There aren't many things more frustrating than an air conditioning that refuses to run. A hot, muggy home can make your space incredibly uncomfortable, which is why I have always focused on maintaining my air conditioning system. Unfortunately, I still run into problems from time to time and I am sure that all of you do, which is one of the reasons I decided to build this website. Check out these posts for more information about keeping your system working beautifully, even if you aren't naturally good at fixing things. You never know, making the right changes could dramatically improve your summertime experience.
The weather is warm now, which means you really don't need your heater—and that makes this a perfect time to replace and upgrade your heater. Whether you want something more energy-efficient or want to add a heating system to an extra room you've built onto your home, now is when you want to do it since heating manufacturers and installers aren't swamped with emergency repair requests due to broken heaters.
If you're dealing with a home where you can't add ducts or you don't want to deal with a central heating system anymore, mini-split heating systems might be more your style. These still require tubes or conduits placed within walls to connect the two parts of the system, but you don't need to install full ducts, and you can give different parts of the house their own heating controls.
Ducts Can Transmit Odors
If you've ever lived in an apartment building with central heating, you may have noticed odors, like cooking odors or cigarette smoke, wafting from one apartment to another through the ducts. You don't have to repeat that problem in your own home when you install a mini-split system. The conduits for the different interior units are not shared; while you can still have odors travel from one room to another, the mini-splits won't be to blame. That reduces the number of spots you have to investigate if you're trying to avoid odors.
You Can Have More Than One Interior Unit per Exterior Unit
If you're worried about your house looking like it is covered in furnace units, don't be. Mini-split systems require an outdoor compressor, but you can have a few interior units connected to that one exterior unit. Place the interior units in rooms on one or two sides of the house with one exterior unit, and you won't have a mess of cabling and compressors covering the home's siding.
Mini-Splits Are Better at Conserving Energy and Temperature
Keep in mind that without those ducts, the warm air in your home has fewer places to leak out. That means your energy bills have a chance of shrinking over the next winter, which will be a welcome sight.
Mini-splits look like the heaters and air conditioners you see in a lot of homes in places like European countries and Japan. They are sleek and unobtrusive, and installing them now lets you have efficient heating when winter arrives.