Ductless Mini Split Market Explodes

Carini Heating, Air and Plumbing was a pioneer in the ductless mini split market in San Diego.  And it’s no secret among local hvac contractors and supply houses that Carini is number one in mini split market share and one of the top mini split contractors in all of Southern California. What’s been the growth rate for mini split technologies and what’s in store for the mini split market in 2019?

According to research in the HVAC trade magazine “The News,”  the global ductless heating and cooling systems market is projected at $78.62 billion today, with a compound annual growth rate exceeding 8 percent through 2021. This strong market growth is related to many factors, including energy efficiency, flexibility of heating or cooling individual rooms or entire homes, and growing consumer awareness of ductless technologies.

“We placed our bets on ductless mini split technologies early in their evolution,” said Gabriel Carini, founder and CEO. “We saw a lot of early adopters investing in mini splits and saw the market grow gradually about 10 years ago from a slow beginning. The last three years have witnessed phenomenal growth and now customers are much more educated on the viability of  mini split systems for whole house hvac applications, as opposed to just using them for single rooms, granny flats and home offices.”

Mini Split Awareness for Heating Apps Still Low

Carini notes that there is still a large segment of the public that think mini splits are only for cooling, and not for heating.

“It’s funny because mini splits are often the only form of heating for many homeowners in colder climate cities and states, and they provide so many great benefits over traditional central heating systems,” said Carini. “Heating in San Diego is often an afterthought but homeowners who know about the viability of mini splits for heating are thrilled to see their winter energy bills reduced and love not heating their entire house when warmth if only needed in one or tow rooms.”

With the strong market growth, manufacturers like Mitsubishi are leading the way in mini split technology innovations.  Advanced zoning, new wi-fi features and increased energy efficiency capabilities are some of the main areas where these new investments in technology are taking place.


Our Mitsubishi Mini Splits Recognized by the EPA for Energy Star 2017 Most Efficient and Lowest Operating Costs


When deciding on which mini split systems to install in your home or business, energy efficiency and its relationship to lower operating costs should be high on the list of your purchasing criteria. So we’re very excited to announce that our Mitsubishi line of mini split systems has been given top honors by the Environmental Protection Agency, meeting the ENERGY STAR 2017 Most Efficient criteria.

This distinguished honor is given to manufacturers who meet and exceed all efficiency requirements for their systems. The Mitsubishi M- and P-Series systems qualify for these super high ratings, in part by by using kumo cloud™ remote access technology,

Click here for the list of systems that earned our company this designation.

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Why Does My AC Unit Smell Funny?

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.

Tobacco Smoke

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.

Damp Odor

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.