Many homeowners think that their ductless air conditioners or heat pumps are simply there to ensure that they get the cooling they want during the hot summer months and the heating they need during the cold winter months. Well, it’s time to understand that there are other great things your ductless unit is doing that you may not have considered.

Ductless & Indoor Air Quality

Sure, ductless air conditioners and heat pumps do a great job heating and cooling your home, but did you know that they have a dramatic affect on the air quality in your home? Each ductless unit in your home has a filtration system that ensures all the air that passes through the system is filtered. That means dust, pet hair, pet dander and any other allergens or airborne particles are filtered out of the air in your home. As a result you and your family get fresher and cleaner air to breathe.

As the first heatwave of summer is upon us you’ll be relying on your air conditioner to keep your family cool and comfortable. When temperatures rise into the high 20s and 30s your air conditioner and HVAC system have to work even harder to maintain your specific temperature setting.

Keeping your air conditioner and HVAC system in good working order is the best way to make sure it works when you need it to. There’s nothing worse than sitting through a heatwave while waiting for an HVAC professional to come and fix your air conditioner. Remember lots of people have air conditioners that break during heat waves so most HVAC companies, especially reputable ones like Dr. Ductless, get booked up much quicker than they normally do.

4 Ways To Keep Your Air Conditioner Running

  1. Professional Air Conditioner Maintenance: In the spring, before summer is here, it’s important to have your air conditioner and HVAC system tuned up by a professional. It might not seem like a big deal, but it’s essential to have specific things done by a professional so your system is running as efficiently as possible. Some parts can be damaged if not cleaned properly, which is why a professional from a reputable company like Dr. Ductless should be tasked with your air conditioner maintenance.
  2. Replace Your Air Filters: Your air conditioner and HVAC system might have one or more air filters that need to be changed or cleaned on a regular basis. This is one of the easiest things that you can do to maintain the efficiency of your air conditioner and HVAC system. Replacing the filter also helps to reduce the amount of dust, pollen and other allergens in your home. Overall, a clean HVAC filter ensures that all the internal parts of your system are dust free and clean.
  3. Stop Tinkering With Your Thermostat: Find a comfortable temperature for your home and then leave your thermostat alone. Once you find that temperature it’s important to set it for times during the day when you’re actually home. When you’re not home set your thermostat to maintain a higher temperature so it uses less energy. A programmable thermostat should only be adjusted if your habits change and you find yourself home during an irregular time. Overall, once you set it the less you tamper with it means that your air conditioner and HVAC system will run more efficiently.
  4. Cover Your Windows: Blinds, shades, curtains or any other type of window covering help keep the sun out during the day when it’s very hot. When the sun shines through a window it turns your home into a fishbowl and super-heats the air. As a result, your air conditioner has to work extra hard to cool your home. Planting trees and other foliage in your yard to block the sun can also help.

For more information about how to keep your air conditioner working efficiently all summer or to book a maintenance or repair appointment contact Dr. Ductless today: 416.477.7251. Dr. Ductless has been providing HVAC services in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

Having two systems in your home to handle the heating and cooling is common practice in Toronto and the GTA. Whether it’s a furnace and central air conditioner or ductless air conditioning with a boiler, there are all kinds of ways to mix and match complex HVAC systems to suit your needs. There are even combi boilers that manage your home’s hot water and heating. The trick is finding the right balance based on your home’s design and your needs.

Is Your Home Designed To Pair Ductless Air Conditioning With A Boiler?

Knowing what to look for in terms of compatibility is important. Luckily, ductless air conditioners are known for their versatility in where they can be installed. Ask yourself:

  • Where are the warmest spots in my home?
  • Do I have more than one level in my home?
  • What am I currently using to cool my home?

These questions help to better determine where a ductless unit would be best placed. If you have an upstairs with a stuffy back bedroom as well as a warm living room on the main floor, you might need more than one interior unit to manage those hot summer days. You see, ductless air conditioning is best used for spot heating and cooling, which means it’s a concentrated way of controlling the temperature in a given area. If your home has multiple hot zones that aren’t close together, it might make sense to add another interior unit to help address the issue.

If you have an air conditioner in place, ductless can still be an option. It’s just important to know what you currently have in place before potentially doubling up in the wrong area of your home. Ductless can either be a support system to what you have in place or be strategically installed as your main source of air conditioning. It’s always best to consult with a pro. They should be able to take the time to assess your home and go over which options make sense based on these factors.

Ductless Air Conditioning With A Boiler Is Our Specialty

Give us a call at 416.477.7251. Our team of dedicated professionals has been serving Toronto and the GTA for more than 30 years. When it comes to installing ductless air conditioning with a boiler, furnace, or combi boiler, Dr. Ductless is second to none. We’d love to help.

Adding a new air conditioner to your home isn’t a decision you should take lightly. Whatever you decide will be your main source of comfort for the next decade at least. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what a ductless air conditioner has to offer and if it’s right for you.

What Is A Ductless Air Conditioner?

This one is easy. Ductless units are compact systems designed to pull in air from outside your home and distribute cool air inside. It consists of 2 main components. The first is an indoor unit you can control with a remote to set your optimal temperature. The second is an outdoor condenser responsible for pulling in the air that will be cooled and distributed inside.

Ductless Air Conditioner: Works Well Alone Or With Existing Options

Choosing to go ductless isn’t a major change of pace to what you currently have in place. Whether it’s central air or a window model, ductless air conditioners don’t require an existing system to piggyback off of. Instead, these can be used in collaboration with your current form of A/C or as a new solution altogether. Here are the 2 scenarios:

– I have an air conditioner but need a boost

In this case, you’ll want to work with a pro to establish which area of your home you need to focus on. If you have a back bedroom that is always the warmest in the summer, you may want to start there. Ductless is best used for spot cooling, which is perfect for helping beat the heat in a given area. Plus, this will save you some money as it will require your central air to run at a higher temperature, rather than try to cool the entire home. And don’t worry, ductless units are specially designed to keep the amount of energy they use to a minimum.

– I don’t have any air conditioning at all

Don’t worry, ductless air conditioners can still help you out. You just need to be a bit more strategic. Instead of placing your indoor unit in a single room, it might work best in a hallway that feeds into a few different areas. Alternatively, a living room works best. If your home is just too big for a single unit, multiple indoor units are always an option. Just check with your HVAC professional to get their recommendation before any installations actually begin.

Let The Experts At Dr. Ductless Install Your Ductless Air Conditioner

After more than 30 years of installing, maintaining, repairing Toronto and the GTA’s HVAC, we aren’t slowing down anytime soon. Call 416.477.7251 to learn more about how ductless air conditioners may be the answer you need this summer.

It’s no secret that cottages can get a bit drafty. So what do you do about it? If you’re cranking the heating in the fall or winter months, that could lead to more expensive energy bills without really making that much of a difference. Plus, other rooms might get too warm. Cottage ductless installation makes much more sense.

Heat A Given Area With Cottage Ductless Installation

Whether it’s a chilly bedroom on the second floor or your living room with all the windows on the main floor, installing a ductless heat pump changes everything. Once properly assessed by a professional, you can determine which area of your cottage would benefit most from having a boost in heat. You can even have multiple units installed around your property to forgo having HVAC altogether. It’s completely up to you.

Heat pumps pull in air from the outdoors and warm it to the desired temperature before distributing it to the rooms closest to the unit. This is all easily controlled by your remote, where you can adjust the temperature to best fit your needs. Based on the size of your cottage, one well-placed interior unit is often enough to get the job done. If you’re worried about noise, they make next to none. Most people have them in a bedroom that might be near the back of a home and sleep like babies because they are well known for being quiet. The outdoor compressor makes virtually no noise at all, so you won’t be turning up the volume on your TV every time the heat kicks in.

Let The Experts Handle Your Cottage Ductless Installation

Trying to install a system like this on your own is possible, but never recommended by anyone who’s actually done it before. While online tutorials might make it look easy, you also need to have a bit of strategy in where to install the inside and outside units. Putting them in the wrong place might not be as efficient and result in poor results or higher energy bills.

Our expert team is here to help. We’ve been serving Toronto and the GTA for more than 30 years now. Give us a call at 416.477.7251. We’d be happy to help by answering any questions you have or dispatching a trained professional to assess your situation in person. Together, we can go over your options before you commit to any cottage ductless installation decisions.

Saving money is important when you live in a growing city like Toronto and the GTA. With the mayor projecting an approximate 70,000 new people each year moving in, it’s no secret that prices aren’t dropping anytime soon when it comes to housing. Luckily, you can put a little more money in your pocket by choosing the right affordable heating system for your home. Heat pumps are great for that.

Affordable Heating Systems Are Great For Saving

Not everyone is a trained HVAC technician, so let’s take a moment to review the different ways of heating a home below, including:

  • furnace
  • boiler/combi-boiler
  • fireplace (gas/electric)
  • wood-burning stove
  • heat pump

Now that the basics are out of the way, we can all recall experiencing one or more of these in our lifetime. However, heat pumps have been growing in popularity due to their multiple benefits. A heat pump is designed for spot heating the immediate area where it is located. Think of this as being a very powerful space heater that can be set to any temperature your heart desires. It is a sleek and subtle unit that is mounted high on a wall and connected to a compressor outside. Cold air is pulled into the unit, heated, and then distributed to the room inside your home. What makes it an affordable heating system though is that it requires less energy to operate.

Think about a furnace for example. A furnace needs to generate enough hot air to reach every room in a home. A heat pump only needs to keep the immediate area warm. This leads to less energy being used and smaller bills for you each month. It’s also easier to install. Unlike a boiler, furnace or wood-burning stove, heat pumps are an affordable heating system because they don’t rely on ductwork or pipes that carry heat to all areas of a home. This simplified solution saves you from installing vents or ductwork and keeps overall costs lower – just be sure to hire a professional to handle the installation.

Need An Affordable Heating System Installed? Call Dr. Ductless

Investing in your home is always a good idea, and that starts with making the right decisions for installing any major systems like HVAC. Our team can help with that. We’ve been installing, repairing, and maintaining Toronto’s heat pumps for more than 30 years now. Just give us a call at 416.477.7251 to get started. We’d be more than happy to answer any questions you have so you can make informed decisions. Put our experience to work for you today.

It’s almost spring time in Toronto, which means your ductless mini-split air conditioning system likely needs a tune-up or needs to be sent to that big appliance recycling bin in the sky. Even if you have a running ductless mini-split air conditioning system, it might make sense to replace it due to how inefficiently it’s been running.

What Is A Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning System?

A ductless mini-split air conditioning system relies on the expansion and contraction of refrigerant moving through a closed system. That’s fairly technical, but in a nutshell that refrigerant removes heat from the air in your home, which in turn cools it down. Instead of pushing cold air through long networks of ducts and vents, a ductless mini-split air conditioning system cools the air right where it’s needed most. As a result it’s very efficient at cooling the spaces you use.

Whether you have a ductless air conditioning system or a central air conditioning system , it might be time to look at your options. Here are five good reasons to switch to a ductless mini-split air conditioning system.

The Big Secret of Mini-Splits and Five Other Reasons to Own Them

The neat thing about most ductless mini-split air conditioners is that they’re actually heat pumps, rather than just air conditioners. A heat pump is nearly identical to an air conditioner, but it has the ability to switch from cold to hot with a switching valve that can change whether it’s pushing hot air into a room or pulling it out.

These are other great reasons to install a mini-split system this spring:

  • Cool the spaces that weren’t built into your home’s original ductwork – Your old Toronto home might not have the ability to have a central air conditioning system installed at an affordable price. Because mini-splits are inexpensive to acquire and need very little in the way of installation, your garage, workshop, added-on rec room, attic conversion and so many other spaces can finally be appropriately climate controlled. The small size of the units and tiny holes that are required to connect the indoor unit to the outdoor one make them good for almost any room.
  • Custom climate control for any room – Each indoor mini-split unit is essentially its own system, which means you can set each one to a different temperature without wasting energy cooling down your entire house. No more trying to balance your 80-degree office with your 70-degree living room, they can both cruise at a comfortable 72 degrees all the time, or even just when you’re using them.
  • Save money and use less energy – Saving energy and money tend to go hand-in-hand. Ductwork can be both a bit leaky and also just inefficient due to a lack of insulation, while ductless mini-split air conditioners are much more efficient than their central cooling counterparts. According to Fujitsu, just one manufacturer of these units, homeowners generally see a savings of up to 24 percent on their utility bills when they make the switch to ductless.
  • Ductless intelligence – Smart home technology isn’t anything new, but it has yet to gain wide acceptance in the heating and air space. Ductless mini-splits are often fully loaded with WiFi controls and other features that allow them to connect to smart home systems.
  • Reliability –  Because they have so few moving parts and no ductwork to speak of, mini-splits rarely suffer significant breakdowns. They’re easy to maintain and they only need a little bit of attention throughout the year.

Dr. Ductless Will Help You Get More Efficient

If you’re looking for a heating or air conditioning solution for your spare room or your whole house, a ductless mini-split may be the right answer. You’ll need a good installer. Dr. Ductless has over 35 years of experience installing, maintaining and repairing ductless mini-split air conditioning system and heat pump systems throughout Toronto and the GTA. Call us for a free estimate: 1.866.482.2767 (1.866.HVAC.SOS)

Do you have a broken ductless air conditioner? It’s far more common than you might think. Over the fall and winter we may not use our ductless air conditioners to the same extent that we do in the summer, but they still experience wear and tear. Sadly, they don’t get the same maintenance and cleaning because the impression is that they don’t need it in the winter.

During the fall and winter months many of our customers use their ductless air conditioners to circulate and filter the air in their homes or even to actually cool them off if they get too hot (ie when the oven is on). Overall, there are numerous reasons why people use their ductless air conditioners in the fall and winter, which is why it’s important to ensure proper maintenance in the spring.

Avoid A Broken Ductless Air Conditioner

As mentioned, ductless air conditioner maintenance is important, but why?

When you properly maintain your ductless air conditioner you ensure that it’s running as efficiently as possible. That means it uses as little energy as possible to perform it’s primary function of cooling your home or circulating the air. In using such little energy you’ll be lowering your energy bill and in turn actually saving a ton of money each month.

On top of that, regular maintenance can save you even more money by helping to avoid costly repairs. A properly maintained ductless air conditioner will need fewer repairs during it’s working life and definitely fewer major repairs, outside of replacing worn out components and small things like that.

Call Dr. Ductless If You Have A Broken Ductless Air Conditioner

At Dr. Ductless we have over 35 years of experience with repairing ductless air conditioning systems and ductless air conditioners. That means we have the knowledge and experience to get your unit fixed properly and quickly. Call today for a free estimate or emergency services: 1.866.482.2767 (1.866.HVAC.SOS)

So, you’re finally taking the advice of neighbours, friends or family and getting a ductless air conditioner or heat pump. Ductless installation is an investment you won’t regret, but it’s important to ensure that you have the right company working for you when you need to have a new ductless unit installed in your home. Choosing the wrong company may lead to regrets, but here are some questions you should ask that can help you avoid that.

Is the ductless installation company bonded and insured?

It might seem like a question that doesn’t need asking, but believe us…you need to ask. There are lots of ductless installation companies out there just flying by the seat of their pants without insurance. This means that if a worker is injured while in your home, you can be liable for their injuries and on the hook for medical bills and other claims. But, you guessed it. Dr. Ductless HVAC technicians are all 100% bonded and insured, so you have nothing to worry about. (Bonded workers are legitimate, legal and registered to work in Canada)

Which zones will a new ductless installation cover?

If you’re making assumptions about what your ductless installation company knows in terms of what you want, then you’re making a mistake. You need to have a clear conversation with them about what spaces in your home will be covered with your new ductless installation. Whether you need ductless heating, ductless cooling or both. Ask them how many rooms will be serviced, so they can adjust their design, installation and quote accordingly.

What’s their timeline for ductless installation?

Any ductless installation company should be able to provide you with a timeline as to when they can start the work and how long it will take. For the most part this timeline can be trusted and ask them to be frank with you if there are changes at all. There may also be provisions worked in if they have a general sense of things that might lead to delays.

What about the efficiency of my ductless installation?

First off efficiency is a very important aspect of your ductless installation. Efficiency relates to how much energy your ductless units will use in order to perform their basic functions. The more efficient your ductless units are, the less energy they will use. In ductless units this is measure by a SEER rating, which is a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Overall, these units are better for the environment and will cost you much less on your monthly energy bills.

How much will my ductless installation cost?

Get this in writing. Ask them straight up for a quote in writing, so they have to stick to it. If they expect there will be additional charges, get a rough estimate for them as well just in case. This allows you not only to budget for the ductless services, but also holds the ductless company accountable.

Overall, if you want to work with a company that properly checks off all of these boxes, you’ve come to the right blog. Dr. Ductless has over 35 years of experience installing ductless units. We provide you with a free estimate, a detailed timeline, will discuss the efficiency of your new ductless units, explain how they will be zoned and we are fully insured and bonded. Call us today for more details or to schedule an appointment: 1.866.482.2767 (1.866.HVAC.SOS)

Many homeowners think that their ductless air conditioners or heat pumps are simply there to ensure that they get the cooling they want during the hot summer months and the heating they need during the cold winter months. Well, it’s time to understand that there are other great things your ductless unit is doing that you may not have considered.

Ductless & Indoor Air Quality

Sure, ductless air conditioners and heat pumps do a great job heating and cooling your home, but did you know that they have a dramatic affect on the air quality in your home? Each ductless unit in your home has a filtration system that ensures all the air that passes through the system is filtered. That means dust, pet hair, pet dander and any other allergens or airborne particles are filtered out of the air in your home. As a result you and your family get fresher and cleaner air to breathe.

Ductless Heat Extraction

Central air conditioners and furnaces use energy from your home to create cool and warm air for your home, which is fine, but that’s no how ductless units work. Ductless heating and cooling systems extract heat from the existing interior environment, making them more energy-efficient and cost-effective. Overall, your ductless air conditioners will save you money over time and reduce your carbon footprint by using much less energy. In turn this also reduces the amount you have to pay on your energy bills each month.

Ductless Environmental Impact

Some ductless manufacturers utilize energy-saving technologies to reduce the amount of CO2 they emit, while others are increasing air quality by decreasing the number of harmful emissions during manufacturing of ductless heating and cooling systems. That means, by purchasing a ductless air conditioner or heat pump you know that your product was actually manufactured with the environment in mind. Additionally, these products are very energy-efficient, which means they use much less energy when you have them turned on.

Overall, there are lots of reasons to use ductless technology, so what are you waiting for. Give us a call for more information about ductless or to get a free quote today: 1.866.482.2767