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Why You Need a Contractor for Ductless AC Installations

A professional contractor should handle ductless heat pump installation.Some of the most advanced HVAC systems on the market today are ductless air conditioners and heat pumps. Although they use the same basic cooling cycle as standard HVAC systems, ductless HVAC systems have several key advantages that make them excellent choices for many Virginia homes. With help from an experienced contractor to get it up and running, a ductless air conditioner can provide your home with quite, efficient cooling for many years to come.

Advantages of Ductless AC

At its heart, a ductless air conditioner is just an air conditioner. It has an indoor unit and an outdoor unit, and it uses refrigerant to transfer heat from one to the other. However, ductless systems offer several key benefits that standard air conditioners can't match.

  • Variable-Speed Compressors: The compressor is the heart of any air conditioner or heat pump, driving the cooling cycle by forcing gaseous refrigerant to become liquid and release heat. Standard air conditioners have compressors that only run at one or two speeds, which means they have to constantly cycle on and off. Ductless systems use advanced variable-speed compressors to match your home's cooling needs in real time, allowing them to run continuously, maintain a constant temperature and improve energy efficiency.
  • Built for Efficiency: The average central air conditioner loses a whopping 30 percent of its cooling power to leaks in the duct system. Ductless air conditioners neatly sidestep this issue by delivering their cooling power directly to your living space. Moreover, a ductless air conditioner allows for zoned control, allowing the homeowner to cut off cooling power to unused spaces and save even more.
  • Unobtrusive Design: While central air conditioners tend to be bulky and somewhat noisy, ductless indoor units are small machines that sit high on an indoor wall, and they run almost silently.

Because of their compact design, ductless air conditioners are particularly suitable for apartments, condominiums and small houses where space is at a premium. They're also fine choices for older homes that lack extensive duct systems, and they're commonly used in new additions as an alternative to extending the ducts into the new space. The improved energy efficiency of ductless systems is great for environmentally-friendly and budget-conscious homeowners alike.

The Ductless Installation Process

Like any other HVAC system, ductless systems need to be properly sized to maximize energy efficiency and effectiveness. An under-sized system will have to work very hard to try to cool your home, leading to increased wear and tear on the unit, while an over-sized system will overshoot the target temperature, wasting power and causing uncomfortable temperature changes. Even if you're replacing an existing system, we recommend doing a full load calculation to assess your home's current cooling needs.

By taking your home's layout, square footage, insulation and other factors into account, your HVAC contractor will determine exactly how much cooling power your home requires, then work with you to pick out a great ductless system that will meet those requirements. As a rule, ductless systems tend to cost a little more up front than traditional home air conditioning, but the long-term savings from increased energy efficiency are well worth that cost, especially given that most are efficient enough to qualify for tax credits.

Once you've chosen your ductless system, your contractor will work quickly to get it up and running in your home. The installation project begins with the single outdoor unit, which can be installed almost anywhere on your home's exterior walls. Next, your technician will install up to four indoor units and run the special conduits that carry refrigerant between the indoor and outdoor components. Of course, a good HVAC contractor will take the time to test the system and confirm that it meets or exceeds the manufacturer's specifications as well as state and local building codes.

At Virginia AC Dealers, we specialize in helping Virginia residents connect with highly qualified Mitsubishi Electric dealers in their area. Our contractors are certified experts on ductless air conditioners and heat pumps, and we've carefully vetted each and every one to confirm that they always provide top-quality service. Our online tools make finding a dealer in your area easy, so you'll be well on your way to benefiting from your new ductless system that much sooner.

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