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How to Get the Most Out of Your Ductless System This Summer

Ductless mini splits are a great option for residents of Chicago. Perfect for our mild climate, ductless systems provide year-round comfort without the use of bulky ducts. Rather than using ductwork, ductless systems rely on multiple air handlers placed throughout the home, which are all connected to an outside unit. This outside unit is not only smaller than a traditional central AC outdoor unit, in many cases it’s also quieter. But how do you get the most out of this flexible, space-saving appliance?


This is perhaps the most important thing you can do to prepare your ductless system for the summer. During your maintenance appointment, your HVAC technician will conduct a full system inspection, thoroughly clean each component, and recommend repairs. It’s important to take care of these repairs as soon as possible to potentially avoid costlier emergency repairs later on down the road.

Thermal Envelope

Not many homeowners are familiar with this term, but it refers to everything about your home that that guards your entire living space from the outdoors. This includes your walls, roof, insulation, windows, and weather stripping and caulking. If heat is escaping into your home, then your ductless system has to work harder, meaning that it is not working efficiently and you are not getting the most you can out of it.

Weather Protection

There’s a reason Chicago is called the windy city. Okay, so it doesn’t actually get the nickname due to the high winds, but it fits just the same! The outdoor unit of your ductless system needs to be protected from the elements year-round. Whether it’s heavy rain, damaging winds, or snow, damage can occur. Be sure also that your outdoor unit is clear of leaves, plants, and any other debris that may be obstructing airflow.

For ductless mini split services in Chicago, IL, contact Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning today!

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