Heat pump

How to Get More Out of Your Mini-Split Heat Pump

You might not think that a mini-split heat pump would be efficient in a cold climate such as Minnesota, but as long as you have it installed properly by a professional, you’ll be surprised at how effective this piece of vital equipment can really be. At Blue Ox, we have the experience necessary to make sure your system provides you a steady level of comfort no matter how frigid the temperatures may get outside.


The only way you’re going to get the most out of your mini-split heat pump, again, is to make sure you have an expert install it. Here are just some of the factors that will go into ensuring that your installation is a successful one.

  • Protect the outdoor unit – It is critical that your outdoor compressor is mounted at least two feet above ground. It should also be protected by a cover that will keep snow from the unit, but the cover cannot be installed in a way that restricts airflow. If snow is allowed to plug the evaporator, the compressor will have to work so hard to melt it that it won’t be able to heat your home properly.
  • Interior mounting – The inside unit needs to be about 18 inches off of the floor for peak efficiency. Doing so will make it easier for the unit to bring in cool air to warm, and will also make it easier to reach the filters for cleaning or replacement.
  • Temperature settings – A heat pump already has to work hard in a cold climate, so make its job easier. If you are going to be out of the house for awhile, set the temperature to 60 degrees. If you’ll be away for a few days or more, set it to 50 degrees. You won’t overtax the system and you’ll save a great deal of money on your heating bill.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a mini-split heat pump installation, contact the Minneapolis professionals with Blue Ox Heating & Air online or call us at 952-563-3012. Do you use this type of system in your home? Tell us how it has worked for you by clicking one of the social media icons on this page.

Blue Ox Heating & Air is a full-service residential heating and air conditioning company that also specializes in air quality products and services. Blue Ox is fully licensed, bonded, and insured to provide our Minneapolis customers with services relating to furnaces, heating, and air conditioning. Our cumulative years of experience approach over 200 years of work in the HVAC industry.