The ductless mini-split is the perfect solution for Dublin homeowners with no ductwork. The cost of putting ductwork into a home not originally designed for it is prohibitive—it just doesn’t make sense. Still, a cool, air conditioned home is essential here in the California summer climate. Luckily, a properly installed ductless mini-split system will keep your house just as cool as it would be with a traditional ducted AC system, and you’ll save energy and money.
Ductless Mini-Split Advantages
- Energy efficiency: Forced-air (ducted) cooling systems can experience significant energy loss through the ducts running throughout the home. Dublin homeowners can expect lower energy bills with ductless mini-split units.
- Ideal for zoned cooling: Zoning allows you to cool only the rooms you’re using at any given time, which means you save energy and money without compromising comfort.
- Increased air quality: Ductless systems are filtered, which decreases dust and airborne allergens in your Dublin area home.
- Enhanced home safety: Window AC units can provide entry points for burglary. The only wall opening needed for a mini-split is roughly 3″ wide, for the connecting conduit to pass through.
- Quiet and compact: The AC component that makes noise is located outside your home. The small, compact indoor unit can be located out of sight inside the rooms of your house, located high on the wall, for example.
- Easy installation: Professional mini-split installation is simple and quick.
How Your Mini-Split is Installed
A variety of easy installation and set-up options are another set of advantages you’ll enjoy with a mini-split system. Professional installers will ensure that you have the right number of indoor AC units connected to a single outdoor unit.
Each indoor unit cools one room or zone of the house. Choose from location options like ceiling mounted (flush or suspended), wall mounted or floor-standing indoor units that run quietly and take up little-to-no room space.
Indoor and outdoor mini-split components are connected by a conduit that passes through a tiny opening in your wall. Running through the conduit are power wiring, refrigerant lines and a condensate drain tube.
Get Expert Mini-Split Installation in Dublin, CA
Contact Moore Mechanical for ductless mini-split installation. We also serve the communities of Concord, Alameda, Fremont, Berkeley, Hayward, Livermore, Brentwood, Pleasanton, Walnut Creek and surrounding areas. Call us at 925-307-6479 today!
You’ve surely heard a lot in recent years about making your home more energy-efficient, but did you know you can save significant amounts of money by switching out your air conditioner? Cooling season is upon us in the East Bay, so now is a great time to consider replacing your current central air conditioner with a more energy-efficient model.
Keep reading below to learn why you might want to install a high-efficiency air conditioner in your East Bay area home this spring!
Benefits of Installing a High-Efficiency Air Conditioner
- Lower energy bills: If you have an older air conditioner, it likely isn’t very energy-efficient. Upgrading to a newer model will help lower your energy bills because your unit will use less energy to cool your home!
- Fewer greenhouse gas emissions: Since high-efficiency air conditioners use less energy to do the same job as less efficient models, your AC unit will emit fewer greenhouse gases. This is, of course, better for the environment.
- Less noise: High-efficiency models, like those in the Carrier Infinity Series, are much quieter than older, bulkier models.
These are just some of the benefits of installing a more energy-efficient air conditioner in your home. Contact an HVAC professional for more details!
A Note on SEER Ratings
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios, or SEER Ratings, measure an HVAC unit’s cooling output in a typical cooling season divided by the total energy output. In other words, it measures how much energy it takes to cool a home—the higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient it is. In the State of California, packaged air conditioners must have a minimum rating of 14. Older models often have ratings of 6 or less, meaning that upgrading to a standard, modern air conditioner will improve your energy efficiency greatly. It typically costs more up front to purchase an air conditioner with a very high SEER rating (above 16), so it depends on your family’s needs and your budget whether it makes sense to by a high-efficiency model.
Still Have Questions about Energy-Efficient Air Conditioners?
There’s no doubt that upgrading from an older AC unit to a modern one will lower your energy bills and improve your home comfort, but deciding exactly what model to purchase can seem like a daunting task. Call the experts at Moore Mechanical and we’ll help you sort through all the information out there about energy-efficient air conditioners and decide what’s best for your family. We’ve been proud to serve our friends and neighbors since 1985, and we’ll continue to serve the East Bay’s heating and cooling needs for years to come. Contact us today!
You probably know that it’s necessary to get annual or bi-annual maintenance for your air conditioner. Routine maintenance checks assure quirks are squashed before they become full-blown problems, which can save you lots of time and money this summer. But did you know that an AC maintenance plan (also known as a Preventative Maintenance Plan) is your best bet to keep your AC running as long as possible? Even if you’ve never experienced any problems with your AC unit, you still need to get a tune-up every now and then. Continue reading “Benefits of Investing in an AC Maintenance Plan” »
The energy efficient air conditioner you installed in the 1990s probably wouldn’t be considered energy efficient today. Advancements in technology and higher standards for energy savings have improved the performance of air conditioning systems exponentially in the past two decades.
How Low Can You Go?
The energy efficiency of air conditioners is measured by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating system.
SEER can be explained this way:
SEER = (Total cooling output over a cooling season) / (Total energy output over a cooling season)
The higher the rating, the more energy efficient the air conditioner is. But the air conditioner that’s right for your home won’t always be the one with the highest SEER rating. The size and age of your home, how it is sited, and more, need to be factored into the decision.
In order to be ENERGY STAR® qualified, an air conditioner must have a SEER rating of 14.5 or higher. At Moore Mechanical, we install Carrier air conditioners, which have SEER ratings from 13-21.
Energy Efficient AC Advantages
We always recommend to our clients that they get the most energy-efficient air conditioner they can afford. Why? Installing an energy efficient air conditioner has several advantages.
- Superior performance – the more energy efficient your AC system is, the more advanced its features are. Some energy efficient Carrier air conditioners are equipped with variable-speed compressors that can run at as low as 25 percent capacity—while keeping your home perfectly comfortable.
- Longer lifespan – because of their increased efficiencies, energy efficient air conditioners cycle on and off less frequently and tend to have less wear and tear over time. And because they perform so well, they don’t need to be replaced as soon or as often as less efficient systems.
- Lower energy bills – the more energy-efficient your air conditioner is, the more you’ll save in energy costs over the life of the system. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that a new, high-efficiency air conditioner can reduce the energy you use for cooling your home up to 20-50 percent.
- Environmentally-friendly refrigerant – air conditioners manufactured after 2010 no longer use ozone-damaging refrigerant. Instead they are equipped with R410a, which is safer for the environment.
Carrier Energy Efficient Air Conditioners
Carrier’s air conditioners are available in three series.
- Carrier Infinity® Series Air Conditioners. The quietest, most efficient Carrier air conditioners are part of the Infinity® series, with SEER ratings ranging from 16 to 21.
- Carrier Performance™ Series Air Conditioners. Carrier’s Performance™ series boasts dependable air conditioners in trim sizes that perform like champs, with SEER ratings from 13 to 17.
- Carrier Comfort™ Series Air Conditioners. The Comfort™ Series features Carrier’s most economical air conditioners, with SEER ratings from 13 to 16.
Learn More About Energy Efficient Home Comfort
To learn more about energy use and find the right energy efficient air conditioner for your home, call Moore Mechanical at 925-307-6479 or contact us online!