Heating and cooling is a must-have system for your home, but this important system should not have to be an enormous source of energy waste. Thankfully, many homeowners are seeing the benefits of a ductless mini-split system. By using a series of wall-mounted indoor air handlers and a larger outdoor unit, a mini-split system can create and move conditioned air into your home without ductwork that is a key source of air loss. While surprising, ductless mini-split systems certified by Energy Star are 30 percent more energy efficient. Of course, proper maintenance is essential to protecting your system's function and efficiency. Here are a few tips to help you maintain your ductless mini-split.
Over time, dirt, dust, and debris will build up inside the air handlers mounted on the walls or ceiling inside your home. Cleaning these indoor units is necessary because the debris can block air flow into your home. Without a sufficient amount of air flow, your system will struggle to reach a desired temperature inside the home.
To clean these air handlers, turn your system off and remove the cover of each air handler. Use a brush to clean away visible dust and debris.
Check the filters of your air handlers, as well. If they appear dusty, consider vacuuming them with a vacuum attachment. If your filters are disposable, replace them periodically.
Experts recommend replacing the filters every few months. However, if you have pets or someone in the home suffers from allergies or asthma, consider replacing the filters once a month to improve air quality.
Once your indoor air handlers are clean, and the filters have been changed, move outdoors to focus your attention on the outdoor unit.
Inside each unit is a coil that acts as a condenser and heat exchanger to cool and heat your home respectively. Inspecting the outdoor unit and cleaning the interior are important steps to ensure the coil is working properly to cool and heat your home.
Make sure there is no power running to your unit. Clean away any visible debris, such as leaves, grass clippings, feathers, mulch, and straw from the unit's housing, or the exterior cage. This debris can trap inside, blocking airflow and reducing the unit's function.
Remove the housing using a screwdriver and check the interior of the unit for damage, debris, or even lose screws that can alter the system's function. Apply a coat of antifungal spray to the unit's components. This will clean away dirt, dust, and debris while preventing the growth of unhealthy bacteria and mold.
After inspecting and cleaning, reconnect the housing cover to the outdoor unit. Make sure to turn the power back on to your system before using.
A ductless mini-split is an effective and efficient option for heating and cooling. This guide will give you a few simple tips to maintain your energy efficient system. For more information, contact a company like Augusta Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning.