Ductless or mini-split heating and cooling systems are becoming more and more popular, especially in areas like Cincinnati, Ohio, where many older homes are heated by radiators or electric baseboards. Even in a home with no ductwork, you can install a ductless system by mounting interior wall units throughout the home. This is one of the most efficient, inexpensive heating and air conditioning options, but it still needs regular maintenance. To care for your ductless system, replace your air filter often, clean your outdoor unit, and have it checked by a professional at least once per year.
Replace Your Air Filter
Most heating and air conditioning units use one or more filters to clean your home’s air. A dirty or clogged filter reduces your unit’s air flow and efficiency, increasing your utility bills. It also spreads dirt, dust, mold, pet dander, and other pollutants through your home. These contaminants can also get into your system and make breakdowns more likely. Change your air filter once per month to extend your system’s life and save money on your utility bills.
Clean Your Outdoor Unit
Turn off your system, and then use a garden hose to spray any dust, dirt, leaves, grass clippings, or other debris away from the coil whenever it gets dirty. Don’t use a pressure washer or anything else with high water pressure because you could damage your outdoor unit. You can protect your unit and save energy by building an awning over it or putting a fence around it. Just make sure it has a few feet of space for good air flow.
Have Your System Checked by a Professional
Have your system inspected by a professional at least once per year to keep any minor problems from becoming worse and causing expensive, inconvenient breakdowns. Regular maintenance also prevents bad smells, poor indoor air quality, and high utility bills.
Western Hills Heating & Air Conditioning has more than 35 years of experience, and we can help you install, maintain, and repair a variety of systems, including ductless systems. Call us anytime at 812-227-3001 for great service.
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