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Ductless Systems Offer Virginia Homeowners Significant Advantages

There’s a lot of buzz these days about the quiet performance-driven components of ductless systems, which deliver efficient zoned comfort when and where you need it. If you're seeking a heating and cooling solution for your home-improvement project, take a look at the fresh alternative that ductless heating and cooling has to offer.

Quiet, Performance-Driven Systems

Mitsubishi Electric ductless systems operate at whisper-quiet decibels. Inverter-driven technology coupled with high-efficiency refrigerant make this possible. Inverter compressors operate at variable capacity, continuously adjusting output to match the heating or cooling load of the zone. There are no frequent on/off cycles of typical conventional central heat pumps, which create excessive noise and inefficiency. 

High-efficiency refrigerant Puron has replaced the less efficient Freon. Puron operates under higher pressures, which delivers both super-heated and super-cooled temperatures. Where conventional heat pumps lose efficiency and the ability to provide comfortable home heating around the freezing point, Mitsubishi ductless systems deliver consistent heating when outside temperatures dip into single digits. This is the basic operation:

  • Sensors in the indoor and outdoor air-handling units (AHUs) monitor temperatures of surrounding air and coil (refrigerant) temperatures. 
  • Inverter compressors prepare and pump precise amounts of high-efficiency refrigerant to steadily maintain indoor temperature settings. This uses much less electricity than large, noisy and inefficient compressors with frequent on/off cycling.
  • The quiet indoor fan of the AHU offers multiple speeds to aid in heat exchange and comfort. There are no whooshing or rattling noises associated with air ducts since none are used, which also means there are no energy losses that occur with leaky ducts.

Comfort When and Where You Need It

Ductless systems are point-of-use heating and cooling systems that offer independent temperature management in a single zone (ductless mini split) or in multiple zones (ductless multi split). This is by design, as developed by Mitsubishi Electric four decades ago, to offer practical heating and cooling solutions in lieu of noisy and inefficient central systems and window units.

With the implementation of inverter-driven technology and other ductless HVAC industry innovations, the allowable distance between the indoor and outdoor AHUs has substantially increased from about 10 to 15 feet to up to 60 feet and sometimes even farther, depending on the selected ductless model. These advances in technology have made ductless systems ideal, and the growing system of choice, for the following applications:

  • Remodels – Converting attic or basement space to usable living space adds value to the home. However, conditioning such areas isn’t always an easy task, unless you’ve decided to go ductless.
  • New additions – Extending the home’s heating and cooling system, whether it’s a central forced-air system or radiant heating, into new additions isn’t always practical. Ductless mini splits offer versatile installation of the indoor AHU (wall mounting, ceiling mounting or completely concealed) to match any interior design plans.
  • Older homes – Many older and historic homes were not constructed with air ducts. Ductless systems solve this dilemma by utilizing inconspicuous areas, such as walls, attic space and crawl space, to route the conduit that connects the indoor and outdoor AHUs.
  • Garages and outbuildings – Is it time you conditioned your workshop, guest house or garage? Then it's time to consider the advantages of going ductless.
  • Vacation homes – Ductless systems are easy to care for and don't require natural gas connections since they use electricity. This offers easy care and operation, ideal for vacation homes.
  • Whole-home solutions – Ductless systems may be configured to heat and cool entire homes, whether it's for new home construction of an Energy Star qualified home, or a full system replacement. Ductless mini and multi split systems are designed and linked to deliver a genuine zoning system.

Fresh Alternative 

The zoning advantages afforded by ductless heating and cooling – quiet, comfortable and efficient – boost indoor air quality, too. This is a fresh alternative to central systems that disperse contaminants through the home. With washable and reusable filters, you can help maintain fresh air quality during all four of Virginia’s seasons – cold-and-flu, allergy, mold and mildew and, again, allergy season.

The multi-speed fan of the indoor AHU helps circulate and filter zoned air for total coverage, comfort and filtering. Moreover, optional airflow enhancements are available for select models to increase comfort, and provide more even heating, cooling and filtration.

Ductless systems offer many advantages on every point of home comfort, easy installation, quiet operation and more. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact us to find a Mitsubishi Electric Contractor near your Virginia home.

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