There are a few different ways to mount a ductless mini split in your home – on the wall, near the floor, or even on the ceiling. Ceiling-mounted ductless systems have some great benefits and may even be the best option for certain types of spaces.
Here’s what to know about installing a ductless mini split in your ceiling and how to get help from a qualified New York HVAC technician.
Ceiling mounts are a popular option for ductless systems, especially for homes with open layouts. The bulk of the appliance is hidden in your attic and only about 1” of the cassette peeks out from the ceiling. The back of the unit is also suspended with cables to beams in your roof to help stabilize it.
It’s wider than a wall-mounted unit and usually has four vents that point in opposite directions to cover the entire square footage of the room. Some models have adjustable vents too, so you can point them in the specific direction you want. Because the vents are designed in this way, it’s best to have a ceiling unit installed in the center of the room. If that’s not possible, you’ll need to close off whichever vent is closest to the wall.
Ceiling-mounted mini splits have a special pump built into them that removes condensation that’s normally created by the process of cooling air. The moisture is removed by the pump and siphoned out of your home with a PVC pipe, so nothing gets into your structure.
There are many benefits of installing a ceiling-mounted mini split, including:
A sleek, uniform appearance. Ceiling-mounted mini splits have a flat casing that sits flush against the surface of your ceiling, making them discreet and unobtrusive. They blend in well and match any interior decor.
Better use of available space. Ceiling-mounted ductless units help save floor and wall space, giving homeowners and renters more room for furniture and wall decorations. Comparatively, floor-mounted mini splits need extra space for ventilation, so you have to be careful where you put your furniture.
Uninhibited airflow. Because ceiling-mounted mini splits are positioned so high up, they are able to blow warm or cool air onto every surface and into every corner of a space. Each vent on the unit points in a different direction, which offers coverage for the whole room.
Avoiding hot and cold spots. Recessed ceiling ductless units are great at eliminating hot and cold spots that are most common with central HVAC systems and other types of traditional heating and cooling.
There are also a few considerations to keep in mind:
- A ceiling-mounted ductless unit is harder to reach for repair or service than a wall-mounted one.
- These units aren’t recommended for small spaces like apartments or condos, or small rooms in large houses.
- They can be difficult to install if there isn’t enough space in between the rafters in the ceiling.
- You may need to hire a carpenter alongside your HVAC contractor to cut a hole in your ceiling through your joists and then create a frame to hold the unit and keep it stable.
- Because installation is more complicated, they usually take longer to complete and are more expensive to have put in than wall or floor-mounted ductless mini splits.
A ceiling-mounted ductless mini split is one of the best options for large, open spaces, like if you have a big living room and kitchen with an open floor plan. This allows treated air to flow uninhibited throughout the entire space, whereas a wall-mounted unit would likely struggle to get enough air up and over furniture to reach every area.
With a ceiling unit, you can get even heating and cooling across wide open spaces with fewer units than if you were using a wall-mounted mini split or even window air conditioners. You can also put them in open-floor basements, dens, or large rooms with lots of windows.
Thinking about switching to ductless? We can help. At Jones Services, our experienced NATE-certified HVAC technicians can assess your home and determine what size system you need and if a ceiling mount or another type of setup for your layout.
Contact us today by calling (845) 289-8532 or filling out our short online contact form and our team will get in touch with you as soon as possible to provide you with the information you need.