3 Options for Your Indoor Heat Pump Unit: Wall, Floor and Ceiling


You’ve likely seen the wall mount heat pump heads at a friend of families home. It’s the most well recognized style of indoor unit for a heat pump. It is also the most efficient to use. However, in some homes, either due to layout, available wall space or just aesthetics the regular wall mount indoor system unit just doesn’t work.

Luckily, there are two other styles of indoor units you can install in your home.

The three main types of indoor units are:

  1. Wall mount
  2. Floor mount
  3. Ceiling mount

Below we cover each type of indoor unit as well as their pros and cons. If you’d like to know which style indoor unit would work best in your home, give us a call and we’d love to come take a look.

Wall Mounted Units

The wall mount is the typical heat pump indoor unit you’re likely familiar with. It mounts a few inches down from the ceiling (if you had standard height ceilings). The air is pushed outwards and returned through the top of the unit. This design provides the best coverage and efficiency from a ductless mini split heat pump.

PROS

  • Higher air flow rating, which means it moves more air and covers more square feet
  • Easy to install with very little modification to wall required

CONS

  • Requires 40”+ of available wall space
  • Requires 18”-22”+ of height available from any other object on the wall
  • Not always aesthetically pleasing in older craftsman style homes

Floor Mounted Units

We’ve encountered very few people that were aware floor mount heat pump indoor units are available. These units do take up more square footage on a wall than a wall mounted unit, but they are the ideal answer for homes that are lacking the available wall space in the room they want to heat and cool.

Air flows out of the top and bottom in most floor mount units to ensure uniform heating and cooling. Cost is slightly more than a wall mounted machine.

PROS

  • Works under large windows that prohibit wall mount units from being used
  • Air flow rating is still high so can cover larger living areas

CONS

  • Larger than the ceiling mount units
  • Require slightly more time to install than ceiling mount units

Ceiling Mounted Units

Most of us have seen a ceiling mount air handler in offices or retail settings. In a residential application, they are usually installed on the uppermost floor of the home when retrofitting.

Ideal locations for in-ceiling units are hallways and landings as these machines shoot air in four different directions when running. This means they can spread heat in multiple directions.

Ceiling mount units are most often installed as part of a multizone system where a wall or floor mount unit is used in the main living area and the ceiling mount unit is installed upstairs for bedrooms and hallways.

PROS

  • Requires no available wall space
  • Can provide some heat to more than one area when centrally positioned in a hallway or landing

CONS

  • Air flow rating is not as high as a wall or floor mount unit. So the distance heat travels is limited
  • Requires quite a bit more time to install than a floor or ceiling mount unit as it is done from the attic

Which Indoor Unit is Right for You?

Different units work with different styles of homes and layouts. Also, different homeowners often like the look of one over the other. The fastest way to determine which will work for your home’s layout and style is to have one of our heat pump experts come over and complete a short in-home assessment.

Book a time by submitting the form on this page or giving us a call at 902.895.0246. We look forward to speaking with you!

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