what you can do to reduce heating costs

what you can do to reduce heating costs

Going Ductless? Tips To Clean And Protect Your Efficient Mini-Split System

by Mia Kuhn

Going ductless with your heating and air may seem overwhelming, but the addition of a ductless mini-split is a smart investment for your home. Since conditioned air escapes through the ductwork of a traditional system, going ductless can conserve 30 percent of energy by preventing this air loss. Due to these benefits, you may consider going ductless. Of course, some cleaning and maintenance of your new efficient system is necessary. Using this guide on maintaining your mini-split, you can enjoy energy efficiency, value, and comfort in your home.

Air Handlers

Located in the walls, ceiling, attic, and crawlspace of a home, ductwork transports conditioned air from the outdoor unit into the home. With a mini-split system, ductwork is not needed to transport this air. Your mini-split system offers an outdoor unit and a series of copper piping, which moves the heated and cooled air to multiple indoor units inside the house.

Air handlers, or indoor units, are mounted to the ceilings and walls of various zones in the home. Customizing the temperature of each zone is completed through the indoor air handlers, but maintaining each of these units is essential for efficiency of the system.

Power off your system and remove the cover of each indoor air handler. Scrub away any visible dirt, dust, and debris using a soft-bristled brush. For stubborn buildup of dirt and dust on the air handler, soak a cloth in a solution containing warm water and liquid dish soap. Be sure to wring out the excess liquid before washing the air handler. Dry with a clean cloth before reattaching the housing cover of each air handler in the home.

System Filters

Changing your system's filters every few months is also important for preventing blocked air flow through your home. In addition, a blocked filter will not trap dust, dander, and pet hair, increasing the flow of these allergens into the home, so changing or cleaning your system's filters is imperative.

Each of your indoor air handlers has its own filter, so removing each one and either replacing or cleaning it is smart for proper air flow and energy efficiency. If possible, replace each filter with a HEPA filter, which remove 99.97 percent of particles that measure .3 in diameter.

To clean your filters, remove and place in a tub filled with warm water and liquid dish soap. After soaking for a few minutes, rinse with warm water. Place the filters on a flat surface to dry before reinserting.

Changing each of the air handler's filters may be a time-consuming task, but it is a key part of your mini-split's efficiency.

Condenser Coil

After cleaning and maintaining your indoor air handlers, focus on your outdoor unit. Inside each outdoor unit is a condenser coil, which conditions air before moving it into the home's indoor units. Over time, debris, grass clippings, straw, and mulch can clog up the condenser coil,  causing it to use more energy to condition air. Due to this possibility, periodic maintenance on your condenser coil is smart.

Shut down your system, making sure no power is running to your heating and air units. Remove the housing cover of your outdoor unit and rinse off with a garden hose. Set the cover aside to dry.

Use your hands to remove any visible debris, which may be clogging up your condenser coil.  After cleaning, apply a generous amount of antifungal spray to the interior of the outdoor unit. This cleanser prevents the growth of bacteria and mold, but it also helps remove stubborn dirt and dust in and around the condenser coil.

After cleaning the interior of your unit and the condenser coil, reattach the housing cover and turn the power on to your system.

While cleaning out ducts is not necessary with your mini-split, maintenance is still important for protecting your system's efficiency. Using these tips, you can protect and maintain your ductless mini-split. For more information, contact a company like Salem Heating & Sheet Metal, Inc.


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Does your heating bill send you into a state of shock? If so, now is the time for you to begin making changes to your home to bring the cost of heating your home down. In years past, my heating bill was actually more than my mortgage was. It really made getting through the winter difficult for my family. I decided to do something about the high bills. I started with insulation, then invested in some new windows, and I also changed the way that we used our utilities. You can learn everything that I did to reduce my heating bill so that you can cut your heating bill as well.