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Ductless Heating Provides Multi-Zone Comfort

September 26th, 2016

We live in Huntington Beach, CA with a straight shot to the ocean and all of the attendant mild weather which that brings. We don’t suffer from the heat as often as other So Cal communities do, but that also makes heating trickier, since winters can get colder on the coast than they do inland. A ductless HVAC system — one that includes heating as well as air conditioning features — may be the ideal way to beat that cool weather. Here’s how it works.

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Look to the SEER Rating for Your Ductless AC

September 19th, 2016

With the coming of cooler weather here in Long Beach, CA comes a chance to exchange your older air conditioning system with a new one. We’re strong advocates of ductless air conditioning systems, whether you need to replace an existing ductless system or you’d like to give ductless air conditioning a try. One of the top factors that should be involved when selecting a new system is its SEER rating, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It measures how well the air conditioner makes use of the energy it consumes, and along with the overall power levels of your system. Here’s a quick breakdown on what to look for.

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The Popularity of Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners is Growing

September 12th, 2016

Most people are accustomed to classic centralized air conditioners to keep their homes cool in the summer, and centralized systems do their jobs quite well. But ductless mini-split systems provide a number of advantages over centralized air, which is why we’ve seen a recent uptick in the popularity of ductless mini-split systems across the country. If you’re in the market for a new system, now may be the perfect time to consider a ductless system, with summer winding down here in Newport Beach, CA and cooler temperatures giving you the opportunity to plan for an air conditioning replacement session at leisure. Here’s a few things to consider when evaluating the possibility of a ductless system.

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Get Your Ductless System Ready for Winter

September 5th, 2016

Labor Day is here in Huntington Beach, CA marking the unofficial end of summer and signalling to homeowners that autumn is on the way. Temperatures tend to drop more quickly here in the coast than they do further inland, which means that now is the time to get your ductless system ready for winter. Mini split heating and cooling systems can usually be shifted from air conditioning to heating mode with just the touch of a button, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still perform a few key services to help your ductless system perform at its best during the coming months.

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Look Into Wireless Options to Control Your Ductless System

August 29th, 2016

Ductless air conditioners provide a number of benefits to Long Beach, CA homeowners, including the ability to provide precise, room-by-room control and the ability to save money be shutting off the cool air in parts of the home you aren’t using. But controlling a ductless mini-split system can sometimes be exasperating, especially if you’re using the traditional wired control panels installed by most models. 

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Using the Thermostat with Ductless Systems

August 22nd, 2016

Ductless mini-split air conditioners divide your home into sections, each cooled by a single stand-alone air conditioner controlled by its own thermostat and control panel. If you’re just installing a ductless system into your Newport Beach, CA home, you may have a lot of questions about how thermostats work and whether an existing thermostat is compatible with your system. The answer is “it depends,” which is why it’s always important to have a qualified air conditioning service on your side at all times. We can help you determine the best way to use the thermostat with ductless systems, and ensure that you take advantage of the flexibility that this system provides.

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Late Season Advice for Your Ductless Air Conditioning System

August 15th, 2016

It’s been another hot summer, even down by the shore here in Huntington Beach, CA, and your ductless system has likely been put to the test the last few months. August and September can be even tougher on your system, since the strain of daily use could begin to show. If you have a ductless system in your home, you’ve got an advantage on that font, since you can distribute the workload more evenly and lower strain on your system as a whole. We’ve included a few tips to help you make the most of your ductless system during the last month or so of summer, ensuring that it can get to the finish line with a minimum of stress and strain.

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Ductless Air Conditioning: for Homes with Multiple Stories

August 8th, 2016

We talk about the benefits of ductless air conditioning systems here in Long Beach, CA, especially for larger homes. Large homes often have multiple stories, which can prove troublesome for centralized systems to adequately cool. Here, we’re going to discuss options for cooling a multi-story home using ductless systems, and how they tend to do the job much more effectively than they would in homes with just a single story.

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Schedule Maintenance for Your Ductless AC Today!

August 1st, 2016

Ductless air conditioning systems are a great fit for Newport Beach, CA homes, but just like any other system, it requires care to keep functioning at its best. The good news about ductless systems is that breakdowns tend to be limited to a single unit, which means you can typically run the air in other parts of the house and stay cool while waiting for the repair service. But better than dealing with a breakdown is preventing on in the first place, and for that you need a maintenance session from a trained air conditioning technician. When performed once or twice a year, it will improve the system’s performance, as well as giving the technician a chance to check for more serious issues that may eventually result in a breakdown. 

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How to Respond to a Ductless Air Conditioning Breakdown

July 25th, 2016

Ductless air conditioning systems are a fantastic resource for keeping cool down here in Huntington Beach, CA. They’re efficient and easy to use, and when properly maintained that can last a long time. But they suffer occasional breakdowns just like any other appliance. When they do, you need to trust that the repair service you contact is going to do the job right. But you also want to prevent further damage until the repair service can get there. Here’s the steps you take to when one of your ductless units breaks down.

  • Shut down the faulty unit. Take quick stock of what the problem is — anything out of the ordinary like strange noises, leaks or the like — then turn the system off. Then check the ductless units in the other nearby parts of the house to ensure that they aren’t exhibiting the same problems (they usually aren’t).
  • Take stock of the home. Once you’ve shut down the problem air conditioner, you want to ascertain whether there’s more you can do until the service can get there. If you can turn off any other units in the home, then do so. Select the two or three parts of the house that you’ll be using when you wait for the service, and limit your activity to just those parts of the house. Then turn off the remaining units and call in the cavalry.

The benefit of this is that it allows you to still enjoy crisp, cool air conditioning without causing any further unnecessary damage and without forcing your family to sit in a hot house. That said, ductless air conditioning systems are specialized pieces of equipment, and you should contact a specialist to deal with it the right way.

Call the pros at Command A/C whenever you have a problem with your ductless air conditioning system!

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