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  1. Mini Split Concrete Pad Sizing

    Mini Split Concrete Pad Sizing

    One of the most important parts of your ductless mini split system is the compressor or condenser. This outdoor component contains the refrigerant that converts the air to the appropriate temperature so it can pump through the indoor air-handling unit. At the time of mini split installation, your technician will likely recommend a concrete pad to put your compressor on. This is also known as an air conditioning pad.

    Although it seems like something basic and thus skippable, this concrete pad is very beneficial. The pad prevents the compressor from rattling and vibrating when the ductless mini split system is on and running. This movement can wreck internal compressor components that can shorten the life of your mini split system. Long before that happens, the rattling and/or buzzing that the shifting compressor makes can drive you nuts.

    The compressor pad keeps insects and other critters from being able to easily access your mini split system. The pad also prevents the compressor

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  2. What Is Mini Split Inverter Technology?

    What Is Mini Split Inverter Technology?

    Staying current on your ductless mini split options helps you make educated decisions about what’s the best heating and/or cooling solutions for your home or business. In today’s post, we want to discuss mini split inverter technology, which could be just what you’ve been looking for.

    We’re all obsessed with smart technology today, right? We’re always on our smartphones where we can talk to Siri and get weather updates or even hear a funny joke. Smart thermostats let us set the temperature in our home with a voice command and smart TVs can flip from channel to channel via your control. Why not smart ductless mini splits as well?

    Ductless mini split inverter technology is indeed smart. This allows the heating and cooling unit to gauge what level of comfort you need and then work internally to remain at that temperature or very close to it. How? The ductless mini split will either speed up or slow down the converter depending on how close your home or commercial business

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  3. How Are Mini Splits Rated?

    How Are Mini Splits Rated?

    You want an efficient mini split that won’t raise your monthly utility bills too high. What kind of mini split rating should you seek?

    To ensure your ductless mini split system works as efficiently as possible, you need to check its SEER rating.

    SEER? What is that? It’s an acronym that’s short for seasonal energy efficient ratio. Created in 2008 by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute or AHRI, many HVAC systems use SEER, not only mini splits.

    The SEER rating of a ductless mini split system tells you how well the heating pump and air conditioner work depending on the season. To deduce that efficiency, you take the mini split’s summertime cooling output and divide it by how much energy it uses during the same season.

    Your current air conditioner has a SEER rating, although it’s probably not a very good one. This is one of those instances where lower numbers represent less efficient units and higher numbers are for more efficient units.

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  4. Do Mini Splits Use Freon?

    Do Mini Splits Use Freon?

    Part of your ductless mini split’s maintenance entails the unit being refilled with a cooling fluid in case there is a leak in the system, if not, then there is no need to replace or refill the refrigerant in the system. You wonder if that fluid happens to be freon. In today’s post, that’s exactly what we’re going to discuss. Keep reading!

    What Is Freon?

    Freon might sound like a chemical compound on the periodic table of elements, but it isn’t. Instead, it’s a coolant product that’s owned by The Chemours Company. Freon is halocarbon-based and is used as an aerosol propellant or refrigerant. These freon products encompass chlorodifluoromethane and/or chlorofluorocarbons.

    You most often hear of freon in air conditioning systems. When poured into the air conditioner, the freon acts as the element who transports heat from the indoor unit on to the outdoor unit on the cooling mode, and from the outdoor unit on to the indoor unit on the heating mode.

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  5. Do Mini Splits Use Gas?

    Do Mini Splits Use Gas?

    If you have a furnace installed in the basement of your home, it uses one of three power sources: electricity, gas, or induction, which is an electricity-based source of heating that also involves metal. Older furnaces will run on gas, which is disadvantageous for several reasons.

    For one, gas heating is no longer the most efficient means of heating and hasn’t been for a while. Second, a gas furnace increases your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be deadly. Unless you have a carbon monoxide detector in your home, you’d have no way of knowing you’re breathing in this gas since it lacks color and smell.

    You’ve been wanting to get rid of your old furnace anyway for a few other reasons, mostly since it costs you so much on your monthly utility bills. You were thinking of making the move to a ductless mini split system, but you’re concerned these units use gas as well. Is that the case?

    No, it isn’t. Instead of relying on the old standby that is gas, ductle

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