Making the Switch to Ductless Air Conditioning

Russell's Heating and Air ConditioningSpring is an excellent season to have a new air conditioning system installed for your home. If your current AC is more than 15 years old, it’s time to arrange for an air conditioning replacement in La Quinta, CA or the surrounding areas. It’s easy to have our professionals replace your current cooling system with a similar type—although the new system will probably have superior energy efficiency and more features. Fifteen years is a long time when it comes to advancing technology, and you’ll enjoy all-around better air conditioning with a new system.

However, you can also choose to have a different type of air conditioning system installed, such as a heat pump or a ductless mini split. We’re going to look at ductless air conditioning a bit closer today to see when it makes sense to switch from standard ducts to ductless.… Read more

Why Is My Ductless AC Wall Unit Sagging?

You may live in one of the many homes in Southern California that uses a ductless system for its air conditioning as well as its heating. These ductless mini splits are an excellent way to provide comfort without the need for space-eating ducts that collect dust and often lose air through leaks.

But ductless air conditioning systems can run into problems as well. If you notice that one of the indoor units—the air handlers—is sagging on the wall or looks like its crooked, you might imagine something’s wrong. And you’re probably correct.

Why this is may be happening

One possibility is a poor installation job. Did you try to install the system yourself, or allow an amateur to do it? If so, the air handler was probably mounted incorrectly so it wasn’t secured to the wall.… Read more

Tips on How to Install a Ductless System on Your Own (Spoilers: Don’t!)

Okay, we gave away a lot of the content of this post in the title. You see, we can’t give you any tips on how to handle putting in a ductless air conditioning and heating system yourself because this job ­must be left to air conditioning professionals.

But aren’t ductless mini splits easier to install than standard ACs and heat pumps?

Yes, they are. Ductless mini splits do not require the installation of a large indoor unit in a house that must be hooked into the electrical system and then connected to the ductwork. Instead, it requires mounting a series of smaller air handlers (the “mini” part of the name) on the walls of different parts of the house. This requires less work than putting in a conventional central air conditioning, and in general it’s a faster installation job.… Read more

How Does Ductless Air Conditioning Work?

You may have heard about something called ductless air conditioning before, a type of central air conditioning system that does not need a duct-based ventilation network to distribute air to the rooms in a house. Ductless ACs, also known as ductless mini splits, have been used in businesses such as restaurants and hotels for years. They are now popular in homes, particularly for new housing construction and historic buildings that lack the space for ventilation systems.

So how does central air conditioning work without ducts?

Think of a ductless AC as a cross between a window unit air conditioner and a conventional central air conditioner. Like a window unit, a ductless AC blows cooled air directly into a room from an individual unit that contains an evaporator coil and a fan.… Read more

3 Things You Need to Know About Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioning

What do you know about ductless mini split air conditioning? Anything? Something? In the age of information, there is no shortage of opinions and facts available to the web-savvy consumer, but the most important features of the ductless AC should not be overlooked. In today’s post, we look closely at 3 things you should definitely know about ductless systems so that you make sure you know what your options are in the event of a new installation. Call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning today for excellent air conditioning services throughout the San Bernardino area.

  1. Why it doesn’t need ducts. One of the first questions we hear from owners of central air systems is wonder at the thought of how a ductless system can cool without ducts.
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Should You Install Ductless Mini Splits for Your Home?

It’s already June, and the official start of summer is only two weeks away. The hot temperatures are going to grow even hotter… and you’ll be glad that you have an effective air conditioning system to cool down your house during the next few months.

If you’re thinking that perhaps you should have your old AC taken out and a new one put in, then you have some different choices to consider, such as special high efficiency systems. One of the options is a ductless mini split, a system that works through a series of wall-mounted air handlers that send cooled air directly into the rooms.

Below are some situations in which going with a ductless system installation is a particularly good idea:

You don’t have a central AC/or heating system

Have you been using window air conditioning units to cool down your house?… Read more

Is a Ductless System Worth Installing?

Russell's Heating and Air ConditioningIf you look at images of homes in Europe, you might notice that ductless heating and cooling systems are everywhere. You can tell a ductless system by the appearance of small unit place high up on a wall, looking something like a small window air conditioner, except it doesn’t extend through the back of the wall to the outside. (You see a picture at the top of this post.) This is the air handler of a ductless mini split—the “mini” part. A ductless system works through a network of these air handlers placed in different rooms, each of which connects to a single outdoor unit similar to the one found in split system air conditioners and heat pumps.

Ductless mini split heat pumps are becoming more popular in the U.S.… Read more

Ductless Mini Splits Mean Automatic Zone Heating and Cooling

Russell's Heating and Air ConditioningCentral heating and air is one of the best of all modern home conveniences. And it’s also one that we often take for granted, so much so that we infrequently notice one of the basic drawbacks of the standard central AC and heater: a homeowner doesn’t have much control over where the heated and cooled air actually goes.

If you’re thinking, “Wait a minute, yes I do! The air goes to the rooms hooked up to the ducts?” That’s true. But can you control which rooms are receiving the conditioned air? If nobody is currently spending any time in the upstairs bedrooms on a hot day, can you shut off the cooled air from being sent to them?

If the answer is no, then you don’t have the level of control that you think you have over comfort levels in your house.… Read more

2 Ways in Which Ductless Air Conditioning Can Benefit You

Centralized air conditioning has long been the most popular method in this country for cooling a home. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s always the best option. Central air loses a lot of its output in transit from the system to its destination. In fact, the US Department of Energy has estimated that an average centralized forced-air system loses as much as 30% of its output to leaks in the ductwork.

On top of that, a central air conditioner is often linked to a single thermostat. That makes it ill-equipped to serve an entire house, many parts of which may warm up or cool off faster than the area in which the thermostat is installed. Fortunately, there are other options for those who want greater energy efficiency and control over their air conditioning.… Read more