Cleaning Made Easy – Maintaining your Ductless Mini-Split System

Maintaining your Ductless Mini-Split System

School’s out! Remember when summer meant freedom… except on the days your parents left the dreaded chore list? Your day of soaking up the sun then became a day of cleaning. Now that you’re an adult, chores are unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean they should be complicated.

We have shared tips on cleaning your dryer vents, home spring cleaning, and HVAC pest proofing. In this post, we’ll focus on maintaining your ductless mini- split system.

Unfamiliar with the benefits of a ductless mini split system?


  • Total control of individual rooms. The system will adjust automatically to keep rooms comfortable.
  • Improvement of air quality. Removing ducts reduces dust and pollutants, improving your indoor air quality.
  • Energy efficiency. Ductless mini-split systems can be more efficient than conventional HVAC units.
  • Convenient control with a smartphone. Most systems come with apps that make it easy to adjust and manage the comfort of your home.


It’s easy to forget to take care of the systems that keep your home comfortable. By giving them a little TLC, it will help extend their life and enhance their performance.


Regularly clean and replace your filters. Dirty filters can cause your ductless mini-split system to struggle to push air into the room. Extra strain on your unit can cause unexpected issues. Don’t make it work harder.


Taking up less space is a major benefit to a ductless mini-split system. However, you’ll need to make sure that the outdoor unit has enough space. Clear the outdoor unit of debris, vegetation, or snow. Proper air flow will add years to the life of your machine.


Periodically cleaning your ductless mini-split system will also extend its life. Remove dust and other particles that collect on the unit. Wiping down the face and vents will ensure that no wayward particles clog up your unit.

Don’t forget to clean the outdoor part of your unit as well. Clean the coil and condenser. Spray these components with your garden hose to remove particles and debris. If any of the fins bend during this process, realign them with a comb.


Home cleaning and maintenance protect your machine’s life. We also recommend having your unit inspected by a professional twice a year. Professional HVAC service technicians will check drain hoses and identify refrigerant leaks. Regular routine maintenance extends the life of your heating and cooling systems and will help catch minor problems before they turn into major ones.

Call Heating and Cooling Two today to schedule your routine maintenance. Need help determining if a ductless mini split system is right for your home? Our comfort experts are here to help.

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Thermostat not reading properly? Here’s how to tell.

Common thermostat problems

Losing your cool? Summer can cause temperatures to rise in more ways than one. The recent hot and humid weather tested our moods as well as our air conditioners. How did your home fair? Common thermostat problems develop if your thermostat and HVAC systems are not communicating. This can result in inconsistent temperatures in your home.


Control your temper… ature. Here are a few common thermostat problems and their fixes.


A malfunctioning sensor will incorrectly read the temperature of the room. Recalibrating your thermostat may fix this. Depending on the age and technology, a better solution may be to upgrade.


A build-up of dirt obstructs your unit’s ability to read an accurate room temperature. Easily solved with a good cleaning! Clear away the dust and debris by cleaning the inside of your thermostat with a soft brush. Remove corrosion from metal contacts by using an electrical cleaner on a cotton swap.


HVAC placement impacts the heating and cooling of your home. Placement plays a large role in how well your thermostat will function. If your thermostat is in a poor location, it will not accurately be able to read the temperature of the room.


Older mercury thermostats performance will suffer if they are not level. Break out your level and double check and/or correct. Didn’t solve the problem? Then it may be time to upgrade.


Unlike wine, thermostats do not get better with age. Upgrade and take advantage of the new efficiency and technology available.

Our comfort experts can recommend a wide range of dependable thermostats, including Evolution® Connex™ Control by Bryant. Control your home’s temperature, humidity, and air quality. Additional features can include:

  • Wi-Fi capabilities.
  • Control on the go. Connect your phone or tablet.
  • Optimized HVAC efficiency.
  • Energy savings.

Call us today to learn more about possible options or for your system tune-up. Don’t struggle to achieve the perfect home temperature. Schedule your appointment today!

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Hot Days Ahead – Do Air Conditioners Dehumidify?

indoor air quality

Bring on the hot days! Temperatures continue to climb, which means the humidity will too. Humidity can be killer and impact the condition of your home. Too much humidity can mean that dust mites, mold, and mildew thrive. Other issues include inducing allergies, condensation on windows, and peeling wallpaper. Well-balanced indoor air quality is important for keeping your whole family comfortable. Do you need to install a dehumidifier or ventilation system or is your air conditioner enough?


Yes, your air conditioner does dehumidify. This is not its main function. An air conditioner’s main job is to cool a room. Normally this happens through a heat exchange process. Air conditioners pull warm air into the system and run it over refrigerant-filled coils. The new cool air is then sent back into the room. The extracted heat is pushed outside. During this process, the AC does take some moisture from the air, thus dehumidify.
A dehumidifier’s main job is to remove the moisture from the air. The process of dehumidifying the air is different than that of an air conditioner. Instead of cooling the air, the dehumidifier heats it and extracts the moisture into a draining system, removing the moisture from your home altogether.


Do you like it hot? Or freezing? Dehumidifying a room with your AC would need a very cold temperature setting. Instead of turning your home into an ice box, we have other solutions:


Modulating and multi-stage AC units, like Bryant’s model 189 and 127, remove additional humidity versus standard single-speed AC units with their ability to run air slowly across the coils and extract extra moisture. To make this technology work in your home, a furnace or air handler with a variable speed fan and a thermostat with the ability to control humidity is required.


Install or buy a dehumidifier. If the main goal is to remove the moisture, then this is your best option. If only one room needs the humidity reduced, this can be a very cost-effective option.


Ventilation is one area of heating and cooling that is often overlooked. A ventilation fan can be key to stopping the moisture before it becomes a problem, especially in the bathroom. A fan removes moisture before it reaches your AC.

If you think you have too much humidity in your home, call your comfort experts at Heating and Cooling Two. We can recommend ways to improve your indoor air quality and humidity levels.

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Steady the Flow – HVAC Vent System Placement

HVAC vent system

Home heating and cooling systems can be a bit mysterious. If everything is running fine, then for most people, there is no worry. Hakuna matata. But if temperatures fluctuate in different areas of your home, your flow could be off. We aren’t talking about your yoga flow, but your HVAC vent system. Not all vents are created equal. An HVAC system needs both supply and return registers to run properly. For your unit to run efficiently, the supply and return registers also need to be in the right place. Not sure how the HVAC vent system works? We explain more below.



Depending on your home, return registers can be large and centrally located or in every room. To help with flow and temperature control, HVAC professionals recommend that each room has a cold air return vent. These vents are commonly located on an interior wall. Cold air return vents can also save on energy costs by pulling air from inside your home rather than the variable outside air.


Supply register vents should be in every room as well. Located on the outer walls, under windows, in the ceiling, or on the floor, placement depends on the heating or cooling system as well as the construction of the home. Supply vents help change the room temperature to your desired heat or cool setting.
Be careful that the return and supply registers are not too close together. The air from the supply vent needs time to circulate the room. If the vents are too close together, this can cause the air to slip away without impacting the room temperature.


Below are a few HVAC vent system considerations and placement recommendations.


Since the goal of return vents is to get the air back to your heating and cooling units, height can be flexible. Depending on the duct systems, they can in the floor or ceiling.
The supply vents, which push air throughout your house, must be in the proper place. Your heating and cooling systems, as well as the construction of your home, will determine the height.


Room placement can be key to keeping your home evenly heated and cooled. Large rooms should have at least one supply register. The supply register should also not be too close to doors, so the air doesn’t escape.


For optimum flow, most homes are designed with supply registers close to the windows. The warm air pushed up from the vents can create a buffer layer against the window.

Your HVAC vent system is an important part of the heating and cooling of your home. Correct placement can help save money and keep your family comfortable. Think your vents and ducts may need an update? Contact us to have one of our HVAC specialists take a look.

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Chill Out! – The Benefits of an A/C Tune-Up

Benefits of an A/C Tune-Up

Daydreaming of warmer days? Spring is off to a slow start this year. Even though it hasn’t been as warm as usual, you should still consider preparing for the summer months. Stay cool this summer by getting your air conditioner ready before the heat arrives.



Catching a potential problem early usually means saving money. This statement applies to all of your HVAC systems. Yearly tune-ups and maintenance allow a tech to go through the entire system and address small problems before they turn into major ones.


When the heat arrives, you’ll want your system to work every time you flip the switch. Keeping your A/C unit in peak operating condition will ensure that it works properly when the temperatures climb.


One of the benefits of an A/C tune-up is that it can help lower your utility bills. Keeping your air conditioner running efficiently means using less energy. Less energy means you could expect a lower utility bill.


Keep cool for longer. Extend the life of your air conditioner. Well-maintained air conditioners can last much longer, adding years to your investment.


With chilly temps hanging around longer than expected, your air conditioner has been idle for longer. Gunk, grime, dust, and debris have moved in. Don’t send all those wonderful things into your home! Before you flip the switch, get your A/C unit cleaned out.

Long and sunny summer days will be here before you know it. Don’t worry about your HVAC system when the heat strikes. Call us and schedule an A/C tune-up!

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Keep out Uninvited Houseguests – Pest-Proof your HVAC Systems

pest proof your HVAC system

Everyone loves having company. Entertaining family and friends fills your house with laughter and merriment. But the fun can end when visitors overstay or drop by unannounced. While we can’t keep Uncle Ned from wearing out his welcome, we can offer a few tips to pest-proof your HVAC systems and home.


Keeping up with routine maintenance can help prevent pests in your home. Don’t skip out on furnace and A/C tune-ups, bi-yearly cleanings, and inspections. Bonus: Regular HVAC Maintenance will also extend the life of your units.

Speaking of cleaning… Get your air ducts cleaned regularly. Cleaning will remove debris and allergens, improving your indoor air quality. Regular inspections by an HVAC professional can catch any potential problems early.


Leaky ducts and vents can be a perfect way for unwanted guest to get in. Besides cleaning, sealing your ductwork and vents will also keep out odors, pests, and allergens. Bonus: Sealing the leaks can lower your HVAC costs.


Some of your HVAC units can be exposed to the elements. Protect your outdoor units by properly mounting them on a raised slab. Installing a Supreme Stands® heat pump stand will also guard your heating systems from snow, ice, and water. In the summer months, routinely cut back grass and weeds from your units.

If your furnace or water heater vents into a PVC pipe through a side wall, then you need a Diamond Vent Screen. Diamond Vent Screens prevent blockages by leaves, birds, chipmunks, children’s toys, landscape rocks, etc.

We have been family owned since 1980. When it comes to your family or business, you deserve a reliable air conditioning and heating system that gives you comfort, value, and peace of mind. At Heating & Cooling Two, that’s exactly what you’ll get. We can’t help with Uncle Ned or other unwanted houseguests, but if you find yourself in need of an HVAC professional to help pest-proof your HVAC systems, give us a call!

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Rock Your Spring Cleaning – Get Your Home Ready for Spring

Get Your Home Ready for Spring

It’s official; Spring has sprung. This wonderful time of year means longer days, warmer weather, and everything turns green. Get your home ready for spring by taking care of some yearly home maintenance. Bonus: our list will allow you to take advantage of the mild weather and pleasant temperatures!



As the snow melts and the ground thaws, your home may shift a little. Checking your foundation and roof can help prevent major problems in the future. Your roof is your first line of defense against water damage.


Protecting your home from water damage should also include cleaning out your gutters. Gutters divert rain away from your home. Focus on prevention so you don’t have a costly repair later.


Changing your HVAC filters once a month can improve and extend the life of your heating and cooling systems. If you haven’t even thought about your filters, now may be the perfect time to get back on track to changing them monthly.


Speaking of extending the life of your HVAC systems, spring is a great time to get a furnace and AC tune-up. Getting a tune-up now means that you will be ready for both summer and fall.


Often overlooked, a yearly cleaning of your dryer vent can prevent a fire and keep your machine running at its top performance. For a refresher of all the benefits, read our latest blog about it.


Take advantage of the change of season to check and replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Double check that they are in good working order to keep your family safe.

To help get your home ready for Spring, call or schedule an appointment today. Our trained professionals will make sure your HVAC systems are in tip-top shape.

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Fall in Love with Our HVAC Planned Service Agreements

HVAC Planned Service Agreements

Did you send your loved one flowers, chocolate, or a gift last month? While we can’t help you out of the doghouse if you didn’t, we can help keep your heating and cooling systems running at their best. At Heating and Cooling Two, we make servicing your furnace or air conditioner a breeze with our HVAC Planned Service Agreements. Regular service to your heating and cooling systems can improve and extend the life of the units. More efficient operations will also help lower utility bills.

Regular maintenance on your units also helps keep your home safe. Prevent unexpected, costly repairs by catching possible problems early. Other benefits of our HVAC Planned Service Agreements include $50 off your service call/diagnostic fee, 10 percent discount on repairs, discounted refrigerants, and lower rates on accessories.

Our plans are customizable to fit your specific needs. We offer three levels of service for our maintenance packages.

Platinum Package Includes:

  • Furnace tune-up
  • Air conditioning tune-up
  • Filter replacement
  • Humidifier tune-up
  • Air Exchanger tune-up

Gold Package Includes:

  • Furnace tune-up
  • Air conditioning tune-up
  • Filter replacement
  • Humidifier tune-up

Silver Package Includes:

  • Furnace tune-up
  • Air conditioning tune-up
  • Filter replacement

Let us help you love your heating and cooling systems all year round. Schedule an appointment today to talk with one of our service professions to customize a plan for your home.

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The Benefits of Cleaning Your Dryer Vents

benefits of cleaning your dryer vents

Does your mountain of laundry seem to be a never-ending chore? Does your dryer add to the problem by taking more than one cycle to dry your clothes? Cleaning your dryer vents may not be high up on your regular cleaning list. It should be, especially if it takes more than one cycle to dry your clothes. Getting your dryer vents cleaned once a year can save you time, money, and your favorite Harry Potter T-shirt.

Benefits of Cleaning Your Dryer Vents

Save Time

Running a load of laundry through the dryer a few times is not helping move the mountain. It can also be a fire hazard. Running multiple cycles could mean that your dryer vent is clogged. Removing clogs will allow your machine to run more efficiently, saving time and energy.

Long Live your Dryer

Keeping your dryer vents free of clogs also can extend the life of your dryer. Taking the strain off your machine allows it to work at maximum performance. Removing the extra strain will also help with lowering energy costs. Also, since you fixed the real culprit, this means that getting a replacement dryer can be put on hold.

Save your Clothes

Longer drying time means more heat. More heat means that the fabric of your clothes may break down. Your favorite Harry Potter T-shirt could end up with unwanted holes or a few sizes too small. A mending charm may not be able to save it.

Improve your Indoor Air Quality

If your dryer doesn’t completely dry your clothes or takes more than one cycle, this can release moisture into the air, producing allergens and degrading indoor air quality. Improve the air by sealing leaks and removing obstructions form your vents.

Safety First

Dryer fires have gone up in the last several years. Dryer lint is one of the most common ways a house fire can occur. Not cleaning out your dryer vents can increase your chance of a fire in your home. Also, not properly maintaining your gas dryer could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. If your dryer is clogged, the odorless, colorless, toxic gas could make its way into your home.

Save your money, home, family, and favorite clothes by getting your dryer vents cleaned. Schedule an appointment today to have one of our HVAC Specialists keep your dryer working wonderfully.

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Increase your Home’s Humidity

Increase your Home’s Humidity

Your home can be a place of comfort, relaxation, and love. Dry air can cause your heavenly paradise to turn into a desolate wasteland. Do you wish you could capture some moisture? Below are a few ways to increase your home’s humidity.

Increase Your Home’s Humidity

Air Dry Your Clothes

Save some energy and add moisture into the air. Skip the dryer. Hang your clothes on a drying rack to let the air absorb the water.

Add A Few Houseplants

In a process called ‘transpiration,’ plants can continuously release moisture into the air. They take in water through their roots. The water travels all the way up to the pores on the underside of the leaves to be released. Not all plants are the same; get ones that can survive in drier circumstances.

Just Add Water

This is probably the most common DIY trick to increasing your home’s humidity. Add moisture to your home by:

  • Filling ceramic or metal bowls with water and placing them on vents or your radiator.
  • Boil water on the stove while you cook.
  • After a bath, let the water cool to room temperature before draining.
  • Fight the dryness of the air by adding water, in any way that is most convenient.

Keep the Cold Air Out

Check your house for cracks and make sure the basement, attic, furnace vents, etc. are sealed to increase home humidity. Cold air getting into your home can cause the humidity to drop. Call us if you have questions on how to check or seal your HVAC system.

Whole-House Humidifier

Sometimes the best way to treat something is to install a more permeant fix. If the natural methods are not resolving the dryness problem, it may be time to look at installing a whole-house humidifier. Besides adding humidity to your home, benefits include:

    • Help with cost and energy efficiency; because humid air holds in more heat.
    • Reduces the risk of furniture drying out and cracking.
    • Relieves allergy symptoms and other respiratory issues.
    • Resolves issues with cracked skin, chapped lips, nose bleeds, dry contacts, and more.

Call us today to learn more about your options or to set up an appointment.

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