Ductless Air

Ductless Air has been installing, repairing and maintaining ductless air conditioners in homes throughout Toronto and the GTA for over 30 years. When it comes to finding the right ductless unit for your home it can be a challenge. There are so many different makes and models out there with so many different available options, so it can be difficult for a homeowner to know which unit is the right choice for their home.

Ductless Air as the knowledge and experience necessary to help you choose the right ductless unit for your home. We’ll evaluate your existing unit, the size and layout of your home and other important factors to make sure that you get the best unit for your needs. Once we install a ductless unit in your home, we know its important to properly maintain it. We’ll help you set up an annual maintenance appointment, so your unit operates as efficiently and reliably as possible throughout its lifecycle.

Contact Ductless Air today for a free estimate for any of our ductless services: 647-547-9207

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Your home is one of the biggest investments you can make. But that doesn’t mean you want to pour money into it unless it’ll pay off or improve your living conditions. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at a home energy retrofit program and how adding a new Bosch residential heat pump might actually not cost you as much as you think.

What is a heat pump?

Let’s keep this super simple. A heat pump is part of the HVAC family. It can be used to heat or cool individual areas of your home. And while it might sound counterintuitive to call it a heat pump, the name is a reflection of what the system does.

Long story short, the heat pump pulls in warm air from outside and distributes it indoors in the winter. But, in the summer, it works in reverse by pulling warm air from inside and pumping it out of your home to keep you cool.

Heat pump vs. furnace

While they both do the same thing in colder months of the year, there are a few key differences between these two systems, including:

  • Furnaces are usually larger and take up a bit more space to accommodate for needing a bigger system to generate heat — unlike a heat pump which draws heat in from the outdoors
  • Heat pumps can heat and cool your home, so it’s two systems in one
  • Furnaces are centralized and need proper a proper duct system throughout the home to operate effectively
  • Heat pumps are more energy efficient

Now that the basics are covered, let’s dive into the Canada Greener Homes Grant and how you can get a heat pump government rebate.

How to get Government of Canada rebates for home renovations

Upgrading your home isn’t cheap. Sure, there are cheap renovations to increase your home value and retrofit solutions that make an impact. But a retrofit and some cosmetic remodelling of your home are a bit different from each other.

We know that remodelling covers just about any type of simple home renovation… but what does retrofit mean? Well, it usually means that you’ve left DIY territory. A retrofit usually refers to improving a main system in your home. They require a professional to handle the assessment and installation of energy-efficient upgrades. And if you’re thinking, “how can I get free money from the Canadian Government for retrofit solutions,” luckily, there’s a home renovation grant for that.

The Canada Greener Homes Grant is the most recent of Canada’s energy efficiency programs and was created to give back up to $5,000 (plus $600 in some cases) to homeowners across the country who make their homes more efficient. But what exactly does that mean? Well, it’s not as intimidating as it seems. There are a few steps to follow. Just keep in mind that you won’t really be able to DIY this one yourself. It requires:

  • An inspection/green home energy audit to evaluate your home’s current efficiency
  • Official recommendations that you can follow
  • Installation of at least one of the eligible recommendations (like Bosch climate 5000 installations)
  • And finally, a follow-up inspection/green home energy audit to see if your home’s efficiency has improved

Naturally, this is a more serious job, so you wouldn’t want to give this a try yourself and risk not qualifying for the rebate. For example, Bosch Climate 5000 installation isn’t something YouTube can guide you through. It requires a professional with experience and qualified equipment to get the job done right. So if you’re thinking about upgrading your home’s HVAC to cash in on the energy efficiency retrofit program, better look into hiring a professional.

Why choose Bosch thermotechnology?

Well, owning a Bosch is always a good decision because it’s among the best and most efficient heat pump manufacturers available today. With quality design and a 10-year Bosch warranty, and now it’s part of the Canada energy savings rebate program, it’s hard to think of a better option when applying for a heat pump government rebate. After all, you want to make sure you have the best heating and cooling system when it comes to retrofitting your home’s HVAC. But here’s a few more reasons.

Air handler unit that’s whisper quiet

One negative in the heat pump vs furnace debate has been that furnaces are generally quieter. But, technology has come a long way in a short time. For example, the Bosch climate 5000 specs for the air handler states that it won’t get louder than about 20 dB — that’s as quiet as a whisper or some rustling leaves. Hard to chalk that up to being too noisy.

High efficiency heat pump

Another big positive to come out of the Bosch climate 5000 reviews is that it’s very energy efficient. Besides a low SEER rating, this system was made to outperform other heating and cooling options. The reason is that these air handlers are best suited for spot heating and cooling — so less energy is wasted. And that means you can enjoy the benefits of Canada energy efficiency rebates as well as comfortable temperatures and lower monthly bills.

Central air conditioning systems may not be a viable solution for your house, or they may not be the best choice for your particular needs.

You have the option of placing a window unit, a portable air conditioner, or a ductless air conditioner heat pump system combo.

What’s the difference?

A small window air conditioning unit is a compact, portable air conditioner that is designed to fit in your living room window. It is only intended to cool one area at a time.

A portable air conditioning unit is similar but not identical. It provides a single zoned cooling by sitting on the floor and using a duct to exhaust hot air either through a window or door.

As these units absorb humidity from the surrounding air, you must empty the condensate water pan on a regular basis it you are using one of these cooling systems.

How do ductless air conditioners work?

A ductless air conditioner—often known as a ductless mini-split system—is made up of two parts:

  • One part of the system is located outside of the house, similar to the condensing unit of a central air conditioner.
  • The other part is the indoor air handler unit, which, just like the evaporator coil of a ducted central air conditioning system, is mounted on a wall inside the room.
    Copper pipes—lineset—pass through a tiny 3″ diameter hole drilled in the wall of the house to connect these two components. With new models  Up to 5 indoor units can be connected to a single outdoor unit to provide zoned air conditioning when and where you need it the most.

How much is a ductless split air conditioner?

Window air conditioners are often the cheapest option and the easiest option and also the quickest to install.  Portable units come in a close second place regarding price and convenience of installation.

Ductless mini-splits, on the other hand, tend to be a somewhat more expensive alternative due to the additional components and more complex installation process. Ductless cooling systems, on the other hand, are significantly less expensive than switching to central air conditioning since they allow you to avoid building ductwork where no such currently exists.

As any homeowner in Toronto and the GTA already knows, the better you maintain an appliance, the longer it lasts. Ductless air conditioners are no different. Get to know some of the basics of DIY ductless maintenance below for some simple tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your air conditioner.

The Basics Of DIY Ductless Maintenance

A ductless air conditioner isn’t too tricky to maintain, as long as you don’t forget about it. Neglecting your responsibilities is a great way to shave years off your unit.

For starters, be sure to keep an eye on your ductless air conditioner. Think of it like the lint trap in you dryer, you’ll want to keep it clear of any dust and debris that might clog it up over time. And that includes taking a look outside too at the condenser for any ice build up that may occur over time. Just make sure you turn the unit off before you go poking around trying to keep it clean. This is for your own safety of course.

Another common form of DIY ductless maintenance is actually very easy since it requires very little effort. Keep things away from your indoor and outdoor units. Sounds simple but people forget that ductless is all about airflow. Block the flow, and you force your ductless unit to work harder than it should – which leads to bigger problems later.

A few other DIY ductless maintenance tips include cleaning certain elements of the unit itself, but you really shouldn’t be doing this yourself unless you have some experience. Hiring a professional to take a look once every year or two is the best way to prolong your ductless unit without making things worse or voiding the warranty.

When DIY Ductless Maintenance Isn’t Getting The Job Done

There’s never any shame in calling for help when it comes to appliances. Even if the problem is something small, having the right professional take a look is always safer than trying to look up a tutorial online. Trust us, we’ve answered plenty of calls in our 30 years where the wrong person has tampered with something and it only makes our job take a bit longer.

Instead, why not give us a call directly if you have any questions or concerns at 647-547-9207. Our thoroughly trained teams are always standing by to help – which is why we’re available 24/7. DIY ductless maintenance isn’t always enough to fix an issue, so save yourself the hassle and let the professionals take a look. We serve all of Toronto and the GTA. Simply call: 647-547-9207