Watching Those Filters

Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioners: Questions On Functions & Maintenance

Known for being highly efficient and convenient to install, ductless mini split air conditioners are prized among homeowners who have a modest space to keep cool. Take a look at some of the common questions about the functions of these modern cooling systems and how they should be maintained over the long term. 

Do mini split air conditioners remove humidity from a space?

Much like regular central air systems, ductless mini split units do reduce humidity in your home by removing moisture from the collected air that is funneled outside. This is actually a vital part of making the space feel cooler. 

How often should you clean the filter on your mini split AC?

There are no hard and fast rules for when you should clean the filter on your ductless mini split because every environment will collect dust and debris at a different rate. Most homeowners will just occasionally visually inspect the unit for dirt and clean it if needed. Cleaning the filter should be done by:

  1. Carefully removing the filter from its receptacle
  2. Shaking off any loose debris into the trash
  3. Using a clean, slightly damp cloth to wipe away any dirt particles

If your filter will not come clean or appears damaged, go ahead and pick up a replacement. Remember, operating your mini split system with a dirty filter will drastically reduce its ability to keep your home cool efficiently. Therefore, cleaning the filter should be something that is not disregarded. 

Should you clean the pipes outside of the mini split system?

The pipes that are connected externally to your ductless mini split definitely should be kept as clean as possible. Their position outside of the home often leaves these pipes unchecked, but pipes that are caked with debris and buildup can have problems that go unnoticed for long periods of time. 

Is it true mini splits function best when they are not close to furniture?

If your mini split is situated in the wall, it is always best if you do not block it by big pieces of furniture. Larger furniture pieces will block the natural airflow of the unit, which means it will compromise the unit's ability to properly distribute cold air when it is in use. 

Overall, a ductless mini split AC is a good way to keep your home comfortable. Reach out to an air conditioning maintenance service with a state contractor license number CAC 1816975 for further information.