What are the drawbacks of installing a ductless Heating plus Air Conditioning system in a commercial building?

Commercial Heating plus Air Conditioning systems are configured in many ways for cost benefits, efficiency, plus the renter’s indoor comfort.

One of the best Heating plus Air Conditioning solutions for commercial buildings is the ductless Heating plus Air Conditioning system, also referred to as the mini-chop Heating plus Air Conditioning system. A ductless Heating plus Air Conditioning system is a heating, ventilation, plus cooling system that functions separate from ductwork! Rather than a big compressor plus ductwork to serve your entire commercial building, ductless Heating plus Air Conditioning incorporates mini-chop systems that are designed to serve single spaces or zones of rooms in your commercial building. Ductless Heating plus Air Conditioning systems use vapor compression to capture heat from outside your commercial building plus give it indoors when heating, rejecting indoor heat plus returning cool air on the cooling cycle. As flexible, efficient, plus cost-effective as they are, ductless systems do not come short of challenges. First, unlike ducted systems, ductless systems can not integrate the outside air or ventilation air into your ductless system. Outside air can be pulled into a central location in a ducted Heating plus Air Conditioning system plus delivered throughout your commercial building. Ductless systems cannot use add-ons such as dehumidifiers, whole-house humidifiers, air cleaning, plus air purifying systems, as they have no ductwork to give the airflow throughout your home. Ductless systems for commercial buildings have high upfront costs as you will need an indoor terminal device in each room of your commercial building. You will also have to clean or substitute the filters for your ductless Heating plus Air Conditioning on a strict schedule, as clogging, which happens frequently, reduces your unit’s effectiveness plus can cause mechanical failure.

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Ways of lowering your home's humidity without using a dehumidifier

The most effective way to reduce your indoor humidity is with a dehumidifier. However, if you don’t own a dehumidifier or perhaps your humidity issue is mild, there are other ways you can use to save the situation. These methods are simple, requiring equipment you already have at home. First, keep your home ventilated, especially in spaces prone to moisture accumulation, such as your bathroom and the kitchen. If you can, open doors and windows, open your vents and keep your fan running for longer to ensure adequate ventilation. Turn your air conditioning system on as it not only cools down your space but also works to reduce indoor humidity levels. Replace your HVAC system’s air filters if they are dirty or clogged to prevent them from slowing down airflow, causing your system to be ineffective in reducing humidity. Take shorter or colder showers to minimize the amount of steam produced since excess steam increases indoor humidity. It would be best if you also dry your clothes outside, especially during humid days. If hanging your clothes outside is not an option where you live, use a clothes dryer with outdoor vents. Cracking a window open is the easiest trick in reducing indoor humidity levels as it creates more airflow. Placing houseplants outside is also helpful, mostly because house plants release moisture vapor into the atmosphere, increasing humidity. Also, repair walls that have holes and cracks which allow moisture in your space. Warm, moist outdoor air travels indoors through holes and cracks during hot, humid days.
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What are the disadvantages of installing a ductless HVAC system in a commercial building?

Commercial HVAC systems are configured in various ways for cost benefits, efficiency, and the occupant’s indoor comfort.

One of the best HVAC solutions for commercial buildings is the ductless HVAC system, also referred to as the mini-split HVAC system. A ductless HVAC system is a heating, ventilation, and cooling system that functions without ductwork. Rather than a large compressor and ductwork to serve your entire commercial building, ductless HVAC incorporates mini-split systems that are designed to serve single spaces or zones of rooms in your commercial building. Ductless HVAC systems use vapor compression to capture heat from outside your commercial building and deliver it indoors when heating, rejecting indoor heat and returning cool air on the cooling cycle. As flexible, efficient, and cost-effective as they are, ductless systems do not come short of challenges. First, unlike ducted systems, ductless systems can not integrate the outside air or ventilation air into your ductless system. Outside air can be pulled into a central location in a ducted HVAC system and delivered throughout your commercial building. Ductless systems cannot use add-ons such as dehumidifiers, whole-house humidifiers, air cleaning, and air purifying systems, as they have no ductwork to deliver the airflow throughout your home. Ductless systems for commercial buildings have high upfront costs as you will need an indoor terminal unit in each room of your commercial building. You will also have to clean or replace the filters for your ductless HVAC on a strict schedule, as clogging, which happens frequently, reduces your unit’s effectiveness and can cause mechanical failure.

 

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Reasons why you should hire an HVAC technician to carry out HVAC tune-ups on your unit

Even if you are hands-on around your home or you know someone who can hack minor repairs, your HVAC system repair is not something to take lightly.

Tune-ups may not necessarily include repairs unless issues are detected during the inspection phase.

However, it is great to hire an HVAC technician to perform the HVAC equipment tune-ups. HVAC professionals know the ins and outs of various HVAC systems due to their experiential knowledge. During tune-ups, they will fix all the apparent issues and diagnose the HVAC unit for other problems that may have gone unnoticed. Even so, it is wise to find a qualified HVAC professional to fix your HVAC equipment. You waste no time on tune-ups with an HVAC technician because they follow a pre-meditated HVAC diagnosis method. They have the experience to get the job done in a fraction of the time you will. HVAC technicians have insurance against accidents or injuries that may occur during the tune-up. They are also insured, protecting both, which protects you from any losses during the work. An accident that you may end up for through your nose if you hire an amateur will be covered entirely without you being held liable. They also have the right equipment for the job, some of which may not be locally available at your home improvement store. For instance, you won’t have the industrial-strength antimicrobial solution to kill the contaminants or a high-pressure vacuum cleaner to clean inside your HVAC unit when clearing mold and bacteria.

 

 

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How often should you clean your air conditioning vents?

A reliable air conditioning system is essential to any home.

Whether you live, a high-rise condominium or a housing apartment, having at least one air conditioning unit that is functioning goes a long way in making all the difference in terms of your productivity, comfort, and most of all, health.

While many people are familiar with the basic operations of an air conditioning system, an average AC owner is clueless about its functions and processes. Several components make up an air conditioning system. There are also a couple of add-ons that work to complement your general air conditioner’s function. One of such add-ons is the air conditioner vent, a vital part of any complete and ventilated air conditioning system. AC vents, also referred to as return vents, are essential to your system, serving various purposes. Its main function is to maintain your home’s air pressure. They also comprise small openings that ensure you breathe clean air by filtering out dirt and debris that can sneak into your space. Installing AC vents on your wall or ceiling may also save you from potentially additional energy costs in the long run. Vents should be cleaned once every 3 to 5 years, as recommended by NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaning Association). However, that does not mean you shouldn’t clean your vents more often if the need arises. Several factors may influence how often you clean your AC vents, including the presence of pets or smokers in your home, recent renovations, moving into a new home, or even the homeowner’s preference.

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Getting a renter and a new HVAC method

I think most of us would get as creative as they had to get in order to save their home.

This has been the case for us this past year.

While we have only been homeowners for a few years, we sure didn’t want to have to sell. But the pandemic sent me home to work in the air conditioning. And I was the lucky one. My wife lost her job completely as her company closed up shop permanently. That was a huge loss for us financially. My wife was able to do some online gigs during the pandemic at home with me in the HVAC. But those jobs did not replace her salary. We scrimped on everything we could. Last summer was the hottest ever in our house as we kept the thermostat setting high to saving on cooling costs. But by the end of summer, it became apparent that we needed to figure something out or put the house on the market. We decided to take a part of our house and turn it into a studio apartment. All we had to do to make this happen was board up one wall and then put in a small kitchen set. Plus we had to find independent heating and cooling equipment for the new apartment as well. Having heating and cooling controlled by your landlord is exactly appealing to someone looking for a place to live. So we called the HVAC company and the HVAC professionals had a ready answer for us. They suggested that we install ductless mini split heating and cooling equipment. Actually, it just took the one ductless mini split. And that saved us. Plus, we have a cool renter to boot!

 

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Air purification was long overdue in our home

But once I learned about the whole home air purification system, I was sold

I tend to be not so inclined to spending money if I don’t absolutely have to. This is something that I’m trying to get better about. However, this characteristic is just so deeply ingrained that it’s been tough. I certainly pay for the essentials and happily. Like I make sure the HVAC maintenance happens every year without fail. The HVAC technician comes out in late fall to do the heating maintenance. And then in the spring, an HVAC professional comes out to do the air conditioning tune-up. Plus, I didn’t cheap out on the HVAC equipment when we had to replace the old HVAC unit 6 or 7 years ago. That said, I do everything I can not to spend any more money on the HVAC then I need to. That goes for heating and cooling the house. We are pretty disciplined when it comes to thermostat control in the winter and the summer. I have no shame in breaking out a space heater in the winter. Nor do I feel funny about saving on cooling costs by using fans during the summer. But when I found out just how important indoor air quality is, I decided to spend some money. This was something I learned during the pandemic. And the data was so compelling that I called the HVAC company. They came out and installed a whole home air purification system. Initially, I considered just upgrading the air filter to a HEPA type air filter. But once I learned about the whole home air purification system, I was sold. And now, I rest easy knowing that my family is breathing the best indoor air they possibly could when they are in this house. That’s worth a few dollars.

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Reopening office with added HVAC feature

It’s hard to really believe that our offices have been essentially closed for a year.

Actually, it’s a bit longer than a year now.

However, all this pandemic mess feels like it’s been going on for five years. It hasn’t been an easy year. Working from the HVAC comfort of home has been an exercise in holding onto my business. Initially, that’s all I had hoped to do. As we are a sales driven company who implements their own product designs onsite for our customers, I was scared we wouldn’t survive. My partner and I started this business just about 7 years ago. And working from the air conditioning at home was never the plan. However, our people rallied, took a pay cut and kept us afloat. Any profit the company made during the pandemic year is going straight to our personnel and back into the company. As part of that, I have a heating and cooling surprise for everyone when they come back to the office. My partner and I have taken turns keeping the office running to whatever degree we could. And in that time, I contracted with an HVAC company to do something special for our people. When the staff comes back, they will find that our heating and cooling is now zone controlled HVAC. This will solve some specific heating and cooling comfort issues and be a very welcome addition to our office environment. We will now have 6 separately controlled HVAC zones throughout the office. The new HVAC equipment and some well deserved bonuses won’t make up for the pandemic year. But I hope it’s a start.

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So it was the house, not the furnace

My very first real, hard core winter was the toughest I have ever tried to manage. Of course, I don’t have all that much to go on either. Where I hail from, there is the heat pump. And when the weather turns a bit chilly, I would simply move the thermostat from cooling to heating. The heat pump would kick on for a bit and the chill in the house was gone. This is all I knew about winter and HVAC equipment. There just wasn’t that much need for the heater side of the HVAC. One of the first things I noticed when I first moved up north was that the heating method in my house was different. The familiar HVAC cabinet outside was still there but that was for air conditioning alone. No there was a different heater in my basement and it was a gas furnace. And this thing was pretty intimidating at first. I had never seen or used a furnace as a heater. But that first winter, I was super disappointed in my gas furnace. I thought it was supposed to be new and of good quality. However, I was really cold and the gas furnace seemed to run all the time. In early spring, I had the HVAC company send out an HVAC technician to get do the air conditioning tune-up. And I discussed my disappointment with the gas furnace with the HVAC professional. He immediately assured me it wasn’t the gas furnace, it was the house. He suggested that I spend the rest of the year sealing up my house because that was why the gas furnace was running all the time.
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I feel bad even though this isn’t really my fault

My friend came to me with this very strange situation not so long ago.

He said that his finances were becoming tight ever since the bonus structure was done away with at his workplace. He actually relied on those yearly bonuses to get by, but with the pandemic they were taken away. While he was making less money, he said it was difficult to afford to pay the nanny to clean the house, change the air filters to the HVAC, and take care of the children. It was especially difficult for the nanny because suddenly the kids were at home all the time doing the remote learning. My friend said he ended up selling stuff from the attic online, some of the valuable jewelry and even their old window A/C units and portable heaters. I was shocked when he told me this because I knew his wife had to be mad. That’s what he brought up next, the fact that his wife accused the nanny of stealing her jewelry and portable HVAC systems from the attic. My friend said he was going to replace the jewelry and the HVAC systems when he was able to save up more money, but she found out about the missing stuff from the attic. He was trying to get some advice on what he should do. His wife wanted him to fire the nanny, and he was trying to protect the nanny’s job because she did such a great job with the kids and house cleaning. I told him he had to come clean and tell his wife the truth. He ended up doing just that and now she wants to divorce him. I don’t feel like this is my fault, but I feel bad.

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