What You Need to Know About Ductless Mini Splits
Homeowners with no air conditioning understand how uncomfortable the heat can be, causing sticky, sweaty skin, sleepless nights, and even difficulty breathing if the air quality is poor. If you are used to air conditioning, suddenly being without it can be especially intolerable. Comfort and health are the two main reasons people decide to get air conditioning for their homes. Ductless mini splits are just one of several air conditioning options, but they are often the best choice.
The following sections will explain how a ductless mini split works and why it may be the ideal option for your home.
What Is a Ductless Mini Split?
A ductless mini split air conditioner uses refrigerant to take the heat out of the indoor air and transfer that heat to the outdoors. The system is made up of the indoor wall-mounted unit and the outdoor compressor unit, connected by tubing which is the conduit for the refrigerant. With central air conditioning, cool air must be forced through ducts to each room in the house. With a ductless mini split system, cool air is immediately delivered to every room where a unit is installed.
When a ductless mini split needs repair, HVAC technicians will typically use a screwdriver or power drill to disassemble the unit. They may also use a leak detector to search for leaks in the refrigerant line or drain pipe, as well as wrenches to adjust fittings.
Why Choose a Ductless Air Conditioner?
Usually, homeowners choose a ductless air conditioner because they are inexpensive and efficient. Central air conditioning requires ductwork which can be costly to install. The installation of a ductless air conditioner is far easier and less expensive. They are also quieter and take up less room than their portable and window-mounted relatives.
Ductless air conditioners offer built-in zoning capabilities, meaning you can control which rooms in your home are cooled, and control how cool they get individually. But they are still capable of cooling an entire home; one outdoor compressor can handle several indoor units.
Another benefit of the ductless air conditioner is that they double as a heater in cooler months. Using the ductless unit to heat the rooms in your home during the fall and spring, instead of relying on your furnace, will provide substantial savings on your fuel bill.
Proper AC Maintenance For Your Home
To keep your air conditioner performing like new, follow these three easy maintenance steps:
- Clean the air filters: Do this every 4-6 weeks, or more if you smoke or have pets. Follow the instructions in your unit’s manual to safely remove and clean the filters.
- Clean the indoor unit: Routinely wiping down the wall-mounted unit prevents dust and debris from getting inside the unit.
- Clean the outdoor compressor: You can prevent problems with your ductless system by clearing the compressor of debris such as sticks and lawn clippings, then hosing down the outdoor unit. Make sure the unit is off beforehand, and allow it to dry completely before turning it back on.
Having your AC system inspected annually is the best method for preventing problems. An HVAC technician will know what issues to look for and will be able to repair and maintain your system as needed. Getting AC maintenance services from a professional will ensure you have reliable, refreshing cool air all season long.
Meet the Air Conditioner Experts at Pro Service Mechanical
Pro Service Mechanical has been in business since 2008, and its technicians have more than a decade of experience in the industry. They are Saskatoon’s trusted source for residential and commercial plumbing, heating, and cooling service. Always willing to go the extra mile, Pro Service Mechanical also offers 24 Hour Emergency Services.