The Mini Split: Nothing to Do With Romance

Have you heard about the Mini Split? And no it’s not a break-up after a short-term romance. Or you might think it has something to do with chopping wood. No, that’s not the case either.

The Mini-Split is an amazing solution for cooling a room, garage, office or small space. Especially when it’s an add-on to a home or office building you already have.


And here’s why.

Mini splits are practical. That’s because they are easy-to-install, low maintenance and easy to access. And they are virtually self-contained and less intrusive than a window unit. They operate like a split system with an outdoor condenser connected to an indoor wall unit or ceiling cassette.

Mini splits are cost effective and efficient, particularly when you compare them to the cost of expanding a central AC system and its ductwork. Also, they only use the energy they need, and because they are ductless, you don’t risk the 30% loss of energy consumption that often comes with a duct system.

Mini splits are great for these applications:
Conference Room
Garage / Work Area
Or even, your entire home.

Call today to schedule your free estimate. 561-746-7211

Making Smart Choices on a New HVAC System

Did you know that 50% or more of your energy bill comes from one of your biggest investments for your home or business… your HVAC system? That’s why it’s so important to make intelligent decisions when it’s time to buy a new one.

What Type of HVAC System Should You Choose?

There are four primary types of systems in South Florida: 1. AC Split Systems, 2. Heat Pump Split Systems, 3. Duct-Free Mini Splits and 4. Packaged Heating and AC Systems. Unless you are building a new home or doing an addition, the type of system in your existing home will largely determine what type of system will be the likely replacement.

The first two require indoor and outdoor units and ductwork in your home or building to transfer the air. A heat pump system can be more energy efficient and is ideal in moderate weather because it uses outside air to heat or cool the home.

The latter two are self-contained single units. Duct-free mini splits are ideal for garages, additions, offices and other isolated areas that can’t handle ductwork. They might be a little pricier but are still energy efficient. A packaged system still relies on ductwork and is usually installed on a roof or concrete slab near the foundation.

HVAC System JupiterWhat about size?

It’s crucial to your wallet and your comfort that you choose the right size unit for your home or business. A/C units are measured in tons, which do not refer to weight, but rather to the amount of heat they can remove from a house or building in one hour. To calculate the proper tonnage, a “Manual J” energy calculation is required. Check out this info graphic.

So when is it time to buy?

The obvious answer is when it keeps breaking down and you’re facing expensive repairs. But also consider these two factors:
1) Is it more than 6-8 years old? Even if it hasn’t stopped working, it might make sense for you to replace it. New units are quieter, more powerful, and most importantly, more energy-efficient, which also means lower energy bills. Plus, you might qualify for rebates or tax breaks.
2) Does it use R22 Freon? The federal government is phasing out R22 in order to conserve energy nationwide, which means the cost of this type of refrigerant is going up significantly. Eventually, you’ll have to replace your unit in order to switch over to the new refrigerant (R410A), but it may still save you money to do it now.

Need Help with Your AC Decisions?

All these choices can get confusing. At TRAVERSAIR, we love educating our community about how to be savvy system shoppers. Call us today at 561-746-7221.

8 Tips For Hiring The Right HVAC Contractor For Your Air Conditioning Replacement

The average person replaces their HVAC system only 1.5 times in their lifetime. If you need your air conditioning system replaced, but you haven’t been through the process before, it may seem like a daunting task.

One of the most important aspects of an HVAC system replacement is choosing the right HVAC contractor for the job.

Having a checklist of this things to look for when evaluating the prospective HVAC contractor can make the process go much smoother.


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