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You’re familiar with standard heating and air conditioning units. Through this blog, you’ve become acquainted with ductless mini split systems as well. A coworker of yours recently told you about a VRF system they got installed in their home, which has you curious. What is a VRF system?
In today’s post, we’ll tell you all that and more. Think of this article as your VRF systems 101!
What Is a VRF System?
A VRF system is short for a Variable Refrigerant Flow system. You may also hear of a VRF system being called a Variable Refrigerant Volume or VRV system. Created in 1982 by a company called Daikin Industries Ltd., VRF systems work in a way akin to ductless VRF systems work much like multi zone systems, because it can handle several indoor units with one outdoor unit. Mini Split Systems are always 1 to 1 condenser and indoor unit. The main differe
When you first got your ductless mini split system installed, everything worked like a dream. Then suddenly you started having issues with the AC. Now it’s cooling sporadically or not reaching the temperature you set. What is going on and what can you do about it?
Here are some troubleshooting tips for your mini split AC.
Do a Wiring Check
If the wiring was faulty from the get-go or has become that way over the months or years since installation, then the mini split AC might not be getting the signals to adjust to the requested temperature. Other signs that you have a wiring issue are the indoor and outdoor unit regularly fall out of communication with one another and heating is just as troublesome as cooling.
We wouldn’t recommend you go tinkering with the wiring components of your ductless mini split AC yourself. Call your technician and let the
Today, energy efficiency is a major factor that can impact whether we buy a heating or cooling unit as much as–if not more so–the price of said unit. If your current air conditioner or heater is an energy hog, you might consider a VRF split system. Is VRF really all that energy efficient?
Keep reading to find out!
What Is VRF and How Does It Work?
First, let’s begin with a quick recap of what a VRF split system is. Short for variable refrigerant flow, VRF systems rely on refrigerant that travels through a condenser unit or several. As the refrigerant moves, it’s cooled or heated according to the needs of a room.
The more complex three-piped VRF systems can act as a heater and cooler all in one. Even better is that rather than heat parts of a home or building at one time and then cool them later, a three-piped VRF system can handle both heating and cooling at the same time.
That’s not the case with a two-piped VRF split system, w
You’ve decided to get a ductless mini split system installed. You’re excited for the heating and cooling potential and, most importantly, for the expected monthly savings to your energy bills going forward.
The day your ductless mini split outdoor condenser and indoor air-handling units will be installed is almost here. You’re wondering if there’s anything you should do to ready your yard before the technicians arrive. After all, how far can you run mini split lines anyway?
The standard length of mini split lines is 25 feet. Why is that? That’s the anticipated distance between the outdoor condenser and the nearest indoor air-handling unit. In some cases, the space from one unit to another may be slightly shorter at 15 feet, so you’d need a line that’s about as long.
The longest mini split line you can get is around 50 feet, sometimes double that, but in most situations, t
Wow wee! You were recently giving your split AC a cursory inspection and you have to admit, the unit smelled terrible. You’re not quite sure how to explain the scent except that it’s very unappealing. You’d like to get rid of the odor, but how?
Well, first, you have to rule out other culprits. Most split AC units are outdoors, so look around you. Do you have a few piles of yesterday’s garbage near the AC that have yet to be picked up by the trashmen? Perhaps an animal died close by and that’s what you’re smelling.
Scope out the area and look for alternate sources of the smell. If you don’t find any, then it’s fair to assume it’s your split AC that smells rancid. What exactly is it that you’re inhaling anyway? Well, we hate to tell you this, but it’s probably dead animals or mildew.
We’ll start with the mildew, as it’s the more pleasant of the two. As the internal parts of
You’ve had your ductless mini split units installed for some time now and you love how efficiently they heat and cool your home when you need it most. You recently decided to buy a new TV, and since it’s bigger than your old one, you have to mount it somewhere different. Is it okay if you put the TV under your mini split?
Not if you care about your new TV, which we assume you do. A whole host of issues can crop up when you have the TV too close to your indoor mini split unit, so let’s discuss them now.
If a Condensate Line Malfunctions, It Could Cost You Your TV
Ductless mini split units are incredibly reliable, but let’s say the worst happens and the condensate line malfunctions. If so, that line holds moisture, which would then release fluid all over your TV.
As high-tech as today’s TVs are, they don’t make them waterproof yet. If your TV got soaked with condensate fluid, that could be the end of it.
The Mini Split Unit
Making the decision to get a ductless mini split system wasn’t the hard part. No, that’s determining where your indoor air-handling units will go. You want to take an out of sight, out of mind approach, keeping the units higher up on the walls near the ceiling if possible. How high can you go with your mini split installation?
The indoor mini split unit should be installed between 4” and 6” from the ceiling according to the experts at PowerSaveAC. If your living room or bedroom has higher ceilings, then measure up from the floor, installing the mini split again in the 4”-6” from the ceiling range.
In today’s post, we’ll explain why the location for wall-mounting your indoor mini split units matters. You won’t want to miss it!
The Importance of Placing Your Indoor Mini Split Unit Properly
You’re a little surprised
Although you’re not installing your ductless mini split system yourself, you still want to ensure everything is set up the right way so you can maximize your home’s heating and cooling potential. That has you curious about the condensing unit and where it should go. Should it be closer to your house or further away?
Let’s answer that question in today’s post.
What Is the Condensing Unit?
Before we get into condensing unit placement, let’s make sure we’re talking about the same unit here. The condensing unit is also known as the condenser or the compressor. It’s one of the key parts of your ductless mini split system.
Unlike the air-handling units, which go in the various rooms of your home, the condensing unit stays outside. When your ductless mini split system begins running, the indoor unit the removes either the heat, cold, and or humidity f
A two-zone ductless mini split system is a heating or cooling solution intended for more than one zone. If you need a refresher, a zone is an area of your home–not necessarily a room–that has different heating and cooling needs than other zones.
Anything more than single-zone heating or cooling is known as a multi-zone ductless mini split system, and that includes a two-zone unit. If you’ve decided that your home needs more than one air-handling unit to stay comfortable, where should you put the second unit in conjunction with the first?
Here are some two-zone mini split applications we see quite often.
For years, you’ve relied on an outdoor central air conditioning unit and a heater or furnace where the unit was down the basement. Once you did some numbers crunching and realized how much more financially and environmentally efficient a ductless mini split system could be, you were sold.
You’ll soon have your mini split system installed, which will include several indoor units in main rooms such as your living room, bedroom, or entertainment room. Where on the wall should you mount these indoor air-handling units? We have some ideas to share with you today.
Symmetric with the Window
If your indoor unit will go in a wide, spacious room with a lot of windows such as a living room or den, you might not be sure where to mount the unit in conjunction with the windows. Our recommendation? Align the air-handling unit with the windows, keeping them the same height.
For instance, your indoor unit would be as high as the tallest point of the win