Tips for Operating and Maintaining Ductless Systems
Like many Florida homeowners, keeping your home cool will be a priority now that spring is winding down and summer is just around the corner. Ductless systems are an excellent heating and cooling choice, offering energy efficiency, comfortable zoning control and unobtrusive installation. By properly maintaining your system, it will continue to provide these benefits for years.
Ductless mini split systems consist of an outdoor unit and a thermostat for each of one to four indoor air handlers, which are typically mounted to walls or ceilings. Since each air handler is controlled by its own thermostat, they’re essentially zoning systems. They allow a user in one area of the building or home to control the temperature in their own area, independent of other users.
Ductless systems are especially useful for multifamily dwellings, room additions that can’t be reached with existing ductwork, and augmenting existing cooling and heating systems
Ductless System Maintenance
Ductless systems last for an average of 12 to 15 years. However, in Florida’s humid climate, yours may require some periodic maintenance maintain its efficiently. Here are some basic tips for maintaining your ductless system:
- Keep the outdoor unit clean. Remove grass, weeds, leaves or any other debris that might hinder operation.
- Inspect the air handler’s air filters every month. Clean filters improve your indoor air quality, performance and energy efficiency, and prevent freeze-ups.
- Check the system monthly to ensure that the unit is draining properly. Check for clogs and remove them as necessary.
- Use a garden hose to spray down the outdoor component every couple of months to keep it clean. The compressor may overheat and cause damage to the system if not cleaned regularly.
- Schedule regular maintenance with a certified heating and cooling technician to ensure performance, efficiency and longevity. The HVAC professional will check points including electrical connections, moving mechanical parts and refrigerant levels.
For more information about keeping your ductless system in shape, check out Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning’s system maintenance solutions or call 904-240-4038.
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