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I am having a house built along the coast in SE Mass that will be heated by radiant floor heat. I plan on using a multiple zone mini split system for those few days when A/C would be needed as well as dehumification in the lower level, a walkout basement.
When I mentioned the mini split option to a friend, he warned about mice getting in the compressor and chewing the wires. Has anyone heard of this problem? Would mounting the compressor on the side of the house to get it off the ground alleviate this problem?
Also, would the use of the mini splits and regular exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms eliminate the need for a HRV?