All You Need to Know About Ductless Systems

It’s hard to imagine living without proper home cooling in our part of the state. Most homes keep cool by way of a central air conditioning system, and many homeowners feel like they don’t have a lot of options for cooling if a traditional central air system won’t work well for their home. They may assume that their only option is to add a noisy and less efficient window unit. This is where a ductless system can be a lifesaver.

If you haven’t considered how a ductless system can benefit your home, then you’ll want to read on.

How Ductless Systems Work

Unlike central air systems, which require adding a good deal of ductwork throughout your home, a ductless system only requires feeding a small tube (containing refrigerant) from an outdoor unit to an indoor unit. This is far less invasive than a traditional central air system and requires less time to install. Instead of utilizing ducts to circulate air, there is a system of blowers that are installed in each room to cool that area directly. Since these blowers are installed high up on the wall, homeowners will notice very little interference from a ductless system.

Energy Efficiency

Ductless systems are considered more efficient than central air conditioning units mainly because of their lack of ductwork. A large reason that central air cooling systems become inefficient is due to holes and leaks in the ductwork, which can result in a 25 to 30% loss of efficiency. With a ductless system, you can still get a high efficiency unit with an excellent SEER rating, and you won’t have to worry about losing efficiency over time as you would with a central A/C.

Range of Features

In contrast to typical central air conditioning systems, ductless systems offer a variety of handy features which heightens convenience for the homeowner. These features may include options such as remote operation, programmable settings (so that you can easily control the temperature indoors during certain times of day), easily washable filters, and adjustable air flow.

It’s Not Just for Cooling

Ductless systems aren’t just great for keeping your home cool, they can also heat it as well. Many ductless systems utilize heat pump technology, which means that in addition to cooling your home, they can be used to heat it during the cooler months by reversing the direction that the refrigerant flows so that it transfers the heat into your home instead. These types of two-for-one systems work perfectly in home’s located in and around San Jose, where the weather is mostly warm.

It’s Worth the Investment

Even though there is an initial investment involved with ductless systems, just like there is with central air systems, the benefits of a ductless system are well worth it. Ductless systems last longer and are far more efficient than a window unit. And, compared to a central A/C, ductless systems use less energy overall during operation. You also get more control over your indoor temperature, which results in much greater energy savings over time.

If you’re in the market for an energy efficient solution to cooling your home, consider a ductless system. Benefits like increased energy-efficiency and improved air quality and handy additional features, make it a great option for many homes all year long. Give us a call to learn more about whether a ductless system is right for you: (408) 899-8878. Or visit our products page to browse the variety of ductless options we have available.

How Does Humidity Affect Air Conditioning And Heating

During summer, excess humidity can make you feel hotter. This is because humidity has a big effect on both heating and cooling systems. Depending on the level of humidity inside the house, achieving the desired room temperature can be quite a challenge. This is the main reason why modern HVAC systems come with both humidifiers and dehumidifiers to control humidity levels inside the building and ensure optimal heating or cooling.

The Effects of Humidity on Air Conditioning

The main purpose of air conditioners is to cool indoor spaces during hot weather conditions. This is achieved by passing warm air over cold metal tubes containing the refrigerant. The expanding refrigerant in the tubes absorbs heat from air and goes to the condenser unit, where the heat is dumped. When the moisture content in indoor air is high, the A/C will not only be required to cool the air, but also the water molecules. As a result, the unit will have to work harder and consume more energy to cool the room. If your A/C has a low cooling capacity, it may not be able to cool the room, making you feel uncomfortable.

Common Signs of Excess Humidity

If there is high humidity in your home, your skin may feel clammy. Your windows may also become cloudy while a musty odor may be felt in your home. If you notice these signs, must call in the experts because high humidity can also damage the structure of your building in addition to causing problems to your HVAC system. We can give you recommendations on how to deal with the problem once and for all.

Humidity Control

Since you want your HVAC system to operate efficiently and your home to be comfortable, it is crucial that you install a digital hygrometer in your home to monitor humidity levels. There are several methods of controlling humidity at home. The first is using a dehumidifier, which extracts excess moisture from air. The second method entails using a humidifier, which increases humidity levels when there is low humidity. Lastly, the A/C can extract excess humidity from air by condensing water vapor.

We can help you deal with humidity problems in your home or office.

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Tips To Stay Cool In The Summer

Throughout much of America, summer temperatures can become quite warm. In an ideal world where money and the environment have no consequence, we would run our air conditioning units non-stop and enjoy the cool temperatures of our home without a second thought. However, money and the environment are of consequence. Finding ways to stay cool while minimizing our electric budgets and our impact on the environment can be difficult. However, following these summer cooling tips can help:

Do not allow your home’s interior to become extremely hot. Your air conditioning unit is only meant to cool your house down by about 20 degrees. This means if you allowed your house to get to 100 degrees, you can only expect your A/C to be able to cool it down to 80 degrees, even over a long period of time. Expecting your air conditioning unit to be able to perform in this way will cause it to need replaced soon and only add costs to your energy bills. Even if you are going on vacation, try to keep your thermostat set at a reasonable temperature.

Change the filter on your HVAC system at least once per quarter, or four times per year. This not only is healthier for your family, as they will be breathing cleaner air, but it will ensure that your HVAC system is not being overworked, causing your energy bills to increase.

House cooling tips would not be complete without mentioning home appliances. First, make sure there are no appliances such as lamps or televisions near your thermostat which could cause a falsely high reading, in turn making your air conditioner run unnecessarily. In addition, keep appliances that are not in use unplugged. Many appliances that are on, or even plugged in and not in use can add to your electric bill, and cause an increase in temperature of your home.

Finally, one of the best tips to stay cool in summer is to have a service agreement in place for your air conditioning unit. You should have it checked by a technician at least once per year, before the weather gets warmer. Regular tune ups will decrease untimely and costly breakdowns. Schedule an A/C maintenance inspection today to make sure your unit is running up to par. Additionally, follow these cooling tips for your home to increase your comfort while keeping your electric bill affordable.