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Do I Need a Mini Split AC System?

A ductless Mini Split system is an energy-efficient air conditioning system that dehumidifies a room. These systems are becoming increasingly affordable and are a great way to get air conditioning in a small room. There are many factors to consider when buying a mini split system. Before you hire a contractor to install a new mini split, it’s important to decide how many rooms you’d like to cool. This is because the number of rooms will affect the cost. In addition to the size of the unit, you’ll also need to decide how many zones it will service. Some homes may only need one zone of heating and cooling, while others will need multiple zones throughout. Indoor units are aesthetically pleasing and they are perfect for those rooms that ” never seem to get cool”, finished garages or workout rooms.

What Is a Ductless Mini Split System?

A mini split system doesn’t require a duct or ductwork to run from the ceiling or wall mounted indoor unit to the condenser that sits outside the house. They pull air into the “zone” where it passes over an evaporator coil that cools the air, extracts the humidity out of the air then sends it through a drain that leads outside of the house. The indoor unit shares data with the system control board and links to the outdoor unit. A remote control is used to adjust the zone to heat or cool the space. The unit needs run on 230-240 volts in order for the compressor to be able to exert enough energy to cool or heat a room efficiently.

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Mini-Split Systems Are More Efficient

Mini-Split AC systems have become more popular because they are energy efficient. They can achieve SEER ratings as high as 33 and are a heat pump in essence. This means that they use a cooling or heating valve to reverse the flow of refrigerant to achieve a heating and cooling BTU requirement. These systems can save up to 25 percent of your energy bill by not wasting energy through ductwork. They also utilize inverter-driven compressors that adjust speed according to demand. This helps save energy and ensure a comfortable indoor temperature. We always tell customers that ductless systems are somewhat of a luxury item. They are the perfect solution for a workout room or add on rooms in a home.

They Dehumidify a Room

A dehumidifier can be a great addition to any cooling system and can help to reduce moisture levels in a room. Dehumidifiers are also useful for those with allergies and dry skin. A doctor recommends that a room’s humidity level is kept between 30 and 40% to avoid irritated skin and allergy symptoms. The average family of four produces about 25 pints of moisture each day, and four pints of water per hour. A ductless mini split system can dehumidify a room within twenty to thirty minutes. They can also help keep indoor humidity levels at a comfortable level of 42% to 58%. Despite the advantages of a mini split, it is important to remember that they are designed to cool only a single room. Therefore, the amount of moisture removed will vary depending on the temperature differences between the indoor and outdoor air.

Can I install a mini split by myself?

Mini-Split air conditioner systems can be installed by a homeowner with some technical skills, but unless you have a vacuum pump and nitrogen, It’s best to leave it to the pros. Installing it yourself can cause issues that need to be addressed and may need to have AC repair performed. The compressor is the heart of the system. The standard compressor is a rotary type but there are also inverter models available. TheĀ  inverter models can achieve extremely high SEER ratings and are known for being the quietest of the choices. The installation of a ductless mini-split system can be costly, however. The cost of the system is based on the number of zones you need to cover as well as the scope of work required. For example, a quad-zone mini-split system can cool or heat four rooms. Additional zones will require more components and labor. Depending on how many zones you need, mini-split systems can cost anywhere from $4000 to $15,000, depending on the model.

How do they work?

Mini splits use an electrically charged and pressurized system to cool and circulate air. This reduces energy consumption by 30 percent. They can operate at full capacity in temperatures as low as five degrees Fahrenheit and provide heating and cooling. In addition to this, they don’t require gas or fuel service to operate. One downside to mini splits is that they may require a lot of electrical installation. Mini split air conditioners are an efficient way to cool your home while also saving energy. These units can be installed in each room of your home and operate only when needed. They can also be used to heat and cool your attic, which saves energy and money on your energy bills. The energy-efficient mini split air conditioners have several features that make them a smart investment. Mini split HVAC systems offer variable speeds that match airflow to the temperature. The best mini-split models are able to detect occupants in a room and direct airflow toward them. Many models come with a wall or wireless remote control, which makes them very convenient to use. Others can be integrated with home automation systems, such as Alexa or Nest.

Mini Split Maintenance Tips

If you want to maintain the efficiency of your mini split system, you should check out the following tips and do the necessary maintenance. You should clean and inspect the evaporator coils, as well as check the filter and the condenser coils. If you notice any issues, you can try and repair the problem yourself or call a professional.

Inspecting evaporator coils

Cleaning the evaporator coils on your mini split can improve the overall efficiency of your mini split. Dirty coils can cause the entire system to work less efficiently, resulting in reduced efficiency and energy costs. Here are some tips to keep these coils clean:

First, inspect the drain and refrigerant lines to ensure that they are free of debris and clogs. Also check the electrical contacts to make sure they are not pitted or frayed. Poor wiring can lead to fires or damaged equipment.

Cleaning filters

One of the most important maintenance tasks for your mini split HVAC system is cleaning the air filters. Dirty air filters can reduce the efficiency of your mini split system and make your system work harder. This can lead to increased energy costs and lower air quality. You should clean your air filters at least once a month.

Open the front panel of your mini split air conditioner to access the filter. Use a soft cloth to remove any debris that has accumulated on it. If the filter has become heavily clogged, use a mild detergent and water and run it under your sink. Afterwards, thoroughly rinse the filter and let it dry.

Inspecting condenser coils

When it comes to mini split maintenance, the condenser coils need to be checked regularly to ensure they are not clogged. If they are clogged with dust, mold, or debris, they will prevent the proper exchange of heat and cool air. You should also clean the coils with a dry, clean cloth.

To inspect the coils, start by removing any debris that is blocking air flow. Grass clippings, leaves, twigs, and pet hair should be removed. Excess water can also cause problems. The excess water will raise the humidity in the house and could produce mold.

Cleaning condenser coils

A dirty condenser coil can cause your air conditioning system to break down. Cleaning it regularly will prevent costly repairs and coil leaks. In addition, it will ensure that your air conditioner will have a longer life. If you are unsure about the process of cleaning the coils, it is best to consult a professional. If you’d like to clean the coils on your own, you can use compressed air to remove any loose debris. Just make sure to blow the air out of the coils in the opposite direction than the usual flow of air. Moreover, you’ll want to wear eye protection when performing this task.

A good tip when cleaning the condenser coils is to avoid using acidic cleaning solutions as they can damage the copper and alloy metals found in the coils. This type of corrosion will shorten the life of the coils.

Cleaning the outside of a mini split

It is crucial to regularly clean the outside of your mini split. This will prevent the unit from developing unwanted odors, growing mold, and wearing down the internal pieces. It will also help you save money on your energy bills. When the mini split unit is clean, it doesn’t need to work as hard, thus reducing your bill.

Using a vacuum and a dry cloth, clean the heat exchange grilles. If the grilles are extremely dirty, you may need to use liquid soap or water from a hose. You can also clean the mini split housing by removing the top and using a vacuum to clean the inside of the unit. This step also includes cleaning the condenser coils and condensate pan.

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