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7 Common Problems with a Traditional AC Unit

Why they may not be worth the expense Have you ever noticed that once something becomes popular, most people just accept it without question? Air conditioning systems are the perfect example of this. The majority of homes in the U.S. have a central air system; newer houses are usually built with them, and older houses are often retrofitted to accommodate them. And while these systems have some benefits, problems with them are common. Here are the issues that crop up regularly: 1. Coolant leaks In order to work well, central AC needs the right amount of coolant. If a homeowner notices a fluctuation in temperature, often low coolant is the culprit. And because it doesn’t evaporate, most likely the problem is a leak. Depending on its location and extent, a leak can be very costly to fix. 2.  Clogged drain lines Over time, things like dirt and lint can accumulate [...]

Warranty Coverage for Your HVAC Unit

ComfortUp’s warranty coverage Just because you can, it doesn’t mean you should. That’s the takeaway for deciding whether or not to install the new ductless mini split system you purchased from ComfortUp. Yes, these systems are far less complex than a traditional ducted HVAC system – which means you might want to try a DIY approach. Installing a ductless mini split system yourself is not a good idea. ComfortUp tells customers that an improperly installed system can reduce its efficiency by as much as 50%. But, there’s even a costlier consequence. The excellent warranties offered by manufacturers represented by ComfortUp are valid only with the system is properly installed by a licensed contractor. Protecting your investment An HVAC system’s compressor is one of its most expensive parts. It moves the refrigerant through your system to remove heat and humidity. If it’s incorrectly installed the compressor is unable to expel heat. [...]

ComfortUp vs. eComfort

Similar names, different philosophies You might get tripped up by the sound-alike names, but that’s where the similarity ends. ComfortUp and eComfort have very different approaches to providing customers with air conditioning solutions to heat and cool homes and offices. There’s nothing wrong with casting a wide net to catch customers, and that’s the approach eComfort takes. They’ll sell you a shower drain if you need one. ComfortUp, on the other hand, prefers to keep a tight focus only on heating and cooling systems, along with selected air quality products that enable a more comfortable and energy-efficient lifestyle. Brands and products A visit to the eComfort website can be a little overwhelming if your search is for a ductless mini split system. You’ll find them, but your choices may be nestled among everything from shower tiles and tankless water heaters, to small appliances like wine coolers. The number of options [...]

Ductless Mini Splits: Letting Apartment Tenants Take Control of Their Comfort

How an HVAC system popular overseas is improving apartment living in the U.S. It’s an unfortunate reality of apartment living: airflow is often a struggle. By the nature of their design, the same amount of air can’t move through apartments as freestanding homes – leading to reduced air quality and spaces that can be unbearably hot in warmer months. To make matters worse, apartment buildings often rely on inefficient, energy-hogging cooling and heating systems that force residents to pay sky-high bills for mediocre levels of comfort. Many buildings use a centralized HVAC system that can’t be personalized in each apartment, creating headaches for landlords constantly fielding complaints that the temperature is too hot or too cold, and disgruntling tenants forced to supplement with portable air conditioners to make their apartments comfortable. An ineffective climate control system impacts every facet of apartment living, creating an unbearable home environment, too-high energy bills, [...]

How to Troubleshoot Your Gree Mini Split System

Check these 5 DIY troubleshooting tips before you decide if you have a repair issue Gree has grown fast since its beginning in 1991. Today, it’s one of the best-selling ductless mini split systems in the world. One of the reasons for its popularity is that it’s possible for knowledgeable homeowners to install these systems themselves. While it’s a testament to how well-made and uncomplicated Gree mini splits are, installation should be handled by a licensed installer to avoid voiding the manufacturer’s warranty. Gree’s mini-split systems are designed to require little in the way of attention other than easy routine maintenance. Most operational problems can be resolved by one of these five troubleshooting tips. 1.  Check for tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses in the disconnect boxes Your Gree mini split system should have a dedicated power supply and be configured in accordance with the local electrical safety regulations and [...]

Common Problems and Solutions with Ductless Mini Splits

What causes mini splits to wear out and how to maintain them - problems happen, but they’re no more complicated than traditional systems Ductless mini split systems reward you with great benefits, such as energy efficiency and superior comfort control. They can be set up to maintain a precise temperature zone in specific areas of your home or business. Like all mechanical systems, your ductless mini split will need some regular attention to maintain its operation. If you’re handy around the house, you can do much of what’s required to make sure it’s running at an optimal state. You’ll also want to make sure to have your ductless mini split system regularly inspected by a licensed professional to maintain the warranty. Here’s what to watch out for. The three main components Outside: Like traditional central air conditioning systems, the compressor for your ductless mini split system is outside – along [...]

Gree Mini Split System’s WIFI Capability

WIFI extends control of your Gree mini-split system to anywhere there’s an Internet connection The Gree mini split system’s WIFI capability makes your life even more comfortable. Several of Gree’s mini split systems now have built-in connectivity, and nearly all have the ability to be upgraded with the company’s universal WIFI kit. The good news is that you’ll have even greater access over your system’s environmental controls. The bad news is that you’ll have to come up with a better excuse than blaming the dog or cat for changing the thermostat – and that’s exactly who got the blame by at least 3% of the customers who took Florida Power & Light Company’s survey. What WIFI does for your Gree mini split All Gree mini split systems come with remotes that give you control over every feature – but like nearly all remote control systems, proximity is key. That’s the [...]

The Role of the HVAC in Sustainable Buildings

Why the right type of HVAC system is so important When thinking about things that negatively affect the environment – such as greenhouse gases – it’s easy to just focus on the obvious culprits like cars. And while gas-powered vehicles do account for a large percentage of pollution, there’s something else that’s a worse offender: buildings. Currently, buildings create about 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. One reason for this has to do with inefficient HVAC systems. Fortunately, lately, there’s been a bigger focus on creating more sustainable buildings, with emphasis on two areas in particular: Passive House design and LEED certification. What is Passive House design? Buildings designed with Passive House standards have an airtight construction. This is combined with super insulation, high-performance windows and doors, and a special ventilation system, which allows occupants to enjoy a comfortable indoor temperature that requires very little energy consumption. In fact, [...]

The US is Catching Up With the Rest of the World: The Trend Toward Ductless Mini Split Systems

Adoption rates increase as the public discovers the energy efficiency offered by this technology Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Energy published a report, “The Future of Air Conditioning for Buildings.” Its authors wrote that ductless split systems are commonplace nearly everywhere in the world except for the United States, where ducted systems dominate the residential market. The report goes on to say that while ductless mini split systems have a small – but growing – share of the North American market in terms of sales, they’re the predominant revenue source for manufacturers throughout the rest of the world. What does the rest of the planet know about ductless mini split systems that the US has been missing out on? The US plays catch-up The Department of Energy’s report notes that ductless mini split systems use inverter-driven variable-speed compressors and fans – technologies that greatly increase efficiency. New technology [...]

America’s Demand for Ductless Mini Split Systems is Growing

Sales of ductless mini split systems are growing at an exponential rate Ductless mini split systems are being featured all over home improvement and DIY cable channels lately. You may have even missed them because of their unobtrusive design, but they’re not hard to spot if you know what you’re looking for. Does seeing the systems more on TV reflect a wider upswing in popularity? Well, yes. The growing trend toward ductless Starting in 2007, ductless mini split systems began gaining traction in the HVAC world. Oil and Energy Online stated that from 2007-2014, the US growth rate for these revolutionary systems hit 221 percent. This comes as no surprise, as ductless set-ups offer consumers increased energy savings and a greener option than other HVAC systems on the market. In 2015, more ductless options and features were introduced to the public, bringing even-better alternatives for heating and cooling a home [...]