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No Ducts, No Problem: Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners are an Option

If your part of your home or business does not have existing ductwork, it does not mean that you don’t have any options as far as having an air conditioning system installed. Ductless mini-split air conditioners can be used in a number of applications, including additions where extending or installing ductwork for a central air conditioner system is not feasible.

A mini split is made up of two main components. It has an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit. The indoor and outdoor units are joined by a conduit, and it houses the power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and a condensate drain.

Advantages of Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners

 

Size and Flexibility

Ductless mini-split air conditioners are small and flexible. If you are looking at cooling a section or an addition to your home, some models have up to four indoor air handling units for four rooms or spaces connected to a single outdoor unit. The number depends on how much cooling is needed for each zone or the building. Each zone can be controlled with a separate thermostat, which means you only need to turn on the air conditioner for the space when it is occupied. This will save you time and money.

Ease of Installation

This type of air conditioner can be easier to install since the hook-up between the indoor and outdoor units generally only needs a three-inch hole through a wall for the conduit. Most manufacturers can provide connecting conduits of varying lengths. If necessary, you can place the outdoor unit at the back of the home or building while keeping rooms at the front cool.

Energy Efficient

Mini split air conditioners do not produce the types of energy losses associated with forced air central systems. Losses through ductwork can be responsible for up to 30 percent of energy consumption, especially if the ducts are in an unconditioned space like an attic.

Multiple Interior Design Options

The indoor air handlers can be mounted onto a wall, mounted flush into a dropped ceiling or suspended from a ceiling to work with any decor. They have a sleek and modern appearance, and many of them come with a remote control to turn the system on and off with the push of a button.

To find out more about ductless mini-split air conditioners, call Air Depot at 281-477-3700. We would be happy to discuss this option with you.

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Bryant Indoor Air Quality Products Make your Home Cleaner and Healthier

The indoor air quality of your home matters, and now that you will be spending more time inside your house you’ll want to make sure that it is as clean as possible. If you or someone in your household suffers from asthma or allergies to dust, pet dander or other irritants, you’ll want to be especially vigilant about keeping your home clean. Bryant indoor air quality products can help to protect your family from the effects of invisible irritants such as mold, bacteria, viruses and pollen, as well as the irritants mentioned previously.

The product line includes air cleaners to bring better air into your home and air purifiers to eliminate up to 99 percent of the pollutants in your indoor environment. Ultraviolet UV lights reduce mold and bacterial growth on your system’s internal coil and ventilators are used to bring fresh air into your interior space.

Bryant Indoor Air Quality Products

  • Air Cleaners

Bryant’s line of air cleaners patented Captures and Kills ™ technology work silently to protect you and your family from viruses such as the common cold, influenza and Streptococcus.

  • Air Purifiers

Air purifiers also has the patented Captures and Kills ™ technology and can clean up to 100 times more air than a portable unit. Indoor air is re-purified up to eight times per hour. These units kill or inactivate up to 99 percent of germs, mold and pollen captured, as well as protects your equipment.

  • Ultraviolet UV Lights

Bryant’s UV lamp attacks and eliminates bacteria and mold that can accumulate in moist heating and cooling systems. From there, particles can circulate throughout your home. Installing one makes your home more comfortable and improves the interior air quality to make the environment a healthier one for family and friends.

  • Ventilators

Would you like to be able to bring fresh air into your home without having to open the windows? A Bryant Upflow Energy Recovery Ventilator helps to transfer indoor heating or cooling energy to the incoming air so that you can get fresh air at any time. It’s a much better solution for your family than opening a window and watching your energy dollars fly right out!

To find out more about Bryant indoor air quality products or find out more about our air conditioning and heating service, contact Air Depot at 281-477-3700.

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3 Reasons Why Fall is the Perfect Time to Buy a Central Air Conditioning System

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Summer is over and the Holiday Season has not yet begun. If you know that your existing Cypress air conditioner had a hard time meeting the demands of your household through the summer and it’s time to buy a new system, fall is the perfect time to buy a central air conditioning system. Here are some reasons to consider:

Reasons to Buy a Central Air Conditioning System in the Fall

1. Pricing is Better at this Time of Year

Demand for air conditioners drop at the end of the summer, and the pricing does the same. If you wait until June or July to replace your unit, you’ll end up paying top dollar for the privilege.

2. Easier to Make an Appointment

Heating and air conditioning contractors get busy with appointments during the summer and winter months dealing with service calls for emergencies. If you schedule your air conditioner installation during the fall, you’ll have an easier time making an appointment at a convenient time.

3. Moderate Weather Makes for Easier Installation

If you are having work done on your home, having it done during when temperatures are relatively mild makes for a more pleasant process for you and the air conditioning contractor.

Make Sure New Air Conditioner System is Energy Efficient

When making plans for a new air conditioner system, make sure you choose an Energy Star Certified product. Your air conditioning contractor should follow these guidelines when installing your system:

Make Sure it is the Correct Size: If it’s too small, it will waste energy. A system that is too big will cycle on and off often and wear out prematurely. Before installing a new  system, the contractor should ensure you have the right size for your home’s square footage.
Seal the Duct work: Leaky duct work is a source of energy loss in the home. If the air is getting out in this way, it won’t reach your rooms to cool them. Your contractor should locate any leaks and repair them, then test the airflow to confirm that the leaks have been repaired.
Make Sure Refrigerant Charge is Correct: If refrigerant charge is not correct, it wastes energy and can damage unit over time. The contractor should make sure the charge is neither too low nor too high.

Contact Air Depot to discuss your new central air conditioning system. We are your local experts, and have been serving the Cypress area since 1977.

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Why You Should Have your Ductwork Inspected

Part of your maintenance routine for your HVAC system in your Cypress home should include having your ductwork inspected. When you schedule your annual furnace check-up, ask to have a technician look at your ducts as well. The air ducts are a very important part of your system, since they are the route by which the heated or cooled air reaches your rooms (depending on the time of year). They also look after returning stale air to the central unit to be either heated or cooled.

Why Have Your Duct Work Inspected

A professional inspection will reveal the following important information:

To see if your system may be leaking conditioned air. This will have an impact on your home’s energy efficiency and end up costing you more on your energy bill.
If your system has a buildup of dirt or dust that needs to be removed with a professional cleaning
Whether the duct work has significant structural or other issues and must be replaced

If the debris in the air ducts is allowed to collect for an extended time, one or more segments may need to be replaced.

Determining Whether to Clean or Replace Duct Work

A significant factor in deciding whether to clean or replace duct work is the type of air ducts that are installed in your home. If you happen to have metal air ducts without an interior lining, they can usually be cleaned relatively easily.

Homes that have flexible air ducts, which are made with a plastic material, can be susceptible to mold growth. Depending on the extent of the contamination, the safer choice is to simply replace them rather than attempting to clean up the mold.

An experienced HVAC contractor will be able to give you the best advice about whether your ducts can be cleaned or you should have one or more sections replaced. Have this inspection done annually as part of your regular home maintenance. If you ignore your ducts you are leaving them open to a buildup of contaminants that can pose a threat to your family’s health, such as dust, molds, and more. They can potentially trigger or exacerbate allergy and asthma problems for you or a family member.

Now is the perfect time to schedule your inspection. Air Depot has been serving the Cypress area since 1977, and we provide cleaning and replacement services, as required.

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Questions To Ask When Replacing your HVAC System

If you are considering replacing your HVAC system, you will no doubt have questions. Knowing the right questions to ask so that you can make an informed decision. Here are some questions to ask before you buy your new system. By asking the right ones from the outset, you will be able to find the right Heating Ventilation and Cooling system to meet your needs.

What to Ask When Replacing your HVAC System

Q. Should I be looking at getting all of my equipment replaced at the same time?

A. Yes, all the parts of your heating and cooling  system should be replaced at the same time to ensure that they work together properly. Replacing only part of your system may seem like the more economical way to go, but it could lead to service problems later on.

If the system is mismatched, it may not give you the level of energy efficiency or performance you are looking for. If you are replacing an older part of the system (piping, duct work, furnace, or the outdoor unit of a heat pump) you’ll want to match the new part as closely as possible to the existing system.

When installing a new, high efficiency heat pump or air conditioner, the old ducts could affect performance. It could have leaks, be inadequate for the new system, or not be the right size. Have the contractor perform a thorough inspection. All ducts must be properly sealed and insulated, and the right size for your home.

Q. What size system should I buy?

If the system is too small, it will not heat or cool your home efficiently. Choosing a system that is too large will cost more and will not give you accurate temperature and humidity control.

Ask your contractor to prepare a detailed load calculation for you. It will determine the capacity of the equipment you will need and the correct distribution of air to each room in your home.

Q. What type of system is best?

When you are looking for an HVAC system, you have several choices available. When looking for a cooling system, you’ll notice that their efficiency is rated as a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) number. High numbers indicate that a unit is more energy efficient. Cooling systems must have a minimum SEER rating of at least 13.

When you are replacing your system, you need an experienced contractor to do the work. Call Air Depot to talk about your air conditioning and heating needs today.

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