mimi split air conditionerConventional air conditioning systems waste up to 40 percent of the energy they use through losses in the air duct system. By eliminating ducts, mini split air conditioners offer a more efficient alternative that’s easy to install in existing homes, new homes or additions. If you’re considering mini split air conditioners for your home, here are a few things you should know beforehand.

Installation Requirements

Mini split air conditioners are installed in two sections, an outdoor condenser unit and one or more interior air handlers that can be wall- or ceiling-mounted. The two halves are connected by refrigerant lines and electrical cables through a 4- to 6-inch opening, allowing a flexible installation in nearly any room with very little construction required. There are no ducts or vents to add, and the cool air is delivered directly where it’s needed.

Energy Efficiency

Because mini split systems eliminate the ductwork, they’re typically 30 to 40 percent more efficient than standard systems, resulting in significantly lower cooling costs.


Mini split systems tend to cost up to 30 percent more than traditional air conditioning solutions, though the higher initial price can easily be earned back through long-term energy savings. They are also one of the most cost-effective ways to add cooling to an addition or to a home without air ducts, such as those heated by electric, hot water or steam systems.

Optional Zoning

Mini split air conditioners are available as single-zone systems, with a condenser unit and a single air handler, or as multiple-zone systems, with a condenser unit and several interior air handlers. With a multiple-zone system, an entire house can be cooled, with each zone having independent temperature controls. Cooling costs can then be reduced by keeping some areas at higher temperatures than frequently used rooms.

To learn more about mini split air conditioners, talk to our HVAC professionals at Conditioned Air, serving Southwest Florida.


a/c maintenanceNow that the main cooling season is over in Southwest Florida, it’s a good time to do some routine maintenance to your air conditioning system to prepare it for next year. It’s best to have a professional inspect and maintain the system, especially if it was not done at the beginning of the season, but there are several air conditioner maintenance tasks that you can do yourself to prepare the system for winter.

Clean the Condenser Coils

Over the fall and winter months, grass, leaves and dirt can find their way into the condenser coils, preventing proper airflow when the system is running and trapping moisture that can lead to corrosion when the system is idle. Once every 6 months or so, it’s a good idea to shut off power to the air conditioner and remove any debris that’s stuck in the coils, the system fan or around the compressor. Once the large debris has been removed, spray away smaller debris with a garden hose, using a commercial coil cleaning solution if necessary. Remove any large objects that are within two feet of the condenser unit, and trim any grass, bushes or other vegetation within the area to promote proper airflow when the system is running.

Change the Air Filter

Changing the air filter regularly is one of the most important air conditioner maintenance tasks, because it not only protects the system from harmful particles in the air, it also helps improve air quality. Before retiring the system for the cooler weather, make sure to install a new air filter or clean the reusable filter.

Clean the Condensate Drain

Any moisture that is removed from the air as the air conditioner operates is collected in a drip tray and disposed of through the condensate drain, which can easily become clogged with dirt or algae. Carefully clean the condensate drain and make sure that there is no residual moisture.

For more air conditioner maintenance tips, talk to our team at Conditioned Air, serving the Southwest Florida region.


save energyWith the mild weather of fall, now is the perfect time to make a few improvements around your home. If you are suffering from high utility bills, here are four easy ways that you can reduce energy consumption in your Southwest Florida home:

Have Your HVAC System Serviced

Things like clogged air filters, poorly-lubricated blower motors and dirty condenser or evaporator coils can make your HVAC system work harder than necessary to keep you comfortable, increasing your energy consumption and utility bills. To save energy and extend the life of your system, have an HVAC professional inspect it and perform any routine maintenance that may be required. After the visit, check the air filter often and change it as necessary to keep your system running efficiently.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

By adjusting the temperature in your home while you are at work or asleep, you can reduce the energy consumption of your HVAC system by as much as 10 percent. A programmable thermostat is the easy way to do this, as it can automatically adjust the temperature, then return it to normal so that your home is comfortable when you come back from work or wake up. In warm weather raise the temperature 10 to 15 degrees, and in cool weather reduce it.

Seal and Insulate Your Home

Air leaks can significantly increase energy usage in any season by allowing conditioned air to escape and outside air to enter.. Use weatherstripping and caulk to seal around drafty windows or doors, and use caulk or expanding foam insulation to seal penetrations made for pipes, cables, dryer vents and other openings in your exterior walls. Have your insulation levels checked, especially in the floors, walls and attic, and add more if necessary.

Reduce Your Water Heater Temperature

Many water heaters are set to 140 degrees or higher from the factory, which not only wastes energy but also may cause scalding. A setting of 120 degrees can reduce your costs, while still providing plenty of hot water.

For more ways to reduce energy consumption, talk to our HVAC professionals at Conditioned Air today.