Ductless mini split technology is growing by leaps and bounds, along with the types of applications that we are finding most popular out in the field. When this energy saving technology first became popular, it was used mostly in small apartments in Europe, South America and Asia, in one to a maximum of two zones. When you’re traveling in these areas of the world, it’s not uncommon to see mini split outdoor units on balconies or rooftops. In some countries – like Spain for example – you can often see what we call “Mini Split Blight,” where outdoor condensers are affixed, like so many pieces of a puzzle, to outside walls of apartment buildings, and the idea of following building codes or HOA rules seem not to be relevant considerations. Thankfully, cities like San Diego and surrounding municipalities require permits for where units can be placed and other safety and aesthetic considerations.
Since the early days of mini split technology, consumer demand has skyrocketed, and the most popular applications have evolved from single and two zone systems to a wide range of uses. Here are the current most popular uses for ductless mini splits:
- New Construction. When adding on a granny flat, art studio, “man cave,” craft room, office or extra bedroom to your existing home, mini splits are becoming the preferred method of adding air conditioning and heating. Some consumers attempt to add on to their existing whole-home HVAC system by extending ducting into new rooms. The main problem with this method is that your existing system was likely “sized” to your home based on square footage and other “load calculation” measurements. The AC condenser, furnace and evap coil may be the right size for your home before the add-on, but not sufficient for the new square footage and changes in sun exposure, window/glass technology and other factors that dictate the ideal system configuration. Adding mini split units for add on construction take the guesswork out of the new square footage equation, because they can be easily sized to the new space without impacting the existing system. And adding in a new mini split also provides a first step in adding on HVAC equipment for maximum energy efficiency – since you can condition the new space only when you need added cooling or heating.
- Areas with No Access to Ductwork. Many installations can’t support adding ductwork to provide heating and cooling to rooms or offices. No attic or crawl space under the house or in an apartment usually means there’s no viable way to run ductwork. The challenge then is where to place the outdoor condenser. Condensers are most commonly placed on rooftops, alongside walkways in yard, and on balconies where HOA rules permit their usage.
- Whole home or First Time System Replacements. Over the last several years, we’ve seen an exponential increase in the use of Ductless Mini Split systems as replacements for traditional whole home ducted systems, or for applications where homeowners are installing air conditioning for the first time in their houses. When you factor in energy savings, much lower operating costs and the flexibility of cooling and heating specific rooms, the economics of choosing mini splits vs. traditional HVAC systems become very compelling.
We’re so excited about this year’s Carini Women’s Golf Tournament at Pro Kids San Diego – our signature community service event that raises funds for a variety of programs benefiting young women in San Diego. For anyone not familiar with Pro Kids | The First Tee, the organization prepares underserved youth for academic and social success. Founded in 1994, Pro Kids provides golf and life skills instruction, tutoring, mentoring, workshops, college preparation and other resources at sites in City Heights and Oceanside.
Carini is proud to be the title sponsor of the Carini Women’s Golf Tournament at Pro Kids San Diego – and with that honor, comes a lot of responsibility to make sure that this event is developed with the highest quality standards and is in keeping with the overriding mission of the organization.
We are currently looking for sponsors of the tournament, with a variety of different opportunities to support the organization and to showcase your company’s brand in creative ways. You can sponsor individual holes; the tournament breakfast, snacks, or after-tournament get together; tournament parking and other tournament participation.
Tournament sponsors will receive acknowledgement and exposure on the soon-to-be launched tournament website, through press announcements and media events during the year when available. If you are interested in participating as a sponsor and would like more information, please contact Daniel Duchene, Director of Golf at Pro Kids at 619-582-7884 x 114; email: DDuchene@prokidsonline.org
The main purpose of any AC unit is to regulate air temperature and control airflow, but the salesperson said nothing about air odors. Many homeowners ask us about a weird smell coming from their AC unit from time to time. Simply put, the air from the vent shouldn’t smell weird or smell at all and there are several reasons it does. Some odors are only temporary and pose no harm, while others are more persistent and could mean that something is wrong with your air-conditioning system. The next time you sense something smells foul inside your AC take notes and consult an experienced air conditioning expert whether the smell is a cause for alarm.
Fire to the Smoke
If your AC unit suddenly and inexplicably starts producing an odor reminiscent of smoke, it could potentially be a red flag. Smoke is frequently associated with a mechanical or an electrical issue within your AC system. Some parts like the fan or the motor have a tendency to overheat or even catch fire if you don’t subject your AC to regular maintenance.
If the AC unit smells like it had caught fire and smoke flows through your vents, turn off the AC system at the thermostat immediately. Go outside and check the outdoor unit. If there’s smoke coming out of the condenser or you can just smell it, don’t turn the system back on. Call an emergency air conditioning expert immediately.
If you have a heavy smoker in your home, your AC unit will likely spread that smoke across every room and absorb the odor inside the system. The stale smell of tobacco smoke can get absorbed by the condenser coils and the AC will spread the smell across the ventilation ducts. If you are a smoker this smell might go over your head, but when a non-smoker family buys a home from a smoker they will most certainly smell something is wrong with the AC.
Fortunately, a good company offering air conditioning services in has the tools and the technique to clean the ducts and minimize the odor caused by excessive smoking. However, doing the same with the coils can prove more difficult, which is why it is advised that you schedule regular maintenance if you have a heavy smoker in your home.
If the air coming from the vents has an unpleasant smell reminiscent of mildew or mold, that is probably exactly what it is. Mold is known to form in the ductwork and on the coils, and if left unchecked can spread across the entire home. There could be several reasons why the inside of your AC system caught mold, and the likely ones are clogged drainage tubes, bad insulation or a leak in the ducts. To get rid of the unpleasant smell an expert must find the cause of the problem first, and then proceed to handle the cleanup.
It is important to handle this issue as soon as possible, as mold can spread across the entire home through the AC system. Mold could cause far more problems that the unpleasant smell, it could cause severe health conditions.
First Winter Run
When you run your furnace for the first time in the winter, a weird smell is not an unusual occurrence. This is one of the examples where the smell is harmless and often resolved quickly on its own. It is caused by the dust accumulated in the heating system during the summer. When you turn the system on again in the winter, the dust burns and produces the peculiar smell. Open a few windows and let your home vent and you’ll be rid of the smell easily.
Most homeowners who switch the AC on when the hot days kick in rarely give any thought to how this amazing invention actually operates. There are several components that work in unison to cool your home and one of the main parts of any AC unit is the evaporator coil. As such it is prone to issues that could render your AC unit inoperable.
In order to help you understand what issues could be causing your AC to malfunction, we asked our evaporator repair experts in San Diego to explain how the evaporator coil functions and what the most common issues it faces are.
How Evaporators Work
The AC cools your home by removing the heat and venting it outside. This is done by circulating a compressed refrigerant fluid between two sets of coils called the evaporator coils and condensing coils. Evaporator coils are housed in the inside AC unit, while the condensing coils are inside the outdoor unit of the AC system.
As the evaporators get very cold a fan pulls in the warm air from your home and into the AC unit. It passes through the cold coils and the refrigerant absorbs the heat. The cooled air is then passed to the condensing coils in the outdoor units where the heat is vented. The cool air now passes the coils and enters the ductwork and your home.
Troubleshooting Common Evaporator Coil Issues
The evaporator coil is a very delicate piece of equipment and as such faces many different problems that could cause it to malfunction. If you are experiencing any issues with your AC unit, the problem could be the coil and some of the most common issues that prevent its normal operation are:
Dust and Dirt: Air is not the only thing that passes through the evaporator coil as it cools your home. Specs of dust and dirt can also get sucked in and caught on the evaporator coils. This prevents the evaporators from functioning properly, and depending on how much dirt it accumulated it can display various symptoms, from ineffective cooling to complete malfunction. This is why it is important to schedule a routine maintenance so the problem is dealt with before it can cause any permanent damage.
Moisture: Condensation is another issue that evaporator coils face. As the warm air from your home passes through the AC unit, the water condenses on the coils, and can attract bacteria, dust, dirt and even mold if not regularly drained.
Freezing: Not having enough refrigerant in the AC unit could cause the evaporator coils to freeze. The same thing could happen if not enough air passes through the coils. This issue can be caused by several different factors, including a clog in the air filter or the malfunctioning fan. When frozen, evaporator coils result in inadequate cooling and can additionally strain the AC system. If not dealt with in time, frozen coils could cause your AC system to stop operating completely.
San Diego Evaporator Repair and Maintenance
If you are looking for an experienced San Diego evaporator repair expert look no further than Carini Heating & Air, the leading San Diego AC company offering installation, inspection, maintenance and repairs for residential and commercial AC units. Contact us at 619.843.0997 to request a service.
Every year when the home remodeling season sets in, homeowners come to us with the same question: “How much does it cost to relocate an air conditioning unit?” There are many reasons why moving the HVAC system can be beneficial. Often when remodeling their house homeowners want to free up some space for a new room addition, a fence or some landscaping features they plan on adding. Maybe they simply want to put the outdoor unit a little more out of sight.
Sometimes, the owners need to have their home comply with some new regulations recently passed. Finally, they may simply want to move it out of their pets or their children’s reach. Another set of questions we often get asked is whether homeowners can do this on their own, if such a thing is even possible, and whether the cost of failure is too high.
When the AC system fails, especially during the roughest of seasons, many of our clients start panicking in fear of expensive repairs or dread having to buy a brand new AC system. However, in the majority of these cases the problem was caused by a dirty air filter. If the air filter hasn’t been cleaned in a while and your AC starts acting up, this element is most likely the reason.
But a malfunctioning AC is not the only downside to a dirty air filter.
In fact, not cleaning the air filter in your AC can have a major impact on your quality of life. Our air conditioning experts explain just how a dirty air filter can affect your everyday life.
Carini Heating and Air has just launched a new series of 15 and 30 second TV commercials to illustrate the energy saving and individual room comfort features of its industry leading ductless mini splits from Mitsubishi Electric. The commercials compare traditional heating and air systems to running water in every room in your home when you turn on a single faucet. With ductless mini splits, you can tailor your hvac system to run either heating or air conditioning is one room at a time or an entire house, depending on your specific needs.
Check out the new ads and give us a call to set up a free estimate with one of our factory trained Design Specialists. 619-843-0997
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Ductless air conditioning systems, also known as mini-split systems, are a great solution for any home due to their unwavering room comfort. Depending on the design of your home, these systems can be used for a number of applications. Ductless air conditioning systems can heat and cool everything from the whole house to a single room thanks to a technology known as Variable Refrigerant Flow.
Some of the situations where going ductless is your best choice include new home additions, isolated rooms, rooms with special heating or cooling needs like the kitchen, and most cases where you need one room heating and cooling units. Ductless HVACs have a number of advantages over the traditional systems. Here are five most compelling reasons to go ductless today!
Pro Kids | First Tee San Diego Women’s Golf Tournament
Raising Money and Awareness for Underprivileged Kids Program
Carini Heating and Air Conditioning named as Presenting Sponsor
San Diego, CA – Pro Kids | The First Tee San Diego will hold its first Women’s Golf Tournament at the Colina Park Golf Course in City Heights, Saturday, December 10 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The tournament proceeds will go 100% to supporting the non-profit’s mission of providing a safe haven for underprivileged kids in the community, through the game of golf and a variety of character building, leadership and academic skill activites for kids age 7 to 17.
“Golf is the hook. Education is the pay-off,” according to the late Ernie Wright, a former NFL Charger and founder of Pro Kids | The First Tee San Diego. This is just one of many motivational sayings Wright used with the kids and donors that helped him start this innovative program in 1994. The program is headquartered at the Colina Park Golf Course with a North County branch near the Oceanside Municipal Golf Course. Young people are recruited to Pro Kids | The First Tee to learn the game of golf, but in the process, receive academic assistance and are required to actively participate in the organization’s Academy. At the Academy, students must enroll for full-year increments, and commit to attending at least two days of afterschool classes per week. The First Tee facility also gives the kids a safe haven to hang out after school in neighborhoods that can be dangerous.
“The Women’s Tournament is a fun and high profile event, which give us another opportunity to introduce more people to the great work that is being done here. Everyday we are inspired by the growth we see in the children participating in our program,” said Andrew Holets, CEO of Pro Kids | The First Tee San Diego. “They are developing so much more than golf skills. Their grades are improving and their confidence is growing as they progress through the steps of the First Tee program.”
Carini Heating and Air Conditioning is the presenting sponsor for the Women’s Golf Tournament, and is underwriting a variety of expenses and helping to market the event to players and potential organization donors. Company CEO and Founder Gabriel Carini learned of the Pro Kids/The First Tee San Diego program while golfing in a tournament that had a number of First Tee kids participating. “I was so impressed with the maturity and talent of the kids I met from the program, and they really turned me into a supporter by the end of the tournament,” Carini said. “We love that the program stresses both life and academic skills, while using the game of golf to teach concepts such as patience, persistence, honesty and teamwork.”
There are still a few tournament slots open for singles or foursomes. Details are available at thefirstteesandiego.org, or by calling (619) 582-7884
The 18-hole, par-3 course will feature special fun-challenge holes sponsored by Srixon/Cleveland Golf, Innova Disc Golf and Suja Juice, to name a few. A few hole sponsorships are still available.
About Pro Kids | The First Tee San Diego: Founded in 1994 by former NFL player Ernie Wright, Pro Kids’ mission is to challenge underserved youth to excel in life by promoting character development, life skills, and values through education and the game of golf. Pro Kids serves more than 1,200 youth ages 7-17 each year at campuses in City Heights and Oceanside.
About Carini Heating and Air Conditioning: Founded in 2005, Carini is a leading San Diego Heating and Air Conditioning company that specializes in high energy efficient ductless mini split technologies. The company believes in the importance of helping under privileged children gain access to high quality educational, athletic and character building opportunities.
For more information, contact Pro Kids | The First Tee San Diego, 4085 52nd Street, San Diego, CA 92105; 619-582-7884; http://www.thefirstteesandiego.org/.
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