Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Ductless Mini Split Systems’

The Biggest Advantage of Ductless Split Systems

Monday, July 20th, 2015

We’ve had a number of posts about the installation and maintenance of ductless split systems over the past couple of months. We’ve also outlined some of the advantages of installing a ductless split system over a central air conditioner. What we haven’t really done, though, is gone through the biggest advantage of ductless split systems in detail. That advantage is the ability to serve as both a heating and air conditioning system. Let’s take a look at how a ductless split system can accomplish this.

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Signs That Your Ductless System Needs Repairs

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Ductless mini split systems are a great way to both heat and cool your home. Just like all other systems, however, they will occasionally develop issues that require professional repair. It is very important that you learn to recognize when these problems develop, so that you can have them repaired as soon as possible. With that in mind, take a look at these signs that your ductless system need repairs.

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What Are the Benefits of Ductless Mini Split Systems?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Ducts used to be a necessary part of any air conditioning and forced-air heating system. But the invention of the ductless mini split changed that. At first popular in businesses such as restaurants and bars, the ductless mini split eventually entered residential use, and more and more homes are taking advantage of the benefits they offer.

If you are interested in ductless heating and cooling for your home, call up Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. We have more than a century of helping homes stay comfortable in Skokie, IL, and ductless mini split system installation is one of the many jobs we handle. Our technicians will be glad to answer any questions you may have and schedule whatever services you require.

Some of the advantages of a ductless mini split

  • Heating and cooling: Because ductless mini splits are heat pumps, they offer the same dual-function benefit of working as either a heater or an air conditioner.
  • Better energy efficiency: Ductwork is a source of energy loss in an HVAC system. During hot weather, heat enters the ducts and raises the temperature of the cooled air; during cold weather, heat escapes from the heated air through the ducts. A ductless mini split gets rid of this major source of energy loss by eliminating ducts entirely.
  • Improved indoor air quality: Along with permitting energy loss, ductwork also contributes to a drop in indoor air quality because it is a source of dust and dirt contamination. Without any ducts to collect particles that will get blown into the air, a ductless mini split will help you improve your home’s indoor air quality. This is especially helpful if you have people with allergy and asthma living in your home.
  • Space-saving: Ductless mini splits are great choices for new home construction and remodeling since they remove the need to put in large ductwork into the walls and ceilings. Not only will you have more space, but you’ll also have greater freedom to design the house or room you want.

A ductless mini split isn’t always the right choice for a home, and so you should consult with professional installers before making any firm decision about your home’s heating or cooling. Our team at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning will be glad to assist you with a ductless mini split system in Skokie, IL and the surrounding areas, and we will help you decide if installing one is your best option. Give us a call today.

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How Are Ductless Mini Splits Installed?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

A ductless mini split works similar to a standard heat pump: refrigerant cycles between an indoor and an outdoor unit, absorbing heat from one location and then releasing it in another in order to warm or cool the indoors. The difference between the two systems is that a mini split system uses multiple indoor air handlers instead of a single larger unit connected to ductwork. The individual air handlers contain blowers and refrigerant coils and send out conditioned air directly into the rooms.

Although these air handlers are miniature compared to the indoor components of a standard heat pump, ductless mini splits still require professionals to install. If you want fast and effective ductless mini split installation in Winnetka, IL or other parts of Chicagoland, call on the team with more than a century of experience of delivering home comfort: Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning.

What Happens During Ductless Mini Split Installation

When technicians install a ductless mini split heat pump for a home, they first determine the best location for the outdoor unit and which rooms will have separate air handlers. After figuring out this general layout, the installers will place and secure the outdoor unit; this part of the installation process is similar to how a standard heat pump or air conditioner is installed.

The next step is to put in the air handlers. The technicians will find wall locations in the rooms that are strong and not subject to excess vibration. They then drill outlet ports through the wall so the air handler can access the outdoor unit of the heat pump. Next, a mounting plate goes onto the wall. The technicians make sure the plate is secure and can handle the weight of the air handler while leaving no space behind where condensate leaking might damage and weaken building material. (This is one of the major dangers of amateur installation: wall damage that might cause the air handler to rip away and fall.)

After the mounting plate is in place, the installers connect the power cable, refrigerant piping, and drain hose through the outlet ports. The air handler now goes into place, connecting to each of the lines first before it is secured tightly onto the mounting plate.

Once all the components are set up, the installers put refrigerant into the system and test the electrical connections. You should have a fully working new ductless mini split after this.

We Can Install Your Ductless Mini Split System

At Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning, we have experience installing all types of heaters and ACs. We can help you decide if your home will benefit from ductless heating and cooling, and then handle all the steps so you have a new system working for you in no time. Depend on us for ductless mini split installation in Winnetka, IL. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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Why Consider a Ductless Mini Split Installation

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Ductwork seems like it’s an essential component for a central forced-air heating and cooling system. Unless you only plan to cool down a single room using a window air conditioning unit, you need ductwork to carry the conditioned air through a home and into the various rooms.

However, this isn’t true: there are central heating and cooling systems that operate through forced air but do not need any ductwork at all. They are called ductless mini split heat pumps, and for some households they are an ideal year-round comfort solution. A ductless system combines the power and reach of a central system with the point heating and cooling of a window unit.

To find out more details about installing ductless mini split systems in Morton Grove, IL, call Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. We have helped keep Chicagoland comfortable for more than a century.

Reasons to Consider Ductless Mini Split Heat Pumps

The first reason that ductless mini split systems are a good idea to consider is that they are heat pumps, which offer both heating and cooling. You have all your comfort packaged into one system.

The second reason is that eliminating the ductwork in a home means you will have a more energy-efficient HVAC system. Ducts permit an amount of energy loss along their length that reduces the efficiency of the heater and air conditioner hooked up to them. Ductless mini splits send their conditioned air directly into rooms through individual blower units set up in the rooms throughout the house, each of which hooks up to the outdoor unit. With the air coming straight from the blower and into your living room, there’s very little room for energy loss.

Removing the ducts also removes a source of air contamination. Ductwork will develop dust, dirt, dander, pollen, and various other pollutants over time, and unless you have regular professional duct cleaning these pollutants will enter the air you breathe. Going ductless will help improve your indoor air quality. It will make a major difference if you have people in your household with allergies or asthma.

Finally, you should consider going ductless if you are planning new home construction or major renovation. Without needing to plan for air ducts, you will have much greater freedom when it comes to design, and you will also have more space available.

As with any home comfort system, a ductless mini split is not ideal for every home: if you already have existing ducts in your house, you should probably choose a standard forced-air heat pump that can hook up to these ducts. But for older home without room for ducts, or for new construction project, looking into ductless mini split systems in Morton Grove, IL is a fantastic alternative to standard ducted systems. Call Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning today and let us help you locate the best option for your home.

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