Ductless mini-split heat pump and air conditioning systems make excellent retrofit and add-ons to houses and businesses with “non-ducted” heating systems. The best ductless mini-split systems have hydronic (water boiler heating) and radiant floor and panel heating. Quality Heating offers ductless mini-splits as an alternative to traditional heating and cooling systems when home additions and remodeling projects make the extension or installation of traditional HVAC air ducts impossible or unduly costly.
The energy-efficient choice
Mini-splits have no ducts, making them extremely energy-efficient. The beauty of ductless mini-splits lies in their ease of installation and cost-efficiency. Duct losses can account for more than 30% of energy consumption, especially if the ducts run through unconditioned spaces, such as attics. Ductless mini-split systems completely eliminate the losses associated with the ductwork of central forced air systems, eliminating high maintenance costs.
How do ductless mini-splits work?
Ductless mini-splits work by having an outdoor and indoor unit, much like traditional heating and cooling systems. Unlike the traditional systems, though, they require only a three-inch hole in the wall for installation, and each room is separately controlled by a mini-split. This makes them more cost-effective than traditional heating and cooling systems, as rooms can be adjusted according to personal preference or how often they are used.
Maintenance and repair
At Quality Heating, we know that it’s not always necessary to replace your ductless mini-split system. We provide the best quality service and repair to your system by offering preventative maintenance to all customers in southeast Wisconsin. Our services will lengthen the life of your ductless mini-splits and prevent costly breakdowns.
Quick tips for maintaining mini-splits
Just like with HVAC systems, regular maintenance and upkeep is required for your mini-split system to function at its best. Below are some tips which can help to ensure a long and productive life for your mini-split heating and cooling system:
- Clear debris. The outdoor components of your mini-split condenser should be clear of sticks, leaves, garbage or other debris capable of fitting through the protective grille. Most mini-split condenser fan blades are made of plastic and can easily be broken by items capable of fitting through the grille. Owners should also make an effort to keep grass clippings from blowing towards the vents while mowing the lawn. Make sure no plants or weeds can grow up around or into the mini-split condenser as well.
- Clean inside the condenser. Another important measure is spraying out the inside of your mini-split condenser at least once a year. This washes away any buildup of dirt or grime, removing any debris which moved into the mini-split condenser housing. Many mini-split owners remove the top cover when spraying to ensure the housing is cleaned out. Let the condenser unit dry out for around 24 hours.
- Check the lines and piping. Remember to check the lines and copper piping inside and outside your mini-split condenser housing for any oily residues or rust. Refrigerant leaks leave an oily residue and giving your unit a quick once-over saves you hundreds in potential mini-split repairs. Also make sure the unit is level, as an uneven condenser can cause many operating issues.
- Contact Quality Heating for professional help. While the maintenance tips listed above improve the operational lifespan and durability of mini split systems, you may encounter issues requiring professional maintenance or repair. If your ductless mini-split system isn’t operating correctly or if you have refrigerant leaking from the piping, call the heating and cooling experts at Quality Heating.
Choose quality Milwaukee service
If your ductless mini-split system needs service, call the professionals at Quality Heating. We’ll discuss your problems, give you a free quote, and set up a time to inspect the issue. Our family-owned business has been proud to serve southeast Wisconsin since 1961, becoming a leader in local heating and cooling. Experience our top-notch customer service by contacting us today, using the online contact form or calling us at (262) 786-4450. Our emergency services are available 24-7.