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  1. Can a Mini Split Be Moved?

    Can a Mini Split Be Moved?

    You’ve had a ductless mini split system for years now without complaints. After doing some significant home remodeling, you find yourself wishing some of the components of the system were in different places than they are.

    Perhaps you’re bidding adieu to your home after having many happy memories there. You don’t want to leave your mini split for the next homeowners to use, especially because it’s made such a difference in how comfortable your home is, not to mention you love saving money on your energy bills.

    Is it possible for you to move parts of your mini split to accommodate your new home setup? What about the whole thing?

    Indeed, you can! That said, you can’t do it on your own. You’ll have to contact your mini split technician to come to the house and help.

    The components of your ductless mini split system can be heavier than they look. For instance, did you kno

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  2. What Are the Three Main Functions of an Air Conditioning System?

    What Are the Three Main Functions of an Air Conditioning System?

    You eagerly await the start of fall not for pumpkin spice lattes, but for some much-needed relief from the heat. Even with an air conditioner, your home or building doesn’t stay sufficiently cool. That’s why you’ve decided now to upgrade to a air conditioning system so you’ll be readier for next summer.

    You’re still learning a lot about your air conditioner. To make the most of it, you’re curious about its main functions. What are they? That’s exactly what we’ll talk about in this post, so check it out!

    Cooling

    This is the feature that most people clamber for when they decide to buy a new air conditioner, especially a PowerSave AC system. You’ll have complete control over the coolness

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  3. What Is the Best AC Temperature to Sleep?

    What Is the Best AC Temperature to Sleep?

    You usually give your air conditioner a break overnight since the temperatures are low enough that you can sleep comfortably without it. Tonight, though, is different. You’re at the beginning of what will be a multi-day heatwave. You suspect you’ll have to sleep with your air conditioner on for the next several nights.

    You’re not happy about this, and not only because it’s going to cost you more money on your utility bills. You also have no idea what temperature to set the air conditioner so you don't turn into an ice block overnight.

    What is the best AC temperature to sleep soundly? According to Medical News Today, the answer is somewhere between 60 degrees and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Most people prefer temps up to 65, others 67. You might prefer a cool room that’s closer to 60 degrees, or maybe it’s your spouse or partner that does.

    Staying cool overnight i

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  4. Is HVAC the Same as Air Conditioning?

    Is HVAC the Same as Air Conditioning?

    You hear the acronym HVAC tossed around all the time, such as an HVAC unit or an HVAC technician. Yet you’re not really sure what HVAC means. You assume it’s related to your air conditioner, but you’re not sure otherwise.

    Are HVAC and AC the same or not?

    To answer your question, let’s explore HVAC in more detail first.

    HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. It’s a type of technology that encompasses indoor comfort in homes, buildings, and vehicles of all kinds. HVAC units have two primary goals. The first is to raise the air quality indoors to an acceptable limit. The second is to increase your thermal comfort, with thermal comfort referring to satisfaction with your environment.

    The heating aspect of HVAC can entail furnaces, central heaters, boilers, and heat pumps. The ventilation part of HVAC includes forced or mechanical ventilation as well as passive ventilation. The air conditioning part of the HVAC acronym includes refrigera

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  5. How Air Conditioning Changed America

    How Air Conditioning Changed America

    We couldn’t imagine foregoing it now, but there was indeed a time in American society in which air conditioning wasn’t available.

    To appreciate air conditioning as it is today, we have to look at its history. AC is attributed to the Ancient Egyptians, who were fans of passive air conditioning. Everywhere from Northern India to the Middle East, North Africa, and the Iberian Peninsula caught on and began using this form of air conditioning to beat the heat.

    It’s amazing that passive air conditioning could exist in prehistory at all considering that electricity wasn’t invented until 1752. It wasn’t until the early 1900s that Willis H. Carrier developed what became the prototype of air conditioners as we know them in modernity.

    At the time, air conditioning was mostly used in paper and printing plants as well as textile mills to prevent moisture from affecting the products. By the middle of the 1900s, domestic air conditioning spread, with the creation of the window un

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  6. Can Dirty AC Systems Cause Health Problems?

    Can Dirty AC Systems Cause Health Problems?

    It’s been a hot minute since you’ve gotten around to cleaning your air conditioner. It’s not like you’ve neglected your AC on purpose. You’ve just had a lot of other things going on that were more urgent.

    Your to-do list is getting shorter all the time, so you’ll soon be able to schedule some time to clean the air conditioner. Long before then, you'd noticed that it’s quite dirty. Between now and the time you get to clean it, will your dirty AC cause any health issues?

    Certainly, yes. All that dirt that’s trapped within the air conditioner has to go somewhere, and that’s usually out of the HVAC unit and through the vents in your home. There, you and your family will breathe in the dirty, dusty air every single day.

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  7. Federal Rebates for Mini Splits

    Federal Rebates for Mini Splits

    You want to pull the trigger on a ductless mini split system, but you haven’t quite yet. Maybe it’s that you’re so used to your old air conditioner or heater, or you don’t know how well a mini split system will work for you (the answer? Very well!).

    Here’s something that might inspire you to take the plunge: federal rebates. The Non-Business Energy Property Tax Credit, which is in tax code Section 25 C, has been passed by Congress yet again for 2021.

    Thanks to the credit, if you’ve purchased a ductless mini split system within the last year, you could be eligible for a rebate.

    In 2020, the rebate was good for up to $500. Even better was that the Non-Business Energy Property Tax Credit was applied retroactively that year. If you had bought and installed a ductless mini split system between December 31st, 2017 and December 31st, 2020, you were potentially eligible.

    In 2021, the Non-Business Energy Property Tax Credit expanded its rebate

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  8. Do Mini Splits Use Water?

    Do Mini Splits Use Water?

    You’re trying to cut down on your monthly bills, and one such bill that’s especially astronomical in your household is the water bill. You’re doing whatever you can to lower it, such as taking military showers (a type of very short shower) and limiting your gardening hose use.

    You’d been meaning to replace your HVAC units anyway, and you’ve had your eye on a ductless mini split system for a long time. Before you invest in such a system, you must know, do mini splits require a lot of water?

    No, ductless mini splits don’t use water. If anything, when you see water coming from the outdoor unit, that’s a problem.

    How a Ductless Mini Split Works

    Allow us to explain how mini splits work. Outdoors is a compressor, which can act as a heat pump unit. The compressor is attached to various indoor air-handling units in the home or commercial building.

    Each air-handling unit is linked to a refrigerant line. The warm air pumps through the system, w

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  9. Do Mini Splits Have Filters?

    Do Mini Splits Have Filters?

    handling unit’s filter is to purify the air that’s sent into your home. To access the filters, you need to find your indoor air-handling unit.

    At the front of the unit should be a panel. You might have to unscrew or unclip it depending on the design, or perhaps the panel opens right up. Once you have the front panel open, you should be able to see the filters in the air-handling unit.

    Since this is your first time changing them, the filters are likely going to be filthy. That’s okay, as you can clean them off and put them back in as good as new.  

    How Often Do You Need to Change Mini Split Filters?

    You do some other basic maintenance to your ductless mini split system such as cleaning minor debris off the outdoor compressor. Add filter cleaning to that maintenance routine. Once per two weeks, you should check the filters. You might not have to replace them yet, but you at least want to see what kind of shape they’re in.

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  10. Can You Mix and Match Mini Splits?

    Can You Mix and Match Mini Splits?

    Although mini splits are reliable equipment, the components don’t last forever. That’s especially true if you misuse them or if you fail to get the indoor air-handling unit and especially the outdoor compressor maintained at least annually.

    Let’s say that one of the parts of your ductless mini split system failed, be it the compressor or the air-handling unit. You remember the manufacturer of your mini split parts, but when you go to look up the parts, you realize that the unit you originally bought has been discontinued.

    Frustrated, you begin to search for another manufacturer of compressors or air-handling units, and you find one you really like. The prices are right, and the specs of the unit match your old one perfectly. This is the replacement you’ve been looking for.

    Or so you think.

    Mixing and matching mini splits is not recommended. While technically, it could work, more than likely, you’re going to have one or more of the following issues.

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