Ductless Mini Splits 101

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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 [...]

The Hottest Trend in Keeping You Cool: Air Conditioners Without Ducts

Keeping your home’s temperature comfortable in all seasons Summer has left but the heat has not. Forecasters expect the heat and humidity to persist well into the fall, which means that your air conditioning is going to be blasting an arctic wind for a while longer. As soon as you get used to pumping cold air, the weather changes and winter comes. Freezing temperatures right after a hot autumn mean a sudden change for your air conditioning unit without a break in sight. For most, that means a hefty electric bill, possibly a few breakdowns and repairs, and a larger carbon footprint. And with more extreme weather patterns being projected, it stands to reason that this could continue to worsen. These trends have prompted a series of Department of Energy regulations involving HVAC systems, with the intent to curb these negative outputs. But the best way to meet and beat [...]

What’s So Cool About Smart HVAC Systems?

The smart thermostat and the Internet of Things could make our homes and workplaces more energy efficient and easier to maintain Imagine an HVAC system that can “talk” to your entertainment system, creating an atmosphere that enhances the movie you are watching. Or consider how much more comfortable parties would be if your heating and cooling system could sense the average temperature of everyone in the room – and adjust accordingly for maximum comfort. Or think about how uncomfortable it is to walk into a stifling, hot house after a long day of work – and how much better it would be if you could simply use your smartphone to cool your home to the perfect temperature as you are leaving your office. The Internet of Things (IoT) may be set to revolutionize the HVAC industry. Smart technologies are available or on the horizon that wasn’t even dreamed about a [...]

The Utility Costs of Standby

How your appliances are costing you much more money than you probably realize Think about how many things you have plugged into outlets in your home. If you’re like most people, this probably consists of TVs, computers, appliances, and several other items. And even if most of them are currently not on, you may be surprised to learn that they still consume energy. This is because many of them operate in standby mode. What is standby mode? Many electrical devices in your home are basically sitting and waiting for you to use them. This is why things come on so quickly; when you push the power button on your remote, your TV or DVD player responds immediately. And while convenient, standby mode wastes quite a bit of energy. According to Energy.gov, standby power uses 5 to 10 percent of all power consumed in homes the U.S. How much is this [...]

Steps to Install a Ductless Mini Split

These 9 steps help ensure a better ductless mini split installation Most homeowners turn to a professional to install a ductless mini-split HVAC system. But mini splits are much easier to install than traditional systems, and if you have experience with plumbing and minor electrical work – and you enjoy working around your home – it’s possible to tackle the majority of this project yourself. That said, we always recommend going with a professional installation, both to guarantee it’s done properly and because of the self-installs void the manufacturer warranty. Let’s repeat that, as it’s important: Failure to use a licensed HVAC technician to do the install will VOID THE WARRANTY — and manufacturer tech support will likely not even talk to you to troubleshoot or provide other support. Plus, due to safety concerns and laws about the handling of refrigerant – and special tools needed – the completion of [...]

3 Questions for Your Ductless Mini Split System Installer

To ensure compliance with your manufacturer’s warranty, it’s best to hire a professional heating and cooling contractor to install your system. Make sure they can answer these critical questions. Ductless mini split systems are gaining momentum in the United States because of their superior efficiency, area-specific cooling and heating ability, and relatively easy installation. Still, mini split manufacturers strongly recommend hiring a professional heating and cooling contractor to install their systems. Doing it yourself not only voids manufacturer warranties from companies like Gree and Mitsubishi, but subpar performance due to a bad installation could reduce your unit’s efficiency by as much as 50 percent. In a bid to save money up front, in other words, some do-it-yourselfers could cheat themselves out of the very long-term savings they seek. Professional installation also ensures that your ductless mini split system meets local electrical and plumbing codes. If you’ve decided to go with [...]