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What is the best location for a heat pump condenser (outside unit)?
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
The two things that make an ideal location for a heat pump condenser are good air flow and shade. Keeping at least a foot of clear space around the unit, and not less than five feet above it is necessary. Also, do not limit air flow by installing the condenser at an inside corner or tightly surrounded by solid fencing to conceal it.
Providing shade for the condenser does not mean that it must have something directly over it. A nearby shade tree or wall that provides shade for part of the day is fine. Putting the condenser near an outside wall on the north or east side of the home avoids the sunnier west and south exposures.
Other considerations include: close to the air handler inside home, not in a street-facing location, and room for safe access for a service technician at the openable sides of the unit. Also see What is the best location for a heat pump air handler (indoor unit)?
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