When Winter arrives, many consumers are at that point looking to shop for air conditioning products. This is usually due to the fact that many people want to either replace or upgrade their air conditioning systems for next year, when the heat starts rolling in. The most common method of air conditioning that many people are going these days is the split ductless system. This is due to the huge energy savings they can accomplish by going to this form of air conditioning. If you are not familiar with a split ductless air conditioning system, it has a big boxy type condenser outside of your house, and indoors, you will have a fan and coil system, which connect by pipes that feed in the refrigerant.
Also, these split ductless air conditioning systems come in handy for homes that can’t support ductwork for whatever reason. It could be because the house is very old before the days of central heating and air conditioning, or, it may be just the general build of the home, even if it is a newer one. The indoor and outdoor sections of the split ductless system are connected together by a sort of thin conduit that holds the power cable, the tubing, as well as condensate drain with it. The conduit is then ran through a 3 inch hole behind the air handler itself. Once installed, each air handler of the split ductless air conditioning system cools the room it is installed at, and then you simply can set the temperature from a remote control device that comes with it! Isn’t that pretty neat? I think it is.
Now, one thing I would like to document about the split ductless air conditioning systems, is that they are in fact a bit more expensive than your basic window air conditioning units. Although the split ductless air conditioning system is not a central air conditioning system, it very much feels like one. I would also like to add, that unlike basic window air conditioning units, the split ductless air conditioning system needs to be installed by a certified heating and cooling professional. It is not recommended that you attempt to instal the split ductless air conditioning system yourself. You may find many videos on several websites promoting the old “do it yourself” method, but again, it is vital you do not even attempt this.
There are several reasons to not mess with the D.I.Y. method. The first and foremost is the potential for electric shock. As with any type of HVAC equipment, if you do not have the training in HVAC installation, you could do something fatally wrong. Also, you run the risk of breaking your split ductless air conditioning system if you are not an HVAC professional. Moving on to central air conditioning systems that run through ductwork, I have some tips for you that can help your a/c run smoothly with little to no problems.
The first thing when it comes to keeping a central air conditioning running smoothly is to keep things clean. Be sure you do not have lots of grass, shrubbery, plants, etc within 2 feet of the HVAC unit. Also be sure to keep your grills and filters cleaned once per month. With your air filters, you can either go with washable air filters, or the general kind of air filters. In that case, it would be to simply change out the air filters. You will also need to keep the condenser coils clean and remove any dirt that may have ended up getting clogged around them. The other important thing to do with a central air conditioning system is to both clean your ductwork on a frequent basis, and seal and insulate your ducts.
By sealing the air ducts, this would keep you a lot cooler in the hotter Summer months of the year, and in turn, this would also save on the energy use, making your monthly electric bills much lower than they normally would be. Another tip for keeping your central air conditioning system running smooth is to have regular checks at the beginning of every season. Call your local heating and cooling professional to have them do a tune up, and look over your central air conditioning system in every possible aspect. You can save money on these air conditioning checks by simply signing up for an HVAC service plan. Every heating and air conditioning company has at least one available. Be sure to inquire about it. They usually charge you a flat rate per year, or sometimes per month.
These HVAC service plans cover all check ups and repairs that may need to happen on your central air conditioning system for one low price. And I have two last tips if you happen to be shopping for a central air conditioning system. That is to be sure to pick an HVAC unit that is suitable for the size and of your home. You can find more information on this by checking out the Energy Star website. It cam be found through any Google search. The final tip I have for you today if you are shopping for a new central air conditioning system, is to check the SEER rating before you buy it. The SEER rating will let you know the energy efficiency of the air conditioning unit. The higher the SEER rating, the better. Again, by doing some simple Google searches, you can find out more information on what SEER ratings are, and how they would be the most beneficial to you and your hunt for the perfect central air conditioning system in your home. Well, that about wraps up my short presentation on both split ductless systems and central air conditioning systems. Good luck in your air conditioning choices and I wish you all the very best in smooth a/c operations and great energy savings!