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If you have any questions about Mini Split Systems, Central Air Conditioner Systems, Air Conditioner units in general or Air Conditioning Installation questions , then we've got the answers you need! We carry many brands like Midea, AirCon, YMGI, Daikin, Chigo, Mr Whisper, Cooper & Hunter, and Goodman Air Conditioner which is now Daikin Air Conditioner. If you live in a cooler climate, with mild summers that generally do not require a central air conditioner running throughout the season, you might want to consider installing a small, high efficiency Minisplit Air Conditioner. Since you may not have existing duct work, Ductless Mini Split solutions such as Ductless Air Conditioning and Ductless Heating and Cooling can provide good alternatives for home cooling, heating, and dehumidification. Mini Split Air Conditioning eliminate the need to retrofit your home with duct work. Mini split air conditioners and Mini Split Heat Pump simply connect to their compressors via small conduit, which runs from the indoor Mini Split evaporation to the compressor through an exterior wall. Heat Pump System are an energy efficient way to keep warm during the frigid winters. And in the case of the occasional heat wave, a Split System Air Conditioning might be just what you need to cool and dehumidify the climate in your indoor living space. If a heat wave has struck your area in the past, you might have begun to research Split AC System options that will not require too much modification of your home, or become too costly. Heating and Cooling Units alternatives that do not require ducts include window units and Best Air Conditioner Units. However, if a heat wave is striking your area now, and you are unprepared (without Split System), below is some information that may help you beat the heat for the time being.
The hottest days of summer can be pretty tough to get through, and many will be hiding out indoors “waiting it out” in the comfort of our central air conditioner or Ductless System. It is those places that tend to have cooler climates where waves of unexpected heat can roll through where heat waves can be dangerous, even deadly. Homes that are poorly equipped to handle these waves of triple digit heat (some, with no air conditioning at all) can very quickly become nearly uninhabitable due to a heat wave.
Alternately, in places that tend to heat up in the summer, air conditioning (central air conditioning, ductless Ductless System air conditioning, and individual window units) are pretty much the norm. However, it was while living in Florida, where Ductless System air conditioning is found as far as the eye can see,that I got my own personal taste of what some folks have to deal with when temperatures rise (even to temperatures that are quite normal in the southeast during summer) and they are ill prepared. When the hurricane knocked out power for a week, my lovely Ductless System air conditioned abode became a battleground.
Here is a list of some simple supplies, resources, and techniques that may come to the rescue during a heat wave. Luckily for those who are experiencing a heat wave rather than a massive power outage, you have a few extra tricks in your basket. When the heat wave hits, you probably want to start thinking about:
If you live in a home with multiple stories, you will stay coolest in the lowest of them. As heat tends to rise, you probably should start making the down stairs as convenient and inhabitable aplace as possible. If your bedroom is in one of the higher floors, now is a good time to field test the pull-out couch in the living room.
If there are things you often access in the uppermost floor, consider bringing some of them down for a while, in order to both take advantage of the cooler temperatures down stairs and avoid extra exertion which may raise your body temperature.
And if you are lucky enough to live in a home with a basement, that might be your best bet during the hottest heat of the mid-day. (But if you have a winecellar, leave it alone! Alcohol can raise your temperature and dehydrate you; so, as tempting as it might be during this stressful time, resist the urge to turn the heat wave into a cocktail party!)
If you still have access to electrical power (such as, in the case of most heat waves), you should make use of any fans that can get keep the air in your home circulating. Unlike central air conditioning or Ductless System, ceiling and box fans alone are not actually capable of changing the temperature of the space. However, the breeze from a ceiling fan can certainly bring your body temperature down a bit as the sweat evaporates off of you. A ceiling fan on full blast, paired with a couple of box fans around the house, although unlikely to bring you the same comfort as a cooling and dehumidifying Ductless System, can certainly make the heat just a little more tolerable.
You can actually make a little temporary, make shift ductless air conditioner out of a stand-alone fan. If you have a cooler, refrigerator/freezer, or even just some ice, you can set a box fan to blow from in front of or across it, and get a little air conditioning relief from time to time. Sitting in the line box fan which has been placed in front of an open freezer, you might be able to close your eyes and get a little nostalgic for your Ductless System or central air conditioner (in the case of an outage/generator situation) or start wondering to yourself why you don’t have a little Ductless System for times like these (in the case of a heat wave.) Air conditioning, even primitive DIY forms like these, is pretty darn great when you truly NEED it. However, do not linger here for toolong. For one, this is not an efficient or long-lived way to keep cool during a heat wave. Leaving your refrigerator or freezer door open is a pretty large drain on power, will likely begin defrosting your food, and might even damage the appliance. And ice in a cooler (even if you happen to have a large block of ice) is destined to melt pretty quickly in the ambient heat. However, there is definitely a time and a place for the conscientious use of this solution!
But fans can serve a much more important function than simply providing a tolerable area to temporarily stand in a daze. During the middle of the day, when a great deal of heat seems to be accumulating indoors it is a good idea to open the doors and windows and use box fans to push the warm air outside, like an exhaust. Later on in the evening, when the temperatures drop, turn the fans around to blow some of that cool air back into the house. At sunrise, closeup the house and draw all of the curtains and blinds. This may keep some of that cooler air indoors for a while, and keep you more comfortable through the morning hours.
Cool water can provide great relief from the sweltering heat of either a heat wave or power outage. Often enough, even in the case of a large storm and power outage, clean water is still available. Drinking enough water is extremely important if you are very hot, exerting a lot, or experiencing stress. So, proper hydration is especially important during this time.
In the air conditioning world, water is actually a some what viable refrigerant. The primary reason that water is not suitable to be used as a refrigerant in central air conditioners and Ductless System is that the evaporation point is not at as low a temperature as refrigerants for air conditioners need to be. On that note, as temperatures climb, water moves up the list as a “refrigerant” chemical. So, during a heat wave up north, when temperatures are high and the climate is arid, water becomes one of the best refrigerants around!
There are a number of other ways you can exploit the cooling properties of water. Take cool showers or baths, when you can, to cool yourself off. As you air dry, your body will experience the refrigerant qualities of water, much like a Ductless Units evaporator coil. You can also fill a bucket or tub and soak your feet, which will help to cool your entire body down. A soaked bandana or cloth around the shoulders or forehead can also bring relief. Additionally, if you can find a small spritz bottle, fill it with water so you can mist yourself throughout the day.
Seriously. Although many of the newer compact fluorescent lights do not put off very much heat, the heat from any incandescent lights you may have around certainly do. Computers and other appliances can do the same, and it all adds up to those last few unbearable degrees; so, if you don’t need it, it might be a good idea to just shut it down for a while.
Cooking appliances, as no surprise, generate quite a bit of heat which raises the temperature of your dwelling. You can probably feel this in the kitchen when you are cooking up a storm. Cooking during this time can raise the temperature quickly, when there is no Ductless Units to fend off the extra degrees. So, it also might be a good idea to eat some pre-prepared ready-to-eat or fresh foods during a heat wave, to eliminate the need for the stove or oven. (This is probably also for the best, as a warm, protein-rich meal generates more heat in your body, which doesn’t do much to keep you cool.)
Mid-Day Field Trips
If possible, escape the hottest few hours of the day by heading to a large public, air conditioned space. If there is still a public library in town, it most likely has air conditioning and plenty of seating…better yet, they won’t mind if you loiter around or find a quiet corner and read for a few hours. Movie theaters, although more expensive, are another source of temporary escape. (In fact, some of the very first airconditioners were introduced to movie theaters, which used them as an advertising ploy. Many theaters during the 1920’s and 30’s lured in patrons with a 20 degree temperature drop.)
You could also go hit the mall; although it may not be as inviting or comfortable, the reliable air conditioning systems of most make it another viable option.
Maintain Health and Things to Watch for
As I have mentioned above, it will be very important that you drink enough water to maintain healthy hydration during this time; if you are very hot and sweating a lot, you will probably need a lot more water than you usually drink to stay hydrated. Do not wait until you are thirsty; drink water throughout the day before you start feeling this first sign of dehydration.
Also, if you are sweating a lot more than normal, you will need to replace electrolytes as you go, as well. So, ifyou have got some powdered Gatorade or sports drink hiding in a cabinet somewhere, go ahead and mix up a pitcher, or two. If you do not have an electrolyte replacement, be sure to eat some small quantities of food throughout the day, as you drink water, so you do not flush them away with all of the drinking.
Drinking of WATER, to clarify. As I also mentioned, now is not a good time to per use the liquor cabinet. Even a few cold beers, although enticing, are not very good ideas in the long run. Although alcoholic beverages, such as beer, can provide temporary refreshment and hydration, they ultimately dehydrate your body very quickly, shortly after the fact. If you must indulge, be sure to alternate with plenty of water. Coffee (any more than you need to get through the day) is also a no-no for good heat wave health.
The inability to escape from high heat can become a serious hazard to health. Be sure that you recognize, and promptly treat or seek medical attention for, heat-related illnesses and emergencies which may arise in you, your family, or your pets. In the event of a medical emergency, such as heat exhaustion or stroke, it is important to do all that you can to cool the victim down until help arrives. Heat related illness (in humans) which may progress to require medical attention include:
Heat Rash: Heat Rash is a “prickly” feeling or itchy red rash beneath blocked sweat ducts. (Alsocalled “prickly heat.”) Heat rash can be very uncomfortable, and can be by cooling the skin with a cool rag or towel. However, heat rash is a warning sign that the body is starting to respond adversely to the amount of heat, so, keep an eye out.
Heat Cramps: Heat cramps are painful involuntary muscle spasms usually affecting the calves, arms, abdominal wall, and back. This arises from inadequate hydration / electrolyte intake. If symptoms do not abate after an hour of hydration with water and electrolytes, it is time to call the doctor. Heat cramps which do not let up can progress to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Heat Exhaustion: If you have been experiencing heat cramps which have progressed into profuse sweating, nausea, light headedness and faintness, you are experiencing heat exhaustion. Immediately cease activity, and attempt to bring the body temperature down. Call 911 if the body temperature does not seem to be dropping, and symptoms do not abate quickly.
Heat Stroke: If your body temperature continues to rise after heat exhaustion has set in, heat stroke occurs. In a matter of hours, heat stroke can damage your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles. Heat stroke can be deadly. Call 911 immediately if someone in your household appears to be experiencing heat stroke!
Pets, if you have them, can also be susceptible to heat-related illness and stroke. When monitoring your cat or dog, the symptoms of heat stroke include rapid panting, wide eyes, excessive drooling, hot skin, twitching muscles, vomiting, and a“dazed” look. Call the vet if you believe your cat or dog is experiencing heat stroke. In order to prevent heat stroke, animals should be well hydrated and can be bathed in cool water (if they will tolerate it.) Generally speaking, all of the things you are doing for yourself and in your household in order to survive the heat will also benefit your furry companions.
Hopefully, using some of the tips above can help you get through the heat wave without any major injury or issue. But once it has passed, you might want to start considering a much more comfortable, convenient, and cost-effective solution that will ensure that you never have to worry about surviving a heat wave without air conditioning again…
SURVIVE HEAT WAVES WITH A MINI SPLIT
If you live in a place that is not prone to a lot of hot and humid weather, you might not think that your need for air conditioning warrants alteration or damage to your home in order to install a “system.” You might think that bearing through the odd heat wave is worth all of the money and energy you are saving by not having expensive air conditioning working its way into your budget. And, you know what? You are right!
However, if you think that an in expensive “plug-and-play” style window unit is the key, because you can simply drag it out of the attic whenever you need it, you are probably depriving yourself of a comfort and convenience that you truly deserve. You might be overlooking a much better solution that modern air conditioning has to offer.
Ductless Units air conditioning has been the air conditioning solution of choice in Asia and Europe for some time. If you have traveled in any of these countries, you might be familiar with the small, streamline air handler appliance which takes the place of central air in many hotel and resort rooms around the globe. It just so happens that those compact little Ductless Units actually pack a lot of punch! They actually provide more square footage of air conditioning, per BTU than window units, and even some central air compressors. Additionally, they are more efficient and actually provide more controlled comfort than either of those options.
Ductless Units also may provide a superior option in the case of heat waves. They do not require much modification to a home that is not already configured for central air conditioning. They are more permanent, convenient, and efficient than a window unit. Installing even a single zone Ductless Units air conditioner may be the way to go if you are only in need of occasional air conditioning. Inaddition to the easy installation and efficiency, there are added bonuses that you will find with a Ductless Units that you won’t find with any other air conditioning options.
Ductless Mini splits do not require duct work, and are easy to install.
Ductless Air provide an ideal air conditioning solution if your home is not set up for “central air” or a ducted air conditioning system. And, if it was, you probably would not worry too much a but surviving a heat wave. Many homes are not equipped with central air ducts because they are in locations that do not usually experience temperatures that require much cooling. However, even periodic heat waves can become problematic in a home that is not prepared. With climate change on the rise, some areas which historically have not experienced as much heat may begin to have times in the summer that actually do warrant air conditioning. Unless you are both able and willing to retrofit your entire home with duct work for a new central air conditioner, central air is not an option. And even if it is, all of the added expense and remodeling does not make it a very attractive one.
Ductless Air can be installed extremely quickly, easily, and without ducts. Although you will require some assistance from an HVAC professional (for the more specified portion of the work, such as charging the lines with refrigerant, and electrical issues) this is generally minimal. Ductless Air installation, on average, will only take a few hours; even less, if you can lay out the components and do a couple of small things yourself.
The evaporator/air handler (the smaller and quieter portion of the “split” which will be installed indoors) will need to be mounted in the location of your choice. This is the part of the Ductless Air where your cooled air will originate and blow from, so often the evaporator will be mounted on the high portion of a wall, and controlled by a wireless remote. The Ductless Air evaporator is low profile (will project 7-9” from the wall) and can be selected for style and ability to blend into your décor. During the seasons when the Ductless Air is not in use, you will probably easily forget that the Ductless Air is in the room!
So, rather than ducts, a Ductless Air air conditioner connects this small appliance to the outdoor compressor through a very small conduit tube, which feeds refrigerant to and from the compressor portion of the system. Forget all of the mess you would expect to see if you tried to attain central air in a home that was not designed around it; the only real modification which is required to install a Ductless Air is a small hole (3” diameter) from the indoors to the outdoors, and the mounting of a few brackets to hold the Ductless Air air handler in place. (You may also have to have concrete slab installed, outdoors, if you do not have a level platform for the Ductless Air compressor to sit upon.
Mini Split air conditioners are quieter/more attractive than window units.
If you have devised a strategy to beat the heat with a couple of window unit air conditioners, be sure to consider all of the disadvantages of having a less permanent and less attractive option taking up room in your attic or storage space. If heat waves seem to occur more and more frequently throughout the years, that is a lot of time spent lugging these guys in and out of your windows. And let’s face it, you aren’t going to let these noisy, ugly boxes block out your windows year-round, when they are not even serving a purpose.
Unlike a window unit air conditioner, in which all parts are contained in a single box, the Ductless Air moves the noisier components associated with air conditioning to the outdoors and away from your living space. Rather than right there in the window, the compressor of the Ductless air conditioner can be placed as far as 50 feet from the point of entry. While your average window unit will produce 48-60 decibels, the evaporator portion of most Ductless produce 32 decibels or less. This is especially important if the air conditioning unit is to be installed in a bedroom, where you want to be comfortable as well as get some rest.
Not to mention the fact that the window unit, when in use, is not doing much for the aesthetics of your place, inside or out. On the interior, a window unit air conditioning unit blocks both the view and the natural light from your window. From outside, the compressor and condenser hang out from your dwelling and often create drainage problems, leaking down your siding and causing water damage.
So, with a window unit (of which you may need several to properly and efficiently cool an entire home, depending on size) you have quite a bit of added work a head on those hottest weeks of the year. And the ultimate result is not all that pleasing, more like something you just have to “live with” for a while. In contrast, a Ductless Mini Split immediately supplies a cleaner and more secure, ready-to-go solution, which is much less obtrusive sound and aesthetic-wise; a Ductless Mini Split is an addition that you can enjoy, rather than tolerate.
Ductless Mini Splits are extremely efficient, and cost effective.
But, maybe you live in a smaller place, and can get by with one large capacity window unit air conditioner. Perhaps the noise and not-so-attractive physical qualities of a window are things you believe you can learn to live with. Window units, at first glance, area more affordable option; so, why pay more for a fancy pants Ductless Mini Split air conditioner when you could probably keep on “getting by”?
Well, first of all, the option of having one, easy to handle window unit to cool your entire place is really only practical if you have a fairly small, one-room space. In places where air does not freely flow from space to space, one window unit is not going to cut it. The blowers on window units just do not provide enough air flow. Ductless Mini Split provide a very simple solution to this problem, by allowing the capacity of a single outdoor compressor to be split up amongst several smaller capacity Ductless Mini Split evaporators. For example, one 36,000 BTU large capacity Ductless Mini Split compressor has enough capacity on its own to service four 9,000 BTU single zone Ductless Mini Split air handlers. So, if you have four rooms that require cooling, a Ductless Mini Split can handle it on a single large capacity compressor.
However, just comparing apples to apples, the single zone window unit air conditioner to a single zone Ductless Mini Split air conditioner, Ductless Mini Split air conditioners provide quite a few advantages in the way of power usage and cost effectiveness.
Ductless Mini Split cooling and dehumidifying appliances are more efficient, just in mechanics, than the average window unit air conditioner. While many Ductless Mini Split air conditioners have SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) scores of 13, many of the new Ductless Mini Split air appliances reach double that, today. So, with a SEER score of 26, your Ductless Mini Split air conditioner is TWICE as efficient and energy conscious as your old window unit was. Ductless Mini Split air conditioners actually get more square footage per BTU of capacity than window units. So, with a Ductless Split, you are getting a lot more cooling for your buck.
On top of the increased mechanical efficiency, Ductless Split have some built in energy saving features that other forms of air conditioning do not. You will probably not find the level of control, via timers and settings, in any window unit air conditioner that you will find in a Ductless Split. Furthermore, because you can set these controls differently for each “zone” or air handler location, you can find savings with a Ductless Split that would not be available with even the newest central air conditioner with the most modern range of settings and functions. Ductless Split air conditioners are such an efficient and economical option, many homes in places that use air conditioning throughout the entire year are upgrading to Ductless Split when their central air conditioning systems fail or are in need of upgrade.
Ductless Mini Splits also function as….heat pumps!
If you still think that it is a silly idea to invest in a Ductless Split system in your climate, think again. Almost all of today’s Ductless Split manufacturers make two options for many of their Ductless Split models. One will be “cooling and dehumidification only. Or, you can upgrade to a model that has a switch which creates an air conditioner which works in reverse, as a heat pump.
Ductless heat pumps are an extremely efficient, energy passive way to warm up cool interior spaces in the winter time. Much like how an air conditioner gathers heat from the indoors and transfers the heat to the outdoors, the ductless heat pumps of Ductless Split work similarly, except in the other direction. The Ductless Split heat pump gathers all the ambient heat that it can from the outdoors, and then transfers it in, keeping your inside spaces nice and toasty.
Yet another reason Ductless Split is a great option for climates that are susceptible to surprise heat waves. Because, if warmer weather takes you by surprise, more than likely colder weather does not!
A FEW MORE NOTES ABOUT MINISPLIT AIR CONDITIONERS
Split Air Conditioner offer an exceptional option for cooling, heating and dehumidifying, whether you are in a climate that experiences unprecedented heat waves, sustained hot summers, or just have a room in the house that tends to get too much sun and stay too warm. Split Air Conditioner provide top-of-the-line ductless air conditioning to those who do not have ductwork, as well as a viable upgrade from an aging and inefficient central air conditioning system.
If you do decide to invest in a Split Air Conditioner system, it is important to note that the life of your system will depend on proper installation and maintenance of the Split Air Conditioner compressor and evaporator. Unlike a window unit, a Split Air Conditioner system is a permanent system, and with a little maintenance will likely last 12 years or more.
First of all, make sure that you purchase a Split Air Conditioner that is of the proper capacity for the space you will be cooling and heating. If you do not have enough capacity, you will not experience the optimum comfort nor efficiency that can be provided by Split Air Conditioner. There is also such thing as too much of a good thing when it comes to Split air conditioning, and going over capacity can cause problems with the system as well. If you are unsure about the proper capacity or configuration needed, contact an HVAC professional that is familiar with Split Air Conditioner. They can help you design a system that will work well in your home.
There are many options out there, make sure to buy a brand that you trust from a reputable dealer that provides warranty information. Since Split Air Conditioner can be purchased online, rather than exclusively through dealers (as is the case with central air conditioning systems) you can browse around to your hearts content to find the best Split Air Conditioner for your budget.
Remember that, unlike a window unit which can be popped into a window, for the most part, Split Air Conditioner will require a bit of professional installation. Makesure that your licensed HVAC technician is familiar with Split Air Conditioner air conditioners, and is well referenced or reviewed online.
Rather than a window unit, which will likely be cheaper to replace than repair, a Split Air Conditioner is a long-term investment. Most Ductless Air Conditioner have quite a few self-maintenance features, which will help the system continue running its best (or, shut down automatically, in the case of a problem.) However, prevention is the key to proper Ductless Air Conditioner maintenance. Make sure to keep the area around the compressor free of debris and well manicured. If there is ever plant material or trash, remove it as soon as possible to prevent it from clogging in the compressor. You can also hose down and clean the compressor once in a while with a garden hose, but be careful to shut everything down before any maintenance, especially when water is involved.
Another thing that is important to routinely check is the return air filters of your Ductless Air Conditioner evaporation unit. Most Ductless Air Conditioner will have a simple tab for easy removal of the filter/s, and some even have automatic functions which will remind you when it is time to check or change them. Some filters will be reusable; these can be rinsed in a sink and air dried. Others may need periodic replacement. Proper maintenance of the filters, much like those of central air conditioning, will keep your return air fresher and free of contaminants. Ductless Air Conditioner air conditioners go a step above,though; many Ductless Air Conditioner contain advances air filtration technology which, if properly maintained, makes your home cleaner and healthier than ever before.
With proper installation, minimal effort, and routine maintenance, your Ductless Air Conditioner is likely to provide you with optimal home comfort year after year!