Benefits of Minisplit Heating & Cooling System | For Homeowners

Benefits of Minisplit Heating & Cooling System | For Homeowners

  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
Benefits of Minisplit Heating & Cooling System For Homeowners - Milltown Plumbing

If you’re looking for a high-efficiency and cost-effective way to heat and cool your home, minisplit systems are the way to go. These ductless HVAC systems are designed to heat and cool your home, and they come with a lot of benefits that make them an excellent choice for homeowners.

What are Minisplit Systems?

Minisplit systems are HVAC systems that offer heating and cooling without the use of ducts. They consist of an outdoor unit and one or more indoor units that are mounted on the wall. These units work together to provide efficient heating and cooling to different zones in your home.

How Do Minisplit Systems Heat and Cool?

Minisplit systems use refrigerant to move heat from one place to another. In cooling mode, the refrigerant absorbs heat from the indoor air and releases it outside. In heating mode, the refrigerant absorbs heat from the outdoor air and releases it inside.

Benefits of Minisplit Systems

  1. Improved Energy Efficiency: Minisplit systems are more energy-efficient than traditional HVAC systems, which can save you money on your energy bills.
  2. Zone Cooling Capabilities: Minisplit systems allow you to cool different zones in your home independently, which can help you save energy and money.
  3. Quiet Operation: Minisplit systems are designed to operate quietly, so you won’t even notice when they’re running.
  4. Easy Installation: Minisplit systems are easy to install, and they don’t require any ductwork, which can save you time and money.
  5. Improved Indoor Air Quality: Minisplit systems offer excellent air filtration, which can help improve the indoor air quality in your home.

How Minisplit Systems Can Save You Money

By using less energy than traditional HVAC systems, minisplit systems can help you save money on your energy bills. Additionally, with programs like Mass Save, homeowners can save money on the purchase and installation of a new minisplit system.

Purchase a Minisplit With the Help of the Mass Save Program

The Mass Save program offers rebates and incentives for homeowners who install energy-efficient HVAC systems, including minisplits. The program provides free home energy assessments to help homeowners identify areas where they can save energy, and it offers rebates and financing options to help offset the cost of installing a new HVAC system.

If you’re looking for an energy-efficient and cost-effective way to heat and cool your home, consider installing a minisplit system with Milltown! With its many benefits and money-saving capabilities, minisplit systems are a smart choice for homeowners.

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Air Conditioning 101: What You Need to Know About Your Cooling System

Air Conditioning 101: What You Need to Know About Your Cooling System

  • Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is just blowing cold air into your home, right? Actually, no. Cooling the air in your home is accomplished through a relatively complicated process that involves refrigerant fluid that shuttles heat back and forth between an outside compressor as it transforms from a liquid to a gas and back again. It takes quite a bit of electricity to perform this modern magic show of moving heat from a cooler place and back to a warmer place.

Types of Air Conditioning Systems

There are several different technology options involved with the process of cooling your home: central air conditioners and heat pumps, evaporative coolers, room air conditioners and ductless mini-split air conditioners. 

  • Central air conditioners and heat pumps are the most common form of systems, and unlike some of the other options they are often used to heat entire homes. They generally consist of a large compressor that is external to the home and drives the process and indoor refrigerant coils that distribute cool air throughout the home via ducts. Heat pumps work similarly, except they are also able to distribute warm air in the cooler winter months. Ducts throughout the home are utilized for distribution of both warm and cool air in concert with a fan system. 
  • Room air conditioners are mounted either on the walls, ceiling or through a window. These systems work in a similar fashion to central air conditioners, but compressors are located outside the home and the systems are generally built to control the temperature in a single room. These units are less expensive to purchase, but are potentially less efficient and have a higher daily running cost overall. 
  • Evaporative coolers, also known as swamp coolers, can be a practical alternative in certain parts of the country but are much less common than central air or room air conditioners. These unique systems operate by pulling fresh air through an evaporative system that involves moist pads and a whole-house circulation mechanism. While swamp coolers are only efficient in the drier areas of the country, they are very efficient and cost-effective to run and can reduce the temperature of your home by up to 30 degrees. The cost of purchase and installation is also lower as these systems are relatively simplistic. Evaporative coolers work most effectively in dry climates because the system works by putting moisture back into the air — something that isn’t as efficient in a wet climate. 
  • Ductless mini-split air conditioners are more popular outside the U.S., but are gaining prominence with homeowners who are updating a portion of their home or reworking an older addition that doesn’t have ductwork in place. They are similar to room air conditioners in that they are a zoned system, but the functionality is more similar to a conventional central air conditioning unit. When you’re using a ductless system, you also avoid the energy loss that is associated with a traditional system with ducts. You can also maintain overall cleaner air due to the lack of cracks and crevices in the ducts for dust, mold and other contaminants to hide.
  • New technology options include the Night Breeze, which integrates a whole-house fan, indirect water heater and air conditioner in one unit as well as Thermal Energy Storage where energy is stored overnight in ice — ideal for climates where energy costs are high during peak usage times. 

Warning Signs

Other than the obvious (it’s getting hot in here!) signs, there are multiple ways to determine that your system either needs maintenance or replacement. However, if you’re not as experienced with home maintenance and air conditioners, you may wonder if the problem is in your head or if it truly exists. Since air conditioners are used most heavily during the summer months, it’s important to get a tune-up before the heat of summer really kicks in. Qualified and licensed professionals perform a full system inspection to catch some standard problems that can occur. A check up generally includes:

  • Performance test of the full system
  • Visual review of all air conditioner components
  • Tests to determine the state of the refrigerant charge and overall system control testing
  • The use of an approved leak detector to perform a leak test
  • If slow leaks are suspected, your professional may perform a dye detection test

How can you tell that your system is not functioning as it should? Here’s a few things to look out for:

  • Air is not flowing as easily as it should be. If you’re seeing poor air flow through your vents, it’s probably time to call a professional. 
  • Zone issues — where part of your home is comfortable and another part is too hot or cool — are a good sign that there may be something wrong with your thermostat.
  • Excess moisture where it doesn’t belong can also be an indicator that it’s time to call a professional. 
  • Foul odors coming from your air conditioning unit are never a good sign. Mold can grow in wet, dark spaces and an air conditioning unit certainly fits those parameters.
  • Squeaking or squealing sounds coming from your air conditioning unit may indicate that a belt has slipped. This generally requires professional assistance to resolve.
  • Of course, if you find that your home is heating up unexpectedly, or the air conditioner is cycling (turning on and off quickly), you should have your unit checked out. 

With careful use and a solid maintenance schedule, nearly all types of air conditioning units will last upwards of 15 to 20 years. Your system should receive maintenance at least once a year in the spring, before it’s heavily used in the summer heat. This ensures that you’re catching any small problems such as leaks quickly and before they have a large impact on the functioning of your system. The cost of not performing regular maintenance could be decreased system efficiency or even having a system that freezes up or sustains serious damage from broken items such as motor bearings.

Call MillTown today and schedule your service checkup to see if you need AC repair or replacement!

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Why You Should Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

Why You Should Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
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Thermostats are so small and yet so useful. We use them year-round as we experience the heat of blazing summers and the extremes of snowy winters in Chelmsford, MA. The thermostat does so much to keep our homes comfortable and cozy throughout the year in every season. You might have been thinking for a while about when and why to switch from a manual thermostat to a programmable one.

Although it works, a manual thermostat can be a real headache. First of all, you have to adjust it constantly throughout the day with the changes in temperature – when you wake up, leave your home, come back, or go to sleep. Trying to adjust your manual thermostat to just the right temperature throughout the day can take time away from other more important tasks. With a programmable thermostat, you have much more control over the overall temperature and how long the furnace set to that temperature. Probably most importantly, manual thermostats can cost you a lot of money due to their inefficiency.

There are a lot of great reasons why people choose to upgrade to a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat gives you complete control over your HVAC home system. People enjoy the increased comfort in their homes with ideal temperature settings throughout the day and night. Here are a few reasons why you will want to make the switch sooner rather than later.

1. Save Money on Heating Bills

For most American households, 42% of the energy bill goes to pay for heating and air conditioning. For each degree Fahrenheit that you lower the household temperature for 8 hours, you will save 1% of your energy bill. How much you save really depends on your comfort level and how eager you are to save money. You could save nothing by keeping the temperature the same, or you could save as much as 50% in one energy bill. Imagine what you could do with that extra money?

When you have a programmable thermostat, you can pre-set the temperatures for different times of the day and night. You will not spend money heating or cooling a home when no one is there.

2. Easily Adjustable with Touchscreens

With just a touch of a finger, you can set temperatures for different times of the day, see if filters need changing, or a problem that needs servicing. It’s all within your control. The digital screens that come with programmable thermostats take the guesswork out of setting heat schedules and adjusting heat zones.

3. The Power of Zoned Heating

A zoned system allows you to have different temperatures for different areas of a house. If one room of your house is less used, you can lower the temperature in that one space while keeping the other areas of the house at an ideal temperature. Another good reason to have a zoned system is to accommodate different family members’ temperature preferences. If your teenager likes their room nice and warm, while you prefer sleeping in a cooler climate, both of you can have the temperatures you want without compromising.

4. Automatic Temperature Adjustment

With a programmable thermostat, you will no longer waste time adjusting your thermostat when you come and go from home. You can set individual schedules for different times of day, on every day of the week.

If it is connected with your smartphone, you can change the temperature from anywhere at any time. If you decide to come home early from work because of a snow day, you can have the house be perfectly warm by the time you arrive. You also don’t have to worry about being responsible for lowering the thermostat right before you go to sleep if you have already programmed it to go down at night, which will save you a lot of money in the long run.

5. Access to Information

It will tell you what temperature your house is currently at in each space. You can find the programmed settings for various times of the day and night, along with a weekly or daily schedule, which can be changed with the touch of a finger. If your filter needs changing or you need HVAC servicing, you will have all the information at-a-glance. With a good programmable thermostat, you will always know what is going on with your energy usage.

Why Choose MillTown to Install Your New Thermostat?

  • Over 40 years of experience serving Northeastern MA and Southern NH
  • Prompt & Professional service
  • Upfront pricing
  • 24/7 emergency service

Call us today to schedule your service! 

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