Ductless Mini Splits 101

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When Do You Need to Clean Your Air Ducts?

It’s not necessary – or it should be done regularly – depending on who you ask Talk about confusing. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says studies do not conclusively demonstrate that duct cleaning prevents health problems or reduces dust levels in the home. But if that’s true, why is there something called NADCA, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, a nonprofit global trade association devoted to promoting standards for – you guessed it – cleaning HVAC duct systems? Should you get your air ducts clean? And how often? Although the trade association was created to assist the business growth of air duct cleaners, NADCA’s own FAQ says it depends, and it’s mainly up to the preference of the homeowner. According to NADCA, “if your air ducts look dirty, they probably are.” The organization says that contaminants such as dander, dust, and chemicals are pulled into your HVAC system [...]

Keeping Your Air Clean

Indoor air can be worse than what you’re breathing outside The Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration NEWS website reports Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) statistics which say that each year 3.8 million people around the world die prematurely because of exposure to indoor air pollution. The EPA points out that we spend nearly 90% of our time indoors, where pollutants can be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. Outside, it might be pollution caused by vehicles. Inside, according to Asthma for Dummies author William E. Berger, it can be just dust. Berger writes that the average six-home room collects 40 pounds of dust each year. What steps can we take to keep indoor air clean? A breath of fresh air The EPA has produced a guide to portable air cleaners, as well as furnace and HVAC filters. The safety-minded organization leads with the advice that one of the most [...]

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, [...]