Please research the appropriate unit size for your area before purchasing. Above's suggestion of square footage is based on ideal situations where minimal heat is transferred. If the area contains many electrical appliances, windows, or non-insulated areas, your sizing may need to increase above the recommended square footage. Please ask an expert technician for ideal size before purchasing.
On those hot days that are so frequent lately, more often than not, you’re pumping your air conditioner a lot. If you’ve been meaning to replace your AC for quite some time, there’s nothing like the summertime heat to remind you.
You’ve begun digging around and exploring your cooling options. As you do, you keep seeing one term over and over, SEER. What is SEER? Does having a higher SEER mean your cooling solution is more effective?
An Overview of SEER
Let’s answer your first question, what is SEER? SEER is an acronym that’s short for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. The SEER determines how efficient your air conditioner or cooling solution is under the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute. In Europe, SEER is referred to as ESEER, with the E in front standing for European.
To determine the SEER of your current air conditioner, you need to know its SEER rating. You can do this through a simple calculation.
You know you want a ductless mini split system this summer, and the sooner, the better. That has you wondering, would it be a good idea to install a ductless mini split yourself? Is it even possible? If so, how would you do it?
While you can install a ductless mini split with some knowhow and dedication, many experts agree it’s far from easy. If this will be your first project of the sort, then we recommend you leave it to the dedicated and trained pros to take care of installation.
If you insist on going forward with the installation yourself, you’ll need these tools:
- Power drill
- Hand saw
- Adjustable wrench
- Torque wrench
- Electrical tape
- Philip head screwdriver
- Ductless mini splits
- Wood screws
- Drywall and hollow anchors
First thing’s first, and that’s selecting your mini split. Once you do that, you need to
With summer already here, now is the perfect time to switch to a more efficient ductless mini split system. Before you proceed though, you need to know how many amps such a system would use.
We’ll answer that ahead, but first, let’s differentiate between amps, watts, and voltage.
Amps or amperes is the unit for measuring electricity. The accepted standard unit used for measuring how fast an electric current flows is an example of an ampere. Watts is the basic unit of electric, mechanical, or thermal power, equal to one joule per second: for electric power it is equal to one volt-ampere. You use watts all the time when you power on your coffeemaker, run a blender, use your hairdryer, or watch TV.
Voltage or volts are the basic unit of electromotive force, or difference in potential, that causes a current of one ampere to flow through a conductor having a resistance of one ohm. It sounds a lot like amps, but it is not. Amps are the actual electricity fro
You’ve done your research, and you’ve decided that you’re interested in a ductless mini split system for your home or office. Before you schedule your installation job though, you want to be sure you have the full picture of what to expect. Namely, what kind of power requires does a mini split have? Does it need to be on 220 volts or something else entirely?
To determine the power requirements of your ductless mini split system, you must know its model and the unit’s size.
The smaller your ductless mini split generally, the less power you need. For example, if your system produces heating or cooling at a rate of 9,000 BTUs or 12,000 BTUs, then you should comfortably be able to use 110 volts of power on your ductless mini split.
Once your mini split system exceeds 12,000 BTUs, the chances of it needing at least 220 volts of power go up fairly significantly.
Besides knowing the kind of power requirements for the ductless mini split, you als
You’re gearing up to make a significant purchase, the replacement of your furnace or air conditioner. You’re easily looking at a job that costs four figures, maybe even five depending on the scope of the work.
You’ve spent a few weeks budgeting, but curiosity has gotten the best of you in the meantime. You’ve begun to wonder if there’s a way to adequately cool or heat your home without spending a fortune for a new unit.
You have had your eye on a ductless mini split until a neighbor told you how much more expensive these are to run. Is that really true, or is a ductless mini split the best option for your home?
It’s a common myth that mini splits cost more to operate compared to a gas or oil heater. It’s okay if you believed that myth until now, but we’re here to tell you it’s simply not true. Mitsubishi, a leading name in mini splits, says that, compared to using a gas or oil heater, you can shave your spending by $1,000 to $2,000 every y
When the summer temperatures get you sweating, you crank up your AC. The only problem is, your old air conditioning unit can hardly handle it. It chugs and strains under the pressure, and in the meantime, you wonder if you’ll get another year of cooling.
You’ve begun to look into your other options, as you know your AC’s days are numbered. One option that has really grabbed your attention is a ductless mini split. Such a system looks less bulky than your giant outdoor air conditioning unit, not to mention it seems you can save money too.
However, before you dump your old air conditioner for good, you have to know one thing. Is it possible to cool your whole home with a mini split?
Granted, you will likely need several mini splits as part of your cooling system, and these will be installed in those especially sticky and sweaty parts of your home. Anywhere you want cooling most though, from those small hallw
After a day of working or playing in the hot summer sun, coming home to an air-conditioned home can be a welcome treat. Choosing the right type of air-conditioner to cool all your rooms can mean the difference between an uncomfortable interior and one that all the members of your family can enjoy no matter which room they stay in.
When you’re deciding on air-conditioning for your abode, you may think that you only have three traditional choices:
Window Units. These types of air-conditioners are generally affordable and easy to install. All you need to do is place them in a window and provide appropriate support. However, such units can only cool one room because there’s no way to move the air to a separate room, especially when the doors are closed.
Portable Units. You can easily move portable AC units to any room that demands cooling by removing the window vent and drainage tube, and then rolling the uni
Heating and cooling an entire house can be pricy and can also be difficult if you do not know what method or what appliance is going to be best. There are a huge range of HVAC and other heating and cooling options and taking the time to find the system that works best for you is going to make a big overall difference in your particular success.
What is A Mini-Split?
A Mini-split system is a compact heating and cooling unit that has two major components. It has an outdoor compressor and condenser and an indoor system that handles the air and distributes it. Mini-split systems are typically used to help heat and cool rooms/homes of any size and can be used in conjunction with larger units.
Finding a great system that heats and cools your home can be difficult, a mini-split ductless system does just that. With the right system and the right care, your system can last for years and can serve you well at the same time.
These days, it’s all about efficiency, especially energy efficiency. You always strive to do what you can for our planet, be that recycling more, turning off lights when you don’t use them, and carpooling to work sometimes.
One area of your home that could definitely be more efficient is your heating/cooling solution. Perhaps it’s a rickety old heater or an air conditioner that’s more than 10 years old. You’ve done some research into your options, and one that you’ve found is a ductless mini split system. This can provide either heating or cooling, which has certainly piqued your interest.
Your main question though is whether a mini split system is efficient enough to be a worthwhile replacement?
You’ll be happy to know that mini split systems are especially known for their efficiency. If you have a traditional HVAC system installed in your home or office, mini splits beat those in terms of energy usage. That’s because the mini split system is capable of ener