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Central Air Conditioning Vs. Ductless Mini-Split

No matter who you are and how new your home is, sooner or later, you’re going to have to invest in a new air conditioning unit.  At Air Plus, we know that this represents a huge cost for our customers and the last thing they want to do when faced with a system that has failed in 100 degree heat is to research, so this month we wanted to discuss what options there are out there if you have to buy a new system. What we’ve found over the years (well, decades) is that the majority of homeowners and business owners want reliability above all else in an HVAC system – a little maintenance each year in exchange for a long service life. The truth is, most any reputable system on the market will do that, even a window unit.  But, if you are looking at upgrading your current model due to the relative difficulty of finding refrigerant or maybe you’re updating an older home from a series of window air conditioners to a more modern and efficient one, here’s the two major contenders in the industry today – The Mini-Split (Often referred to as Ductless) and Central Air. So what is the Mini Split?  The Mini Split system uses a wall or ceiling mount to removing heat to the outside unit via piping instead of ducting.  What makes Ductless systems so useful is that they can be retrofitted into homes or buildings that never were originally built with air conditioning in mind.  Of course, there are plenty of other reasons that Mini Splits are gaining in popularity, and...

Spring Allergies Got You Down? Air Scrubber Plus to the Rescue

CLEANS Air Scrubber Plus® with ActivePure™technology, makes cleaning surfaces, mopping up offending odors, and reducing harmful airborne contaminants as simple as turning on your furnace, fan, or air conditioning system.   FRESHENS Why spray and scrub surfaces or disguise strong odors with toxic chemicals? Air Scrubber Plus® not only purifies the air in your home, it reduces strong odors by naturally mopping up the particles that keep those odors lingering.    PURIFIES Unlike air filters that are passive – Air Scrubber Plus® actively treats the air by continually sending out ActivePure scrubbers throughout your home to greatly reduce chemicals, dangerous contaminants, mold, odors, and pollutants in the air.    AIR SCRUBBER PLUS® REDUCES DANGEROUS AIRBORNE CONTAMINANTS The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental dangers. The quality of indoor air can be two – five times (and even up to 100 times) more polluted than the worst outside air. Air Scrubber Plus® with ActivePure™ technology reduces up to 99.9% of the harmful contaminants throughout your home. PROTECT YOUR HOME AND FAMILY Air Scrubber Plus® ensures that air ducts, tables, furniture, countertops, bathrooms, doorknobs, and practically every surface you touch is cleaner and safer for your family. It’s as simple as turning on your fan, furnace, or air conditioning system. Once installed, Air Scrubber Plus® goes to work right away by copying the power of nature outside to clean your home inside. As air passes through the unit, it is transformed by our unique technology. ActivePure™ scrubbers then travel through the ductwork into every corner of your home, effectively treating and purifying the entire house.   UNPARALLELED HEALTH...

R-22 Refrigerant Phase-out and How it Will Effect You

As experts in the world of heating and air conditioning, here at Air Plus, we keep a sharp lookout for trends in our business to make sure that we pass along critical information to you.  For the last two generations, California has had some of the toughest air quality laws and when it comes to the refrigerants that your air conditioning system uses, those laws are always being reviewed for the environmental impact that HVAC systems can have. After all, in the modern world, every building has these systems and how they perform and are maintained is a critical factor in what ends up in the air we breathe. One of the things we’ve watched over the years has been the studies on the commonly used refrigerant R-22.  Now, many of you may remember that R-12 was used for many years in car A/C systems until it was abandoned in the 1995 model year, and R-22 has been the staple of building A/C unit refrigerants for years.  Current legislation in the United States made it illegal to use or service any system with R-22 unless it was installed prior to 2010.  Newer systems use R-410A and nearly anything installed after 2010 should be using this coolant. The trouble rears its head when the time comes to recharge or fix a leak in an older system that uses R-22. R-22 costs a lot.  Since January of 2012, we’ve watched the price rise steadily in our market nearly 800%.  Currently, a pound of R-22 costs roughly $100 and the average air conditioner uses approximately 4 pounds per ton. Some quick math...

Prepare Your HVAC for Spring

With the spring season approaching, it is time for homeowners to prepare for the new season. Springtime is when homes are spruced up and cleaned, ready for the beautiful weather. As part of the spring, homeowners need to focus on their HVAC system. The unit needs to be prepared for summer, when the temperatures are at their hottest. Below are a few tips on what to do to prepare your cooling system during the spring months. Cleaning Up Landscaping To begin, you want to prepare the outdoor portion of your unit. Head outside and clean up around the outdoor unit. This can include removing debris such as sticks, leaves and dirt. Trim back any grass or bushes located near the unit so the system is not impacted by the greenery. Cleaning up helps the unit to be prepared to operate when the temperatures begin to rise. Preparing Indoors Once you have taken care of the outside portion of your unit, you are ready to head indoors. Begin by changing out your air filters. Filters need to be fresh for when the air conditioning system will be turned on and in full operation. Clean off any dust that may be located on the return to ensure the filter can work correctly. Take a walk around your home to inspect the registers associated with your air conditioning system. Make sure that registers are not covered and prepared to push cool air into the rooms of your home. Furniture needs to be moved, drapes pushed aside, etc. for the air to be able to reach each room. Schedule a Maintenance Check On...

Taking Care of Your HVAC System

An efficient and smooth running HVAC can do a lot to keep the right temperature in your home. This will increase the energy efficiency in your residence that can help you save money while it increases your home’s longevity and overall value. Hiring a licensed and certified professional to handle your HVAC installation in San Diego can save you so much of your time, not to mention that it reduces the complications of dealing with inexperienced service providers. Air duct cleaning You might not have realized this, but the air being circulated in your home or offices contain an enormous amount of dust and harmful particles, which unknowingly we are breathing. This is why it is crucial to get the air ducts cleaned now and then. Cleaning the air ducts helps in keeping the air fresh and healthy, results in lower power consumption and ensures your AC longer life. Attic insulation Having the correct levels of attic insulation in your home is indeed an important consideration when it comes to keeping your energy expenses down during the winter and the summer. If you do not have adequate attic insulation during these times, you will end up with huge energy bills. HVAC Repair Regular servicing of your HVAC system means that you do not have to worry about the system breaking down during the high demand days when it is worked to the max. If you have ever had your heating go out on the coldest day of the year or lost air conditioning during the dog days of summer, you know how miserable this can be. Ductwork The kind...

Top Four Benefits of the Ductless Mini-split Systems

Ductless mini-split systems have numerous benefits that could prove useful to homeowners. The following are some of the reasons you may want to consider this option over conventional systems. Cost One of the reasons people go for this type of air conditioner is because it is cost effective. The fact that it is ductless means that it does not require extensive ductwork throughout your home. It can prove to be useful and less expensive in renovation work or installation. With this system, it is not necessary to tear apart finished surfaces to install the ductless mini split system. A simple copper refrigerant line connects the unit to a condenser on the outside. Efficiency The fact that they are cost effective doesn’t mean that they are less efficient. Mini split systems have been shown to be more efficient. While traditional systems can lose up to 40% of their heating capacity, mini split systems loose only 5% of their heating potential. Thanks to their efficiency they need less electricity and therefore save energy costs.  The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) of the A/C is also significantly higher than traditional split systems. Low Profile The outdoor unit is typically much slimmer than the traditional condensing unit, by up to 19”.  This is good news for many San Diego homeowners with narrow walkways that may prevent installation of a unit due to city code setback requirements. Zoning There are two main types of mini split systems. The single and multi-split ductless system. Multi split air conditioners allow you to control zones within your home. It doesn’t make sense to heat up a room...