As winter approaches, the need for warmth and comfort becomes paramount. Ductless mini-split heat pump systems provide an efficient solution for both heating and cooling, ensuring year-round comfort, even in frigid temperatures. To help you optimize your mini-splits during the cold months ahead, our home comfort specialists have put together some valuable techniques.
If you don’t have a mini-split heat pump but you’re interested in a heating and cooling solution that harnesses clean energy and provides comfort year-round, contact us for a no-obligation consultation.
Optimize Temperature Settings
Mini-split indoor wall units have temperature sensors located near the ceiling where air is warmer. Adjust the temperature setting on the remote slightly higher than you would with a traditional thermostat to achieve your desired comfort level. Experiment with settings, considering clothing and personal comfort preferences.
Use Auto Feature for Daily Efficiency
Mini-splits have variable fan speeds that automatically and efficiently maintain consistent temperatures, whether you’re asleep or away. Simply set your preferred temperature, then select AUTO for the fan to direct warm air toward the floor.
Perform Regular Maintenance
Dust and debris can accumulate on filters and coils, reducing performance. Clean or replace filters as needed and schedule annual professional maintenance to keep your system well-maintained and extend its lifespan.
Maintain Indoor and Outdoor Units
Ensure adequate airflow by cleaning indoor unit filters monthly or as indicated by an alert light, and by keeping the outdoor unit clear of debris. If your unit isn’t mounted above normal snow levels, be sure to remove snow and ice after each storm to avoid blockages and potential freezing.
Harness the Sunlight
Maximize natural warmth by keeping curtains open during the day to let the sun in, and close them at night to retain heat.
Backup Heating Options
While mini-split heat pumps are effective primary heating systems, certain circumstances may necessitate the use of backup heating sources. Consider the following guidelines:
If your backup heating source runs on electricity or propane, use your mini-split as the primary heat source.
For oil-based backup heating, switch to your mini-split when outdoor temperatures exceed 25°F.
If you have a natural gas backup, continue using it as your primary heat source, as it may offer a more cost-effective solution based on current fuel prices.
Home Heating Installation, Service, Maintenance and Repair
With these techniques, you can fully maximize the comfort and savings provided by your mini-split heat pump system throughout the cold winter months. If you have questions about whether a mini-split is the best heating solution for your specific needs and circumstances, contact our home comfort specialists.
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