If you are installing a ductless heat pump for the first time, then these tips will help you do so safely and easily:
Tip: Prepare a Concrete or Asphalt Pad for Your New Heat Pump
The compressor for your new ductless heat pump will need to be installed outdoors, just like an air conditioner's compressor. The compressor unit needs to be installed on a flat pad made of either asphalt or concrete. If you do not have a patio or other solid-surface location to install the heat pump, then you will need to pour one and allow it enough time to cure before using it, or you should plan for a rooftop installation.
Tip: Have Your Roof Inspected if You Are Using a Rooftop Installation
If your home sits on a very small lot or you simply want the heat pump out of view and have opted for a rooftop installation, then you need to have your roof inspected by a professional roofing contractor. It is very important to have the roof looked at to make sure that it will hold the weight of the unit.
Tip: Call Your Local Electric Company to Ask About Power Rebates on Heat Pumps
Before you purchase your new heat pump, make sure you give your local power company a call and ask if they are offering any rebates for heat pumps. When rebates are being offered, they are often restricted to certain models, and you want to make sure you choose one with a rebate if possible to save yourself some money.
Tip: Avoid Kinking Any of the Heat Pump's Fluid Lines While Moving and Installing It
Your new heat pump has some metal fluid lines that can become permanently damaged if you accidentally kink or squash them. When you are moving and installing the unit, make sure to keep these vulnerable lines out of the way. If you do happen to damage a fluid line or any other part of the heat pump before or during the installation, stop working and call the manufacturer for further instructions.
Tip: Consider Having Your New Heat Pump Professionally Installed
Finally, if you have never installed a heat pump, then you should consider having your new unit professionally installed. While this is a simple job for a licensed HVAC technician, it can be complicated for someone who doesn't have extensive experience with heating and air conditioning systems.
For more information on ductless heat pumps, contact your local expert.