The Advantages of the Ductless Mini Split

There are many situations when compact, ductless mini split home comfort systems are the perfect choice to both cool and heat your home here in the Beaumont area. Mini splits work well anytime a duct system isn't part of your plan, whether you're building an addition, guest house or apartment on your property or you just want an A/C that keeps you cool using less energy. These compact units deliver conditioned air directly to different rooms or zones rather than routing it through a duct system. 

These systems are also called multi-split or variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heat pumps.

 Here are just a few advantages that you can count on with a ductless system:

  • Save time and money upfront - There's no need for a duct system installation or an extension.
  • Lower operating costs for long-term savings - A non-ducted mini split system can save you up to one-third on home heating and cooling, because you don't have the waste that can come when conditioned air circulates through ducts.
  • Placement options - The indoor component of a ductless mini split is comparatively small and low profile. Conduits connecting indoor and outdoor components can extend beyond 100 feet for even more setup options. 
  • Configuration options - Several indoor units can work with a single compressor located outdoors.
  • Zone control - With ductless systems, you can control the temperature of each room or zone as opposed to a single thermostat-controlled central system controlling the whole house as a same-temperature unit.
  • Get both heating and cooling - This offers a single solution for dwellings that once depended on multiple window A/C units and electric heating.
  • Better performance than window units - Mini split systems have a better conditioning capacity, operate more efficiently and run more quietly.
  • Safety - There's no need to give up a window, block your view and possibly make your home an easy target with easy entry for thieves.
  • Trusted technology - Ductless systems have been in use for more than 30 years worldwide.

To learn more about ductless mini split systems, contact the professionals at Thermacon Service Company, Inc

Avoid These 5 Thermostat Issues in Your Home

The thermostat is one component of your HVAC system that you may not think about very often, but it's a vital one. When you check for and correct the following issues, you can improve the efficiency of your entire heating and cooling system:

  • It's hit by direct sunlight whenever the sun's shining. When sunlight warms the thermostat in the winter, it won't signal your furnace to cycle on, and your home will stay cold. In the summer, you'll always be too cold because the warmth of the sun won't let it reach the target temperature that shuts off your A/C.
  • It isn't centrally located. If it's located in a closed-in spot where there isn't much air circulation, you may find that different areas of your home are either too hot or too cold. For even heating and cooling throughout your home, the thermostat should be in a central, open location where there's good airflow.
  • It has a buildup of dirt and dust. To keep it working accurately, this sensitive piece of equipment needs to be cleaned periodically. Take the cover off and use a small, soft paintbrush to clean the working components. If you see corrosion on the metal contacts, use a dab of electronic cleaner on a cotton swab to gently clean it off.
  • It's situated too close to a heating or cooling vent. When it's exposed to hot or cold air, it will reach the target temperature too quickly, and your furnace or air conditioner will cycle off again before your home reaches a comfortable temperature.
  • It's outdated or has stopped working properly. Even if it still looks good, it may not be providing accurate temperature readings, which affects your comfort and energy consumption. If it's time for an update, a programmable thermostat is an inexpensive investment that could bring you considerable savings. Scheduling temperature changes when you're regularly out of the home or sleeping can help you save on your energy bills.

If you need expert advice about the thermostat in your Beaumont area home, contact us at Thermacon Service Company.