Air Handler placement in new build
Hello there, everybody. :)
We are from the north, and are building a house in southern Florida. We have never had (or needed!) an air conditioner before, so I apologize in advance if my questions seem simple.
Our architect seems reluctant to position the air handler on a platform over a lower, rounder water heater than the usual tall, skinny ones. This is how the water heater/air handler placement was done in the condo we are renting here, and it seems like a very good way to save space.
Is there some reason why positioning the air handler on a platform over the water heater would be a bad idea?
Second question: On the part of the air handler that sucks the air in? We think it would be best to have that part facing into the main portion of the house. You know how they do, with a slatted bi-fold door to cover the part that pulls the air in. The architect feels that positioning the handler in that way will make the house less aesthetically pleasing. I am assuming because of the noise and maybe, a draft when the air handler is on? He continues to show the air handler pulling air in from the laundry room. The problem there as we see it is that the laundry room has a door which will always be closed, and is in a hallway with a pocket door which will generally be closed.
So how is the air handler supposed to pull air in from, or cool, the whole house?
Or am I wrong about how air handlers work altogether?
Third question: If the architect prevails and the air handler is positioned so that it pulls air from the laundry room, is it safe to put open shelving in front of it for canned goods?
Or should we insist that the part of the air handler that pulls the air in should open into the house?
Thank you so much.