Exploring the Most Popular AC Systems

When it’s time to schedule new air conditioning installation for your Fairfax home, there are several popular air conditioning options that are worth considering. Taking the time to explore all your cooling options allows you to take advantage of the best solution and the most efficient cooling system for your home. Your AC service expert will be happy to work with you to determine how well your current system meets your needs and whether a different cooling solution could be a better long-term choice for greater comfort and energy savings.

Central Air Conditioning

Central air conditioning is one of the most common and most familiar cooling options in the United States. A central AC system incorporates an indoor evaporator and an outdoor condenser, which work together to transfer heat from inside your home to the air outside, resulting in lower temperatures and less humidity in your living spaces. Central AC systems use a refrigerant solution during this process; in the past, Freon was the most common refrigerant used, but today, this solution is being phased out of production to make way for more environmentally-friendly products. The final component in a central air conditioning system is ductwork—to install a central AC, your home must have ducts to transport the cooled air produced by your air conditioner to each room of your home.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps work much like air conditioners, particularly when they are in cooling mode during the summer. Just like a central air conditioner, a heat pump extracts heat from your indoor air and moves it outdoors via a refrigerant solution. However, heat pumps have an added benefit of providing heating during the winter as well, by transferring heat from the air or ground outside your home to your indoor living spaces, often eliminating the need for a separate furnace. Heat pumps are typically more energy efficient than traditional air conditioners as well, and are also likely to last several years longer. These cooling systems can be installed just like a central air conditioner, using ductwork to transport air through your home.

Ductless Mini-Split Systems

Although central air conditioners and heat pumps are currently quite popular, not every home was built with ductwork in place. If you live in an older home without central air, you may wonder whether there is a way for you to enjoy its benefits without the high costs of retrofitting your home with ducts. The answer to this question is yes—ductless mini-split systems make it possible for older homes or new home additions to enjoy the benefits of central air conditioning without existing ductwork. Ductless mini-split air conditioners and heat pumps work just like their central counterparts, using a refrigerant solution to transfer heat. However, these systems make use of cabling, which can be threaded through very small holes, to connect a single condenser to several wall- and ceiling-mounted evaporator systems inside your home without the need for duct installation.

If your current cooling system is reaching the end of its functional lifetime, our HVAC experts can help you with fast, efficient, and customized air conditioning installation in Fairfax. We will work with you to assess your needs, explore your options, and complete your AC replacement service quickly for the fastest and best financial savings and home comfort solutions. You can check us out online for more information and to explore our current discounts, as well as click through our blog to take a closer look at AC maintenance, repair, and replacement.

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