ductless mini split maintenance northwest arkansasDuctless mini split systems provide effective heating and cooling, making it possible to provide air conditioning and heating to parts of your home that were previously unreachable. They can be a great alternative to installing a central unit with ducts, allowing you to provide conditioned air to just one or two rooms, or to rooms in your house that do not have ducts, such as new additions.

There are several advantages to installing and using ductless mini-split systems, compared to more traditional ducted systems, including that ductless systems:

  • Provide heating and cooling to areas that don’t have ducts or into which you don’t want to install ductwork, such as new additions.
  • Enable you to control the temperature to that specific area, independent of the rest of your home, as each area has its own thermostat.
  • Result in minimal disruption to your home, as their installation is relatively quick and easy.

Installing your ductless mini split system

When installing your ductless mini-split system, you or your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) technician will first choose a location for the outside condenser unit that contains the compressor. It needs a level surface located at least a foot away from your home’s exterior walls, and you ideally need to install a concrete pad on which it can stand.

When choosing an interior location, always follow manufacturer directions, which usually recommend you install the interior unit near the ceiling for optimal heating and cooling efficiency. Don’t forget to measure carefully before cutting a hole in your wall. The hole needs to be three inches or less in diameter, and should be cut using a hole saw or reciprocating saw.

Next it’s time to run the copper tubing and refrigerant lines from the condenser, through the hole in the interior wall, and to the unit. Additionally, you should install a line for your unit’s condensation on the interior side.

The mounting plate comes next. Attach it levelly and securely to the interior unit, for the least amount of noise.

Finally, ask your HVAC technician to make the mechanical connections to your ductless air-conditioning unit. And you should note that if you don’t have a licensed professional install your system, the manufacturer could void your warranty.

For more information on installing and maintaining ductless mini split systems in the Northwest Arkansas area, contact Paschal Heat, Air, Geothermal and Generators today. We’ve proudly served the northwest Arkansas area for more than 30 years.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Northwest Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about ductless mini split maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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