Understanding the Mini Split Basics
Before you learn about mini-split system efficiency, it helps to understand the basics of how these systems work. Mini split heating and cooling utilize energy transfer, pulling air in and over evaporator coils to cool a home and pulling air through the outdoor compressor for heating. The transfer of energy and air without ductwork is highly efficient, but there are ways to make it work even more efficiently.
For HVAC solutions like mini splits and more, call the professionals at Earl’s Air Conditioning. Our Coachella Valley heating and air conditioning experts are here to help you stay comfortable all year round.
HVAC Efficiency Tips from Earl’s Air Conditioning
Whether you have had a mini-split system in previous homes or not, you may be surprised to know that the best ways to run your mini-split are not the same as how you should efficiently run your central HVAC system. Learning how to get the most out of your HVAC system is easy when you follow the following rules of thumb.
- Run your mini-split continuously. Although central HVAC systems cycle on and off, mini-split systems do best when run consistently, even running through the night. Run your mini split continuously within a limited range of temperature fluctuation, rather than turning it on and off and needing a big temperature change.
- Airflow direction. You can adjust your mini-split handlers according to how you want the air to flow. Direct cooled air upward because cold air sinks and warm air should flow down because heat rises. These airflow directional adjustments will help the system cool and heat more efficiently.
- Prepare for extremes. If you live in a climate with hot and cold extremes, as we have here in the Coachella Valley, it is best to reduce the strain on your mini-split by having backup options. From ceiling fans to standing fans, space heaters to portable AC, your mini split won’t have to work as hard when the temps hit extremes.
- Home energy efficiency. Your mini-split efficiency can be affected by your home’s overall hot and cold tolerance. When you want to get the most out of your mini split, check that your home has sufficient insulation in the walls, ceiling, attic, and crawl spaces. Makes sure your home has updated windows (double-paned is best) and doors with adequate weather stripping.
- Close the shades. During the hottest days, even window curtains or blinds can make a difference. Radiant heat comes in via the sun shining through your windows, so keeping blinds and shades closed helps prevent heat from coming in. When the weather turns cold, keep shades open so the sun can help heat your home.
Mini Split Installation, Maintenance, and Repairs
One way to make sure your mini-split system is running at its best is to perform routine maintenance and repairs. The Coachella Valley HVAC professionals at Earl’s Air Conditioning provide installation for new mini-split systems as well as maintenance and repairs to existing mini-split and HVAC. We can help you ensure your system runs at its best while also preventing costly repairs.
Keep comfortable all year with help from the experts at Earl’s AC. Call our Coachella Valley mini split technicians today to schedule a check-up!