Ductless Mini Splits 101

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10 Essential Steps to Finishing a Basement

Go from ugly to unbelievable in almost no time at all The basement is typically the most under-utilized room in a house. Think about how you use yours right now. While it may contain a workbench or refrigerator, it might just be little more than an enormous junk drawer. It’s dark, dank, and dirty, which is why you may not even go down there very often. But this doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, there are ways to transform your basement into one of the best parts of your home. To do this, these are the steps to follow: Make a plan It’s easy to just say you want to finish your basement, but what this means can be different for everybody. Thinking about how you want to use it – such as for a game room, extra living room, or maybe even a movie theater – can [...]

How to Keep Your Ductless Mini Split Running Smoothly

Regularly conducting these 7 steps could go a long way toward keeping your system operating at peak efficiency American homeowners are quickly realizing what the rest of the world already knows: ductless mini splits are one of the most efficient and cost-effective HVAC options. But keeping your system running as good as new requires a little tender loving care. Failing to keep your mini split clean and perform consistent maintenance can shorten its lifespan and significantly impact its performance. While it’s important to have an HVAC professional service your system every year, here are some simple steps you can take on your own to keep your mini split functioning properly. Shut it down. Before you begin any maintenance activities, it’s essential that you turn off the indoor air handling unit and the circuit switch for the outside unit. This step is key for preventing injuries or electric shock to you, as [...]

How to Prepare for a Ductless Mini Split Installation

Answer these 5 questions to find the perfect system for your home Congratulations! If you’ve made the decision to install a ductless mini-split in your home, you will soon be enjoying the benefits of energy efficiency, lower electric bills, and personalized comfort that it offers. Long dominant in the European and Asian markets, ductless mini splits are emerging as a leader in the HVAC category in the U.S. as awareness grows of their whisper quiet operation, subtle footprint, impressive efficiency ratings, and ability to customize the comfort of every room in a home. Before installation begins, there are a few decisions to make to ensure that the mini split you choose is the perfect fit for your home. Answer the following questions and you will be ready to install your mini-split How many zones? Ductless mini splits enable homeowners to improve comfort and energy efficiency through home temperature zoning, a [...]

Temperature Control: The Key to Finishing an Attic

Ductless mini splits meet the HVAC needs of an attic Space. The final frontier. No, not the science fiction series. Your attic. In many cases, it really is the only place in your home offering expansion possibilities. Unfortunately, much like what’s out there beyond our atmosphere, the conditions in your attic can be rather harsh. If you can dream it, you can remodel or renovate it – but you’ll first have to tame the climate of this area before you can claim it. Attics are known for their temperature extremes. Your primary task in an attic remodel is to find the right air conditioning system for this environment. That’s hot The attic absorbs more heat than any other space inside your house. It’s likely that no one gave much if any, consideration to the possibility of the attic ever being used as a living space, so it was designed and [...]

Sunsetting R-22 Refrigerant: What It Means for Your HVAC System

With less than two years until Freon becomes illegal to produce or import, homeowners are scrambling to understand their options If your HVAC system was installed before 2011, it probably runs on R-22 refrigerant, more commonly known as Freon. Yet many homeowners are unaware that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – along with other agencies and groups worldwide – has ordered a phase-out of R-22 in less than two years because of its harmful effects on the environment. By Jan. 1, 2020, it will be illegal to produce or import R-22 in the U.S. – and the refrigerant’s price tag has already started to soar as manufacturers obey the EPA-mandated decline in production since 2010. As the phase-out continues, homeowners will need to make informed choices about the repair, service, and replacement of older HVAC units, from central air conditioning systems to ductless mini splits. Read on for everything [...]

A Guide to Finishing an Outdoor Shed

Create an excellent new living or recreational space by following these steps If you’re like most people, you probably don’t have much extra space in your home. And it’s quite possible that your basement or attic – which you may have had lofty plans for – has just become a place to store boxes, bikes, old exercise equipment, and a thousand other things. But this doesn’t mean you can’t find a spot to create a “man cave,” “she shed,” or whatever else you want; you may just have to think outside the box, or, in some instances, outside of your house. If you have a shed in your backyard, here’s how you can turn it into something special: Get rid of the clutter The first thing you will want to do is clean your shed out. All of those lawn tools can go in your garage or just add them [...]

Choosing the Right Ductless Mini Split Model in Multizone Systems

With ductless mini split systems, you have the option to purchase an outside condenser based on its ability to handle the number of zones and the total square footage Let’s say you have a 2,000 square foot, one-story home. If you were going with central air conditioning, you’d likely get the correctly sized exterior condenser, with the appropriate air handler in the attic. The central air conditioning ductwork would carry the air to each room. It’s all pretty straightforward, right? You might fiddle with vents to throttle airflow in rooms that are too cool – like that small bedroom on the north side of the house. And, hopefully, it’ll compensate for the living room on the south side that catches the sun for most of the day. Usually, it doesn’t. But how would you approach this space if you were to instead use a ductless mini-split system? The mini split [...]

Why Old Homes Can Save Big Money with Mini Splits

Finally – an affordable HVAC option for historic homes that’s also good for the environment Old homes are full of a charming appeal that’s hard to find in new construction. Stunningly elaborate scrollwork, heavy oak floors, hidden nooks and crannies, fascinating histories – and often located in urban areas that are an easy walk or bike ride to work. But what old homes often lack is an energy-efficient heating or cooling system. Historic homes were generally built before central air was widely available. Adding the extensive ductwork necessary to install it can be an expensive and laborious process. It also consumes precious living space by forcing ceilings to be lowered or walls to be built out to create room for bulky ducts, spoiling the home’s architectural integrity. Even older homes that are “young” enough to have a central air can suffer issues with original ductwork that’s full of leaks and [...]

Building the Perfect Man Cave

Seven tips to help you have your own little oasis If you have a small house or a big family – or both – things are probably pretty crowded in your home. If the only time you can really find any solitude is when you’re in the bathroom, you need a change. Creating your own man cave could be an excellent solution, and these tips will help you build it: Pick the location Even if don’t have a ton of room in your house, you should still be able to carve out a little of it for your man cave. This could include using your basement, attic, or garage. If none of those are doable, get creative. Maybe you have an old shed that could work. Even a sizable closet could act as a mini-man cave. Decide how you want to use it What do you want your man cave [...]

Supplemental HVAC in a Restaurant: The Ductless Mini Split Solution

Ductless mini split systems balance the comfort and needs of your kitchen staff and diners It's estimated that restaurants use about 2.5 times more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings – with most of the additional energy usage going to HVAC. Restaurants also have a difficult time balancing heating and cooling needs because of what’s going on in the kitchen. It’s why ductless mini split systems have been used in bars and restaurants for much longer than their current popular demand for residences. These supplemental systems allow for precise temperature control. This is especially true for restaurants that move into existing spaces that were not originally built to accommodate the special HVAC needs of a commercial kitchen. Taking the heat Restaurant kitchen exhaust systems are powerful air movers, often removing thousands of cubic feet of air per minute. When that air is removed, it’s got to be replaced [...]