Ductless heating and cooling systems offer energy savings and comfort zoning for your Tallahassee, FL home. In order to make the most of your ductless HVAC equipment, you need to properly care for it. Read on to learn about what you can do to take care of the system between regular heating and cooling maintenance visits from our NATE-certified technicians.
Clean the Air Filters
Ductless heating and cooling systems are up to 30% more energy-efficient compared to ducted systems, explains the Department of Energy. In order to enjoy the greatest amount of energy savings, it’s important to clean each indoor unit’s air filter. Once each month, remove the filter and clean it according to the manufacturer’s specifications. If anyone in your household has allergies or if your household includes furry pets, consider cleaning the filter more frequently.
Give the Units Ample Clearance
Each indoor unit and the outdoor unit of the ductless HVAC equipment needs at least three feet of clearance for optimal airflow. Keep bookcases, shelves, curtains, furniture, and boxes away from the indoor units. Trim overgrown shrubs or tree branches so they’re away from the outdoor unit. Keep the lawn mowed and clear any debris that accumulates on or around the metal housing.
Clean the Outdoor Unit
Once each month, turn off the ductless HVAC equipment’s power so that you can clean the outdoor unit. Dust, dirt, bird droppings, and other debris can settle on the unit, inhibiting its ability to exchange heat with the outdoor air. Use your garden hose to rinse the metal housing. Set the hose nozzle to the lowest water pressure setting. If you see sticky buildup, such as tree sap, use a soft brush or microfiber cloth and biodegradable dish soap to clean it.
To learn more about properly caring for your ductless HVAC equipment, take a look at High Quality Heating and Air, Inc.’s heating and cooling maintenance services, or call us today for additional tips.