They have the ability to ensure that you have the ideal mini-split to meet all your home needs.
Call Townsend Energy For All OF Your Home Heating And Cooling Needs
If you are ready to switch to a ductless HVAC system or have more questions, call Townsend Energy today. Our experienced NATE-certified technicians will discuss your needs and requirements to help you find the best ductless HVAC system for you.
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