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What We Wish Everyone Knew About Heaters

Monday, October 1st, 2018

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The fall season is here, but summer is still here for at least another month. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking about your heater. It’s been at least half a year since you last turned it on, after all—you want to make sure everything’s working.

We thought of the most commonly asked questions about heating—as well as some questions we wish were asked—and came up with some general tips that we think everyone should know about.

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Alternative Forms of HVAC Systems You Should Consider

Monday, February 19th, 2018

ductless-mini-splitWe live in a part of the country with long, hot summers and very short winters. Household comfort is a vital part of life here, especially as winter turns to spring and the temperatures begin rising again. Most homes in the area rely on traditional heating and air conditioning systems: usually centralized systems that heat or cool the air in a single location, then blow it through the home with a series of ducts.

The system worse quite well, but it’s not the only kind of HVAC system out there. Depending upon the needs of your home, another one might be able to do the job much more effectively. Now is an excellent time to consider replacing an old HVAC system, when the weather is mild and you can go without it in the time it takes to install one. You may want to consider an alternative model like the ones detailed below.

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The Advantages of Ductless Mini-Split Systems

Monday, July 10th, 2017

ductless-mini-splitSummers are too hot and humid in our part of the world to go without proper air conditioning in your home, and while most homes are accustomed to traditional centralized air conditioning systems, they’re not the only type of system out there. Ductless mini-split systems provide a viable alternative for homes that can support a centralized system, or homes whose older centralized system just isn’t doing the job. What are ductless mini-split systems and what kind of advantages do they provide? Read on for the answers.

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Should I Consider a Ductless Mini-Split System?

Monday, August 1st, 2016

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system, we know that you have to move quickly. The heat here in Walker, LA is brutal this time of year, and a replacement air conditioner may be your top priority. Depending upon your home, you might want to consider a ductless mini-split system in lieu of a traditional centralized air conditioning system. Why? There are a number of good reasons, though as always, the final decision is yours. Here’s a few facts to help you out.

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When Should I Consider a Ductless Mini Split System?

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

Here in Hammond, LA, most of us rely on forced-air furnaces and air conditioners, which utilize a centralized format. In other words, they generate their hot or cool air in a single place, then blow it through your whole house with a series of ducts. It’s a very efficient method and it makes a lot of sense in places with mild winters like ours. But in some cases, you might want to think about another option: a ductless mini-split system. This divides your home into individual sections – usually by room though not always – and provides a single heat/cooling unit to work for that section. It costs more to install, but provides a number of benefits, which can influence your decision to have a set put in. When should you consider a ductless mini-split system? Here’s a few pointers to help make that decision.

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Are Ductless Mini-Split Systems Right for Me?

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Here in Hammond, LA, we have a large number of different types of homes, each with a different type of air conditioning need. In some cases, a ductless mini-split system may be right for you. These units divide your home into individual sections, each one cooled by its own separate air conditioning unit. The system allows you to adjust the temperature in each room separately, or even turn off the air in rooms that no one is using. Ductless mini-split systems aren’t right for every household, but here’s a few quick guides to see if they fit your specific needs.

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Is a Ductless Mini-Split a Good Option for Heating?

Friday, October 24th, 2014

That depends entirely on what you’re looking for. Ductless mini-split systems have a few pretty good advantages over more traditional systems, but they also aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Read on to find out if a ductless mini-split is right for you.

Distinguishing Features

Unlike a lot of other heating systems, ductless mini-splits are installed on an outer wall. The outside part of the unit absorbs thermal energy from the surrounding air, while the inside unit circulates warm air into the room. Essentially, ductless mini-splits are heat pumps. The difference between them and other heat pumps is their lack of ductwork to distribute air. A ductless unit will only heat the room that it is currently installed in.

Advantages

The first advantage you should know about ductless mini-splits is that they are remarkably energy efficient. The unit only has to heat one room, so it doesn’t have to waste a great deal of energy heating up the rest of the house before reaching the target temperature. This can save a lot of money on heating bills.

By eschewing ducts, the ductless system also avoids losing any of its heat in transit from the unit to the room. Duct systems lose between 20 and 30% of their heat on average to duct leaks, so avoiding that issue is a significant advantage.

If you’re using multiple ductless systems in your house, you will have the unique ability to set different temperatures for each room. Each ductless mini-split is operated by its own thermostat, allowing each member of your house to set a temperature for their room that is most comfortable for them.

Disadvantages

The biggest strength of ductless systems is also their greatest weakness: you can only heat one room at a time per unit. If you have a smaller space you want heated, or you plan on using multiple units, this isn’t really a problem. For larger houses, though, it’s something you should consider.

Ductless systems also tend to be very prominent, needing a lot of wall space for installation. Some may find this an eyesore.

If you’re looking for someone to install a ductless mini-split system for you, call A–Professional Heating and Air Conditioning. We install heating systems throughout Ponchatoula, LA.

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Why Consider Ductless for Your Next AC Installation

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

If you are considering new air conditioning installation this fall to prepare for summer, you have more options than you once did. Over the last decade, ductless mini splits have made the transition from the commercial world (they’re popular in restaurants and hotels) into the residential world. Ductless systems have some important advantages that may tilt your choice for air conditioning installation in Hammond, NJ in their favor.

You will need advice from air conditioning professionals to make the best choice for your new AC. Call A–Professional Heating and Air Conditioning and speak to our comfort specialists about the options available for cooling your home this summer.

Why ductless may be the way to go

A ductless mini split heat pump works the same way that standard heat pumps do: using the circulation of refrigerant between indoor and outdoor units to move heat from one place to another. The difference with a ductless mini split is that instead of a single indoor unit connected to a ventilation system, they use multiple smaller blower units mounted in various rooms. Each blower has its own coil, and connects through the back of the wall to the outdoor unit.

Here’s how this system can benefit you:

  • No ducts! This sounds obvious, but consider the sort of problems that ducts can cause your air conditioning. Ductwork gather dirt, dust, and even less pleasant contaminants, which then blow out into your home, lowering the air quality and dirtying the space. Dirt also impedes airflow and makes the system strain harder. You need to schedule regular cleaning to make sure the ducts remain dirt-free. Any breaks in the ductwork require repairs or else the AC will lose air pressure. Ductless systems have none of these issues.
  • Zone control saves money! The individual blowers of a ductless system allow you to control the temperature in rooms separate from each other. You no longer have to cool down the whole house when you turn on the AC, only the places that require it. You’ll see a drop in your power bills when you only need to keep the air conditioning running in the spots of the house that need it.
  • Heating and cooling! Although we’ve focused specifically on cooling down your home in this post (summer is coming up, after all), a ductless mini split heat pump has the same advantage that all heat pumps have: they work as air conditioners and heaters. Their heating power is far more efficient than that of fuel-burning systems like furnaces and boilers—another way you’ll save money.

Ductless mini splits are not the ideal comfort solution for all homes. If you already have ducts in your house, you may consider installing a standard heat pump. However, for new construction projects and add-on rooms, ductless systems are great options.

Call A–Professional Heating and Air Conditioning to schedule an appointment regarding your new air conditioning installation in Hammond, LA. Ductless or not, we’ll make sure you end up with the right cooling for the summer.

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