Think about how hard your air conditioner has to work during the hottest days of summer to keep your home cool. The harder it works, the higher your utility bills and nobody likes that. See below to find out a few ways to keep cool while keeping your wallet full this summer:
Keep it in the Shade: the air in a shady space is cooler than the air in direct sunlight which means that your ac unit will have a much easier time cooling shady air.
Keep your Thermostat away from Light: if you place your thermostat near lamps, televisions or other heat-producing sources, it will sense the heat and cause your air conditioner to run longer.
Touch the Dial to Save: remember that each degree cooler will increase your costs by around 8%. Turn it up when you leave home or when you go to sleep.
Mini-Splits | Better Air Conditioning for Older Minnesota Homes
As you drive down the treelined streets of Minneapolis/St. Paul, do you ever stop and wonder how people living in those older houses stay cool?
There are a number of options but the smartest way today to cool your older Minnesota home is with a ductless Mini-Split. Many of the homes built in the Linden Hills Neighborhood of Minneapolis or Highland Park area of St. Paul were constructed a hundred years ago, before air conditioning or air ducts. There were a number of ineffective ways people used to stay cool, fast forward to modern times, and most people that live in these homes have two methods for staying cool during a humid Minnesota summer.
A window AC unit that keeps a room cool.
Remove drywall and have air ducts installed.
A Ductless Mini-Split is a home cooling solution that’s grown in popularity over the last few years because of the size, energy efficiency, and because you do have to rip out the drywall. Mini-Split heat pumps were first introduced to the U.S. about 35 years ago from Japan, only growing in popularity over the last few years due to technological improvements in energy efficiency.
What is a Ductless Mini Split System?
Just like central air conditioning systems, mini splits are made up of an outdoor condenser and an indoor air-handling unit. The two components are linked by a conduit, which houses the power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and condensate drain.
A ductless mini-split system does not need air ducts to operate. A traditional air conditioner will distribute air throughout the home from a single unit that can service a single room or area, with each unit using a separate fan and evaporator coil.
Benefits of Ductless Mini-Splits in Your Home
Takes up little space in the home
Zoned temperature control
AC Comfort Without the Construction
If you don’t have a lot of space to work with, and large ducts just aren’t feasible a mini split system is a perfect solution. Some models have as many as four indoor air handling units that can cool up to four zones. Each zone has its own thermostat so you can control the areas of the house that are being occupied. As a result, you’ll start to see lower energy bills and a decrease in energy consumption.
Additionally, there are fewer energy losses due to the fact there are no ducts. Duct loss can account for more than 30% of energy consumption for space air conditioning, especially if they are located in the attic.
Want to learn more about ductless mini-splits and cooling an older Twin Cities home? Contact us at Dean’s Home Services!
Want to reduce energy costs and cut down on air conditioner repair bills this summer? The first step is to make sure your cooling unit is clean and properly maintained. Otherwise, you and your wallet will be burning up with the summer heat.
Step 1: Inspect the outside of your AC unit. Look for debris such as dirt, leaves and sticks and remove anything by hand that cannot be removed with your garden hose.
Step 2: Clean the unit with a garden hose. Apply moderate pressure to the air conditioning unit making sure all surface areas are clean.
Step 3: Once you are done spraying, make sure there is no debris surrounding or beneath the unit.
Air conditioners do much more than simply cool the air inside your home. While we rely on them for comfort during the summertime, they also work to remove dangerous particles from the air so we can breathe easier indoors. See below to find out how air conditioners can help improve air quality:
Contributors To Poor Indoor Air Quality
Did you know that harmful airborne pollutants like mold and mildew thrive in warm, moist environments? As a result, it’s vital to keep your home cool and dry, especially during the summer months. Mold and mildew can leave an unpleasant scent lingering in the air and breathing in particles can cause respiratory problems and make allergy symptoms worse.
How Air Conditioners Can Help
If you haven’t cleaned your air conditioner’s filter or haven’t had a system tune-up in a while, chances are it’s not removing moisture as efficiently as it should be. Cooling systems must be kept clean, and this includes the condenser coils, in order to improve the quality of the air inside your home. This where we come in!
Summertime brings with it more than just sunshine. There’s a sharp increase in pollen and air pollution and we can’t forget about unbearable heat and humidity. As a result, our air conditioning systems have to work hard to keep us comfortable and cool.
Here are a few questions about air conditioning we get asked pretty frequently – maybe you have the same concerns:
Q: Why should I be worried about my air indoors, I thought pollution was outside.
A: The efficient, airtight homes we live in today are excellent at conserving energy, but that also makes them better at trapping potentially irritating particles inside your home. If you suffer from allergies and/or asthma, indoor air quality has become more important to our general health and well-being.
Q: Is a large air-conditioner better than a smaller unit?
A: Not necessarily. A larger air conditioner will always use more electricity as well as cost more to install and upkeep. The consideration should be finding the proper size air-conditioning unit that will provide the efficient energy use and the most comfort. Call Dean’s, we can help you make that determination.
Q: Does Dean’s Professional Plumbing carry anything to help control the humidity in my house?
A: Yes, humidity can be a problem in any home. The best way to control excessive humidity is to have a system installed that runs to control the humidity with your home. We carry humidification and dehumidification systems to keep the indoor air at a comfortable level. Check out our Air-Conditioning page for more information.
Dean’s Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drains is Minnesota’s premier Plumbing company, priding itself with over 35 years of combined industry experience, Dean’s plumbing and heating specialists have the knowledge you need to handle all of your service needs. Give us a call today to speak with our air conditioning experts!
When you’re looking for air conditioning service, installation and repairs in the Minneapolis and St. Paul Metro area, there’s only one company to call. Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drains is locally owned and operated and has over 35 years of combined industry experience. Best of all, we are familiar all makes and models and there’s no job too large or too small!
We can handle central air conditioning services, ductless air conditioning, Indoor Air purification, whole house filter systems, humidification, dehumidification, and much more.
All of our work is backed up by an A+ Better Business Bureau Rating, as well as our many fantastic reviews from satisfied customers. So when you need air conditioning service, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
Dean's Home Services
7400 Kirkwood Court North, Maple Grove, MN 55369