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Mini-Split heat pump\AC installs?

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Bom Dia!

General question, we are looking to relocate to VRSA sometime in 2026.  I have been looking at 2 bedroom apartments to try and gauge costs.  Several of the units meet our criteria but don’t have AC\heat pump(s) installed.  I know it’s tough to get an exact number, but has anyone retrofitted minisplit AC\Heat Pumps in their apartments?  Just curious about level of effort and cost.

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@sjkearney Hi Sean, One option is a self contained heat pump air conditioner all in one internal unit that does not have an external compressor such as the Olimpia Splendid – Unico model. It does require two holes in the wall to bring fresh air in and send out hot/cold air (depending on whether you are using for heating or cooling)
BTW I hope to be moving to VRSA later this year. Cheers Tim

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@optimist Thanks!  I had not heard of a self contained unit, will look into it.

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We made sure our rental we are in and our upcoming one later this year already had the split systems installed. I pondered the cost of install and purchase to potentially negotiate with a landlord. 

The installs are really straightforward, but it all comes down to the exterior for mounting the compressor, the electrical addition, and the space between the compressor and inside unit. Our current install would have been a pain if they didn’t do a complete remodel since the run from the compressor to the head unit is quite some distance.

Our new apartment was able to place the compressors right outside of the inside unit mounting which made the installs very easy. 

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@jonesdn2020 Thanks for the reply.  Hopefully I won’t have to go the retrofit route, but ist’s good to have this info if need be.  Appreciate it!

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If you’re renting or buying with the intention of fitting a system which needs external units – which given that only 17% of Portuguese homes had aircon in 2023 – be sure to check what is permitted, especially in the case of apartments or other hemmed-in properties.

Condominiums may have rules about where units can be (dedicated locations, or façades/places where they’re forbidden).

Local authorities may not permit units where they will be visible from the public realm – even where you may see it’s been done.  Precedent is not typically a valid argument.

There’s usually a solution – but it’s not always the simplest or cheapest.  If you’re buying for the medium/long term, the workaround may be worthwhile.  If renting or only buying with a short-term perspective, it’s important to check this out first.

 

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@thomasribatejo This is great information, thanks much!

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