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    Condenser location import- sun/shade?

    This unit is ONLY servicing the upstairs bedrooms. Rooms will be unoccupied until dark, or nearly dark.

    South of house is already the first of May in shade after 7PM

    In winter I estimate 20 deg solar insolation gain by location in sunlight- on sunny day. (I know heat is not measured in degrees)

    Do you guys take this stuff into account when locating a condenser?

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    No

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    I do but it's really a minor element of it all. If there is shade available, and locating the unit in the shade won't negatively impact any of the other considerations, I will try to locate in shade rather than in sun.

    A possible problem with locating in shade is that more stuff tends to grow on the condensing unit. And if the shade is in a dead-air sort of area I think it tends to collect more dirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ekid View Post
    This unit is ONLY servicing the upstairs bedrooms. Rooms will be unoccupied until dark, or nearly dark.

    South of house is already the first of May in shade after 7PM

    In winter I estimate 20 deg solar insolation gain by location in sunlight- on sunny day. (I know heat is not measured in degrees)

    Do you guys take this stuff into account "when locating a condenser" ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poodle Head Mikey View Post
    I do but it's really a minor element of it all. If there is shade available, and locating the unit in the shade won't negatively impact any of the other considerations, I will try to locate in shade rather than in sun.

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    If for no other reason than us AC guys like working in the shade.

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    "won't negatively impact any of the other considerations, I will try to locate in shade rather than in sun."

    Can you develop that thought a little?
    How about winter, with temp near freezing point of water? I guess condensation of water is outside then. Is it a problem?

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    Since you are talking both winter and summer conditions I am assuming you are talking about a heat pump. A more important consideration if that is the case is does snow tend to drift in that location. That could cause defrost issues.

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    " am assuming you are talking about a heat pump"

    I guess so. Mini-split, more specifically. But really the AC cooling in summer is primary.
    I can sleep in 50-60 deg room (with electric blanket.)

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