Depending on the layout of your home or business, you may not have the option of installing a traditional HVAC system, which could be because of a lack of space or ductwork, or because of how certain rooms are laid out. Rather than suffer during the hottest of summers and the coldest of winters, you can rely on ductless heating and ductless air conditioning systems to provide you with comfort no matter the season. Here’s an extensive guide that provides you with everything you need to know about going ductless.
Just like a standard air conditioner and furnace system, a ductless HVAC system has parts that go inside as well as outside your property. The following parts are installed on the exterior:
The parts of the system found inside your property include:
The main thing you need to know about how a mini split system works is that it shifts heat either inside of your property or outside, depending on the season. During the warmer months of the year, the heat inside your home or office is drawn into the system before being funneled outside. When temperatures are cold, the system draws heat from outside and pumps it inside so you stay toasty and warm.
No matter whether heat is being pulled in or sucked out, the process is accomplished by the liquid refrigerant found in pipes suspended between the interior and exterior components. The refrigerant shifts back and forth from a liquid to a solid state as well as between condensation and evaporation.
Regardless of whether or not you have an HVAC system in your residential or commercial property, you can still opt to install a ductless system. For instance, maybe you’re adding a room onto your property and don’t want to go through the hassle and expense of installing additional ductwork. If so, you can install a mini split system. Depending on the size of your property and your current HVAC system, you may not have the means to keep everyone comfortable. If this is the case, a ductless HVAC system keeps everyone from complaining that it’s too hot or too cold.
One of the best things about these systems is that they’re energy efficient, which means you can reduce your monthly donations to PEPCO.
Another advantage is that ductless systems are quick and easy to install, meaning that you don’t have to wait a second longer than necessary to feel comfortable in your business or home.
There are ductless models that come with remote controls that allow you to operate them without getting up to adjust the thermostat like you would with a standard HVAC system. Depending on where you install the ductless system, you may have no choice but to control it with a remote. You may also like the idea of using a programmable timer to maximize usage and energy efficiency. Finally, there are also systems that come with filters that can be washed rather than thrown out and replaced, which can save you a few trips to the hardware store every year.
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Just like with a regular HVAC system, it’s vital that you do everything you can to take the best care of your ductless heating and cooling unit so that it lasts as long as possible and operates efficiently. Going back to the filter, you’ll need to either change or wash the filter so that you can rest assured that any dust, allergens and other pollutants aren’t blowing through the air and irritating your allergies and respiratory system. How often you should perform maintenance on the filter depends on how often you use the system, but once a month should be an absolute minimum.
All outdoor debris like leaves, branches, bushes, grass and the like should be kept away from your exterior unit so that it can “breathe.” Any bushes or other vegetation growing around your unit should be trimmed so that they’re at least twelve inches from the unit.
Besides these basic maintenance tips, it’s also best that you have a professional technician come out and inspect your system to ensure everything is at peak operational efficiency. Specifically, it’s good to have your unit looked at before the summer and winter seasons so you can you be sure you’ll be comfortable, and routine maintenance can increase both the life and efficiency of your unit.
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