What is geothermal? What is a ground source heat pump? What is the difference between that and an air source heat pump, and how do I know which is right for me? Patrick O’Gara of Dandelion Energy joined me to answer all of my questions.


The listener letter with links:

“I’m writing about your latest show, which I was disappointed to hear your perspective on mini-splits. I believe this is/was a missed opportunity for an architect to dig into how to address one of the common problems with modern home renovations: the attractiveness of mini splits hanging on the wall and exterior. Being an architect and going through this process would be a huge benefit to your listener audience! I’m sure you can come up with some really interesting solutions.

There are several ways to hide the mini-split mechanicals, including installing them into custom cabinetry. Here is a discussion by a Mitsubishi HVAC engineer talking about recessed head units built into cabinetry: https://youtu.be/KvJKWdPYJWw?t=1303   And some more examples: https://www.protradecraft.com/photos/9-ways-hide-minisplit

In full house remodels where studs are open, the line sets can be run inside the stud bays so they do not need to be on the exterior of the house. In cases where there is an exterior need, you can use a product like DiversiTech SpeediChannel which can be painted and look like gutters.”


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