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6 Tips for Your Ductless Mini-Split System This Winter

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As the temperature drops, give your ductless mini-split system extra care this season to reduce the added stress of wear and tear from winter operations. Our team at BVSM Heating & Air Conditioning understands the importance of safeguarding your system to ensure reliable and safe operation you can count on. That’s why we’ve gathered tasks and considerations for your winter preparation checklist.

Here are six tips to help you ensure safe and reliable operation throughout the winter season.

We keep your ductless mini-split system in top shape. Call BVSM at 724-417-9550 for ductless mini-split maintenance in Beaver County, PA. 

Install Your System in an Area With Protective Coverage

Your ductless mini-split system functions by using outdoor air, drawing it in to regulate temperatures within your indoor living environment. During the winter months, snowfall becomes a threat to the efficient and effective operation of your system. When snow accumulates on your system, it prevents your ductless mini-split system from absorbing outdoor air that is heated and transferred into your home.

Installing your unit in a safe and covered environment like an overhang or roof ensures you receive reliable winter heating. Checking that your system is cleared after heavy snow is a good practice to ensure your home is warm and cozy.

Elevate the Outdoor Unit

Nothing is more beautiful than a pristine layer of white snow, except when it impacts your home heating. After hours of snowfall, your system can risk being buried, reducing the airflow needed to keep your home warm. To prevent the risk of system exposure to ground-level snow, we recommend having your outdoor unit installed on an elevated space — at least two feet off the ground.

Enable Ductless Mini-Split Defrosting

Your system comes with a level of self-defrosting protection, but it’s important to turn those settings on in the winter. If you can access the condenser control, set your ductless mini-split system to defrost, which helps to reduce the risk of frost buildup on your condenser coils from moisture. Doing so ensures your system operates efficiently to deliver reliable services and prevent ice buildup and other winter-related issues.

Lower Your Indoor Unit

It may come as a surprise, but lowering your indoor unit has many benefits, including allowing your system to operate at maximum capacity. Make sure your unit is mounted at least 18 inches above ground level. This allows warm air to enter your room at a lower level, circulating upward for more through heating from floor to ceiling comfort.

Pro tip: Keep the area in front of your indoor heating system clear of furniture and other obstructions to ensure optimal heating.

Get Protection With an Insulated Cover

One of the best ways to protect your ductless mini-split system from the outdoors is with an insulated cover. These covers protect your system from cold temperatures, ensuring it operates efficiently all winter.

Clean and Replace Your Air Filters

It’s the last on the list and probably one of the easiest things you can do to ensure the performance of your system remains consistent. Over time, debris, dust, and buildup of allergens can clog your filters. Cleaning and replacing filters as needed keeps your system operating at its best, maintaining optimal airflow, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality.

Reliable HVAC Services With BVSM Heating & Air Conditioning

At BVSM, we are committed to keeping your HVAC systems operating at peak efficiency, including comprehensive services for your ductless mini-split systems. With expert installation, repairs, and maintenance, our skilled, experienced, and knowledgeable technicians determine and address your heating issues with prompt, quality services. By scheduling maintenance service during late fall to early winter, you can proactively take the right measures to protect the comfort of your home and the reliability of your system.

Schedule ductless mini-split services with BVSM for your Beaver County home by calling 724-417-9550 today! 

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