Installing a line set for your mini-split ductless system gives it a clean, professional finish. Additionally, it provides performance benefits that make it a great accessory to add to either your current mini-split system or a new ductless system.
We will discuss ductless line set covers in this article, including what they are and how they can help your ductless system.
What Are Line Set Covers?
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A ductless mini-split system uses a set of copper lines or tubing that carry refrigerant from the system’s outdoor compressor to an evaporator located inside the indoor air handler. This line set includes two separate lines: a liquid line that is smaller and a suction line that is a bit larger. Unfortunately, when a mini-split system is installed, the line sets are often exposed to the outdoor elements leaving them vulnerable to faster corrosion than they would be if they were protected.
A line set cover protects, not only the line sets but the cable and drain tubing as well, from the damage caused by the elements. This can include UV rays which, with time, can lead to a breakdown of the insulation on the line sets. The cover’s design gives it weather resistance, enabling your ductless system to keep operating in top shape. This is true, even during some of the harshest weather.
Line Set Cover Parts
There are different parts that comprise a line set cover in order to ensure it is correctly installed. These parts include:
- Split line tube – this is what protects and hides the drainpipe, connecting wire, and line set from outdoor elements.
- End socket – the part that seals the cover to the unit’s condenser.
- Vertical elbow – an HVAC contractor uses this part if turns are needed during the mini-split’s installation, such as going around corners or through soffits.
- Horizontal elbow – when turns in a wall are necessary, this part is used to facilitate the turn. Typically, this occurs when there are obstacles in the way, such as the need to avoid a window.
- Coupling/socket – this is the part that is essential when connecting two different split line tubes in order to create a straight run between components.
- Wall cover-the cover seals holes and gaps around areas where the line set penetrates a wall.
Line Set Cover Features
There are some standard features that line set covers offer to help you better manage your ductless mini-split system. These features include:
There is nothing very stylish about a line set and it can certainly ruin the aesthetics and look of a room. Fortunately, a line set cover can help because it allows you to cover the line set and conceal it from view. Additionally, because these covers are easily paintable, it’s possible to paint the cover and have it blend seamlessly into the wall. Some manufacturers also offer custom wraps ensuring that you can create the look you desire. Rest assured, line set covers have been created for commercial and residential use, so you won’t have to worry that your office or home will not have a neat and clean look.
A line set cover is built to meet specific energy code requirements. Additionally, covers come with an easy peel-off protective film, helping it to stay clean as well as making it easy to clean when necessary.
You’ll also find line set covers designed to handle multiple line sets, something that is especially useful when your home is equipped with multi-zone configuration. Some covers offer the quick snap cover ensuring that it won’t accidentally pop off.
As an added benefit, these covers have a thick wall to ensure they are very durable. The line set covers are processed in such a way that they are able to withstand UV rays and deliver the protection to the line set as they are intended to do. They also include no-rust screws as well as a glossy finish, helping to ensure the cover will last a very long time, regardless of the outdoor elements.
The Line-Hide system created by Mitsubishi has a design that conceals as well as protects the mini-split’s copper line set while also controlling the necessary wiring for proper operation of the system. UV rays and outdoor elements can cause the insulation in line sets to break down faster than it should. The line-hide provides a barrier for covering the line set. This prevents it from exposure to any of these harmful elements.
Mitsubishi manufactures Line-Hide with quality PVC containing UV inhibitors, ensuring it is ideal for all types of outdoor weather conditions. A Line-Hide is also easy to paint using just about any kind of household paint, so you can paint it to match your home’s exterior. Additionally, an HVAC contractor can install a Line-Hide indoors because it meets UL94v-0 requirements for indoor applications.
The Line-Hide is available in a variety of sizes. Therefore, it’s easy to get one that will offer the fit you need, regardless of the cover diameter. A Line-Hide is also very easy to install because its modular design includes snap-on parts. When screws are necessary for installation, they are included. You can use them wherever you have wires, pipes, or cables, that you want to hide.
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After your mini-split installation, using a line set can help keep it protected. It will not experience the wear and tear that come with day-to-day weather conditions that cause damage. Of course, it also ensures that your line set looks neat and clean. You won’t see a group of wires simply hanging down the walls of your home.
A professional HVAC company will be able to install the line set covers, ensuring that you get the right one. They will make sure that it fits your specific line set while also giving you the aesthetic look you desire. This will also ensure that all aspects of your mini-split are working perfectly. Your system will be ready to provide comfort and energy savings for you all year round.
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