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Some helpful points of advice regarding Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner systems

When thinking of Ductless systems, set thermostats to 78 degrees in summer, 68 degrees in winter.  To help conserve Ductless energy bills and costs, run your cooling/heating system to "auto."  This is the most efficient setting for your Ductless system.  Check to see if the relative humidity inside your house during the summer is at 60% or higher.  You can run ceiling paddle fans on medium, blowing down in summer and up in winter.  There should be a small switch on your ceiling fans (if applicable) that changes the way the paddles (fan blades) rotate.  This also really helps to make your room more energy efficient. 

With the Ductless unit in operation, the fan blades from the ceiling fan will help circulate the cool air being provided via the Ductless . To help maintain overall life and healthy function of your Ductless system, change HVAC filters on a monthly basis.  This is vital to perform this operation and When the filter is dirty, your Ductless will have to work extra hard in providing cooling/heating needs as the dirt compacted on your filter will make it hard for air flow to pass through for cooling/heating needs.  You may find that certain times and scenarios will play a effect on how often you would have to change your filter for your Some helpful points of advice regarding Heating Air Conditioning HVAC: 

When thinking of Ductless , set thermostats to 78 degrees in summer, 68 degrees in winter.  To help conserve Ductless energy bills and costs, run your cooling/heating system to "auto."  This is the most efficient setting for your Ductless system.  Check to see if the relative humidity inside your house during the summer is at 60% or higher.  You can run ceiling paddle fans on medium, blowing down in summer and up in winter.  There should be a small switch on your ceiling fans (if applicable) that changes the way the paddles (fan blades) rotate.  This also really helps to make your room more energy efficient.  With the Ductless unit in operation, the fan blades from the ceiling fan will help circulate the cool air being provided via the Ductless .

Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump units are the best in efficiency!

This is because the window units are more susceptible to acclimate weather which causes more chance for wear and maintenance, as well as, filter replacement.   Be sure to check that you have properly placed weather stripping around the external A/C unit.   Make sure to read the directions that came with your window A/C unit for proper use. 

Ductless tips:
When heating or cooling with your Ductless unit, keep windows closed and locked so that air will not be able to be lost.  Also, make sure that your A/C window unit is compliant with your windows.  With Ductless systems, check the rating of your windows of your home or business.  Energy efficient windows will keep the cold out during the winter then verify that your windows and doors have the proper weather stripping.  Caulk around the outside of your windows, by closing your shades or curtains at night during the winter will keep the heat in the house and closing them during the summer days will keep the heat out.

Ductless systems need to be insulated, the electric wall plugs and wall switches with foam pads.  You can buy these foam pads almost anywhere and the process of applying insulation is a simple task that does not need to be applied via a licensed professional contractor. Analyze the hardware section and notice the face plate, just screw off the face plate and place them inside.  Even if your walls are insulated, you will still loose a certain amount of energy through the wall outlet.

Caulk along baseboards with a clear sealant for proper sealing of your Ductless unit.  If you want to paint over caulk make sure the caulk is acrylic and can be painted over.  Now you can purchase caulk that can match the color of your paint, this alleviates the extra work in painting.  This also helps your house gets sealed correctly from any air flowing in or out with respect to your Ductless unit.  If you have a fireplace, close fireplace dampers when not burning a fire.  You would be surprised how many people forget to do this.  Not only does it allow the outside air to come in, causing a draft, but it also can allow birds and other things to come in as well.  Extra wear can be caused by excessive drafts from wind on your Ductless unit. 

As a further note of advice, you can caulk around plumbing pipes, phone lines and electrical wires that come through the wall or floors of your home from the outside. This will prevent air from coming in and any bugs that might squeeze through, as well.  You'd want to confirm that the inside and outside vents of your business or and house are not blocked to your Ductless unit.  As with blocked vents, your Ductless system will have to work extra hard in either cooling or heating your business or residence.  For your Ductless unit to run efficiently, you need to be sure that air flows properly inside and outside.  It is key to Insulate attics, attic doors and keep attic doors closed tightly.  This also assists the Ductless unit in operating effectively.  With the warm regions/months, heat rises and for the cooler months/regions, heat drops.

With your Ductless system, there are many different types of Heating & Air Conditioning Hvac Residential ducting available for your air conditioning or and heating needs.  Below is a list \of the most common forms of ducting with a description of what they are used for. 

Heating & Air Conditioning HVAC Midlothian "Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning Ducting"- Reverse cycle (refrigerative) air conditioners use duct that should be insulated with at least 2 inches of material surrounding the core.  Speak with you air conditioning salesman to ensure this is the case.  Duct insulated with less than 2 inches will lose it's cool/heat quicker.

Ductless "Evaporative Air Conditioning Ducting"-
Evaporative ducted systems usually use duct with only 1 inch of insulation surrounding the core.  This is because the air in an evaporative air conditioner is extremely fast moving and therefore there is little time for the heating/cooling effect to be removed.  Evaporative ducting is generally bigger in diameter than reverse cycle ducting.

Heating & Air Conditioning HVAC Cooling "Acoustic/Whispaflex Air Conditioner Ducting"-
Acoustic ducting (or whispaflex as it is also known) is often used in the return air of a ducted reverse cycle system.  The inner core of acoustic ducting contains many tiny holes that reduce the noise inside the ducting.  The return air grille on a reverse cycle system can be quite noisy so this ducting helps reduce that noise.  Once again it pays to ask the salesman to see if this ducting will be included in your system.  If it is not included in your quote and noise is a major concern for you, consider asking for acoustic ducting to be included.

Heating & Air Conditioning HVAC Installation "Air Conditioning Ducting Insulation types"-
Air conditioning ducting can be insulated using a few different materials.  These days polyester is a standard insulation material.  Polyester is the same fiber as used in many people's pillows so it is quite a safe product. Fiberglass was also a common duct insulation type but less and less people are using it these days due to the high cost and the increased safety precautions needed to handle fiberglass products. All in all both types of insulation are more than adequate for residential duct work.

Heating Air Conditioning Plumbing "Air Conditioning Ducting Fire Retardant"-
All ductwork should come with documents describing the products fire rating. In general most insulation acts as a fire retardant. Ask your air conditioning salesman for the documents to make sure that the duct you are buying conforms to the fire laws in your local area.

Warranty tips for your Heating & Air Conditioning HVAC Repair system: 
Warranties and Life Spans for Heating Air Conditioning Heating and Cooling units can differ from brand to brand with other factors.  Make sure to do you your research for the Heating Air Conditioning Mechanical unit with the best warranty for your needs.  Most ductwork will have a warranty aging from 5-10 years.  Be wary of any manufacturer that does not offer this.  After around 10 years ductwork starts to become quite aged. If you were to go up in your roof after this period, you would find the ductwork for your Heating Air Conditioning Furnace system will become quite cracked and brittle.  However, as long as you are still getting adequate airflow and the ducts are clean and unbroken you can still use the system.  The biggest danger to ductwork is rodents like mice and rats who sometimes eat away the insulation and leave their waste in your ductwork.

Ductwork for your Electric Air Conditioning HVAC system can also be a major source of illness.  To add, bacteria can build up in ductwork over time that can make you and your family ill over long periods of time.  There are products available however that you can place in your ducting to disinfect the system.  You can also manually clean the inside of your ducting but this would be a long and arduous task.  Perhaps consider simply replacing the ductwork around every 7-8 years if your health is a major concern.  These are the different types of Energy Air Conditioning HVAC duct specifications and now you can have a good idea as for what to look for.  Be sure to ask your air conditioning salesman what types of duct you will be getting with your Fuel Air Conditioning HVAC system.
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