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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 to Prepare Your HVAC System for Summer

Summer is here, and that means increasing temperatures are ahead. Don’t get stuck without a functioning cooling system when the summertime temperatures rise! We’ve laid out, step-by-step, the most important things that all homeowners should do before cranking up the A/C this year.

It’s not wise to assume that you can just flip on your home’s A/C and forget it; you’ll definitely want to prepare your home’s cooling system before summer hits. Many emergency service calls are due to homeowners not taking the proper precautions necessary before relying so heavily on their air conditioner during the summertime months. This summer, be smart and follow these easy guidelines to ensure that your HVAC system will be operating in peak condition all season long.

San Jose HVAC

We offer convenient maintenance agreements so that you can take the guesswork out of keeping your HVAC system in excellent condition. Maintenance extends the life of your HVAC system, lowers your utility bills, and prevents warranties from being voided. With our maintenance agreement, you can also receive 10% discount on our repair services. Give us a call to learn more: 408-899-8878

When You Must Replace Your HVAC Heating And Air Conditioning Systems

491836769If you are considering HVAC system replacement for your home, there are certain things to consider. These heating and cooling systems have become almost indispensable items at every household today and we also know that they account for a good part of your utility bills.

The first thing you should ask yourself is why you want to replace and whether you really need a replacement. Some systems may last long, but over time, they become less efficient and consume a massive amount of energy. And a time may come when periodic repairs or annual servicing will not solve the problem. This is when you know that you need to go for a brand new unit.

There are several indicators for this. First of all, if you notice that your utility bill is consistently rising from one season to next even when the thermostat settings are kept constant, you know that there is something seriously wrong with your unit and a replacement is on the cards.

If your system is making loud, unusual noises, that is another indication that something serious is the issue with your system. Normally these noises occur when you are trying to reset your thermostat. But some systems may also experience occasional pinging sounds/noises which gradually become louder and more frequent. If this happens, contact a HVAC specialist and ask for advice and recommendations regarding the replacement.

As we have already mentioned, most HVAC systems come with a lifespan. More sophisticated systems will last a maximum of 15 years, but most units will give out inside 10 years. Running old and inefficient systems will not only result in higher utility bills, but may also contaminate the air within house and the household members and especially the children may suffer critically from this.

So, if your HVAC unit is experiencing any of these issues mentioned above, you know that it is high time for a replacement. Call an HVAC service and request for estimates and recommendations before you decide to invest your money on a particular model.

For more articles that will keep your heating and cooling systems running efficiently, follow our upcoming articles on this blog.

What Does The Air Handler Do For My HVAC System?

87508556There’s no question the importance that HVAC systems play in our day to day lives and that goes whether you’re talking about a house, a commercial building, or even a general building like a library or college. Being able to have the inside of your building warm when it is freezing out, or cool when it’s scorching hot, is part of what makes modern convenience possible. However not many people understand the most important parts of these critical systems. This brings up a common question: what exactly is an air handler?

Introducing Your HVAC System’s Handler
An air handler is involved in dealing with the indoor air inside your HVAC system. This is what takes air that would be freezing from the outside and warms it during the winter, or takes air and filters it to be cool in the summer. If you know about certain components or parts like the blower and the evaporator coil, both of these are parts of the air handler.

If you’ve ever wondered how the same system can warm or cool air, or keep the air within a structure at a much different temperature, humidity, and feel from the outside weather, then you’re looking squarely at the function of the handler. When this piece breaks or begins to run down, you’re going to notice it since it affects every other part of your system!

What Can You Do to Keep Your System Running Smooth?
Unless you’re a certified HVAC specialist who knows these systems inside and out, you’re going to need professional help if anything major breaks down. The best thing you can do is change the filters on a monthly basis to make sure the air is as clean as possible while going through the season and then call twice a year for regular maintenance. If you follow these steps, your system’s air handler will be happy and that will keep you happy!

In Conclusion
As you can see from this post, it’s important to understand the important role that a good air handler unit plays in the heating or cooling done by your HVAC system.