It’s that time of year again in Boston. Leaves are starting to change color, the weather is cooling down, and homeowners are switching on their heaters. Your ductless HVAC system has been working hard over the spring and summer to keep your home cool, and a little TLC can go a long way in helping your mini-split make the switch for the colder months. Here, we’re going to look at some maintenance you can perform to keep your heat pump running optimally along with some prep-work you should leave to the professionals.
Why is fall maintenance important for ductless HVAC systems?
Every Boston homeowner understands the importance of conducting a little maintenance throughout the year to keep their HVAC systems in tip-top shape, but only a small percentage of people actually follow through on it. To drive the point home, let’s take a look at a few advantages of keeping up with fall maintenance on your ductless mini-splits.
Cheaper energy bills
Ductless HVAC systems are more energy-efficient than their centralized counterparts. In other words, these heating and cooling alternatives consume less energy while keeping your home more comfortable. It’s a win-win! Conducting routine maintenance can maximize your mini-split’s energy efficiency so you save as much as possible on energy costs.
Avoid costly repairs
Major HVAC problems are usually the result of smaller issues that went unrecognized or untreated for long periods of time. The cost of repairing serious damage is usually higher than the price of fixing smaller problems in the first place. Homeowners can avoid these expensive repairs by performing some light inspection and maintenance to catch problems before they get out of hand.
Many Boston homeowners imagine a huge problem sealing the fate of their ductless HVAC systems. In most cases, it’s actually the daily wear and tear that eventually does in your mini-split. Although no heating and cooling system can last forever, performing routine maintenance – especially as fall and winter approaches – will help your ductless HVAC unit reach its maximum lifespan which is usually around 20 years.
How homeowners can prepare their HVAC systems for the fall.
Cleaning or changing filters.
Air filters are your best line of defense against air pollutants concentrated in your home. But when filters become too full of debris, they can damage your ductless system as it’s required to work harder to force air through. Simply clearing the collected debris off your unit’s filters can help keep things running optimally.
Dusting off indoor handlers.
Not all of the dust in your home gets trapped in the filter. Some of it actually collects on your indoor air handlers which can restrict their ability to heat air effectively. If you’ve neglected these units throughout the spring and summer, it’s time to bust out your most capable dust rag or vacuum.
Clearing outdoor debris.
Turning our attention outward, Boston homeowners can help their outdoor condensers avoid issues by clearing any debris that might have built up around the unit. Leaves, twigs, and other obstructions can restrict airflow and force your unit to work harder than it should.
What ductless experts can do for your mini-split.
There are several ways you can ensure your ductless HVAC system is running optimally for the fall, but there are many steps you should leave to the pros. Here are some things you can expect during a ductless HVAC inspection:
Checking for refrigerant leaks.
Refrigerant is an important chemical substance that makes it possible for ductless HVAC systems to heat and cool your home properly. During fall servicing, experts will check for refrigerant leaks to make sure the system has the resources it needs to run optimally during the cooler months.
Verifying refrigerant charge.
Without diving too deep into how refrigerant works in mini-splits, there needs to be a certain charge to keep the substance running smoothly throughout your system. Ductless professionals will verify the charge and make any adjustments if necessary.
Testing thermostat accuracy.
A fall maintenance check isn’t complete without ensuring thermostats are reading temperatures accurately and communicating that information effectively to your mini-split. When thermostats are out of whack, your system will either work overtime and drive up energy costs or underperform and leave your home uncomfortable. Avoid both with a hassle-free inspection.
Are you in need of ductless HVAC services in Boston or are you interested in learning more about this heating and cooling alternative? Regardless of your mini-split needs, the experts at New England Ductless are here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.