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Ductless Mini Splits: Tips for Boosting Performance in a Colder Climate

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 @ 01:58 PM

Ductless mini splits are becoming increasingly popular in cold climates like Ohio. Advanced technology allows them to run more efficiently with no extra effort on your part, but by following these five tips, you can boost performance even further.

  • winter home comfortReduce the heating load: Make an effort to seal air leaks in your home’s outer envelope to give your ductless mini split the head start it needs to operate efficiently.

  • Size the unit correctly: To prevent oversizing the system, give it the power to operate efficiently most of the time by sizing it according to average lows. In Cleveland, the average overnight low from December through March is in the mid-teens to the mid-20s. When the ductless mini split can’t keep up with record low temperatures, the backup electric heat kicks on to ensure you stay warm and comfortable.

  • Prevent snow from blocking the outdoor unit: Mount the unit at least two feet above the ground so snow can accumulate below it. Also, install a roof or overhang above the outdoor ductless mini-split component to catch snow without blocking airflow. Snow blocking the outdoor unit won’t damage it, but it wastes energy sending warm air outside to melt the snow.
  • Size the pipes correctly: The conduits that connect the indoor and outdoor units should be at least 15 feet long to prevent noise transfer from the outdoor unit, but if the tubing is too long, efficiency starts to drop.

For more on installing ductless mini splits in your home, please contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We serve the HVAC needs of homeowners in and around the greater Cleveland area.

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Paul WadsworthPaul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.

The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.

Topics: Cleveland Home Comfort, air leaks, ductless mini splits

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