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Air Conditioning Systems in Charlottesville, Albemarle, and Central VA

AC Systems in Charlottesville, Albemarle & Central VA

Purchasing the right air conditioning system for your home or commercial property in Charlottesville, Albemarle, and throughout Central VA is not only a material investment but also an investment in your comfort. An energy-efficient air conditioning system will help you keep cool during the warm summer months while also taking full advantage of savings in energy and upkeep costs.

Our service area includes Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fork Union, Ruckersville, ScottsvillePalmyra and surrounding areas in Central Virginia. When you need emergency AC service for your AC system, our crews stand ready to respond on a 24/7/365 basis.

At Zephyr Environmental Solutions, we strive to provide you with the most cost-effective AC systems to meet your cooling needs. We offer a variety of replacement air conditioning systems — from central systems and mini-split systems to window units and packaged terminal systems — to address your individual requirements in terms of space, architecture, climate conditions, and budget.

AC Systems by Zephyr in Central VA

Some of the most popular AC systems we provide for our residential and commercial customers in Charlottesville, Batesville, Keswick & Albermarle, VA include:

Central AC Systems

Also known as a ducted air conditioning system, a central air conditioning system keeps the whole house or commercial space cool by distributing cooled air through a network of ducts and vents. The same ductwork distributes heated air during the winter months. A central AC system is the most popular type of system purchased by both residential and commercial customers in the US.

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Mini-Split Air Conditioners

Mini-split air conditioning

Unlike central air conditioning systems, mini-split air conditioning systems do not need ducts to distribute cooled air throughout a property. Instead, they are used to cool individual areas inside a house or building. The compressor and heat exchangers — the outdoor components of mini-split units — don’t have to be located directly behind the indoor portion, giving property owners the convenience of placing these outside components in a location where they will not be displayed prominently.

Window Unit Air Conditioners

Window unit air conditioners

Typically installed through an open window or through a hole in a wall, window unit air conditioners chill the indoor air by blowing it through the evaporator. The heat coming from the inside is dispersed outdoors, while another fan blows outdoor air over the condenser. A property using such units will usually have several of them cooling each room or area separately.


Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners

Packaged terminal air conditioners

A PTAC is a self-contained, through-the-wall appliance that is mounted through a hole cut into an exterior wall. They are like window units, but with no outdoor portion protruding from the wall outside.

Before getting an air conditioning system installed, it’s best to understand your needs and compare them against the options available to you. Zephyr can perform a thorough home energy audit to help you maximize your energy savings and get the most out of your investment. We serve cities such as the following, and many more: Charlottesville, Albemarle, and Central VA. 

Count on Zephyr for Superior AC Systems in Central Virginia


When it is time to upgrade your air conditioning system in Fork UnionCovesville, Batesville and throughout Central VA, it is time to contact Zephyr Environmental Solutions or give us a call at 434-363-4565.

Recent Air Conditioning Jobs

First, we set up several portable AC units to provide some relief to our client and his guests. Second, we identified the problem as a complete failure of an indoor coil on a system beyond its warranty period. Third, we provided options to repair the system and to replace it - recommending replacement to achieve higher efficiency and to bring the system back under warranty.

In the end, the client selected a complete system replacement. We replaced the system and returned comfort to our client's home.

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Bottom line: After our repairs and adjustments, and in the midst of the heat wave, Carissa and her family reported that the system caught up and maintained a comfortable - lower than ever - temperature.

On our first visit we discovered a failing high pressure safety switch that would trip, even when pressures were not at or above the safety cut-out level. We also found a dirty system in need of maintenance. Importantly, we also noted an apparent airflow problem that could contribute to these issues. We took care of the maintenance and scheduled a return visit to examine the airflow concerns and replace the high pressure switch.

On the day of our second visit, the system had another cutout but returned itself to service after pressures equalized. We replaced the switch and began to look at airflow.

We found that the ducts are severely undersized for the equipment in place. We also found a very restrictive filter. And most importantly we found a "fresh air" duct had been added that was pulling in hot, humid air directly from outside. So on the 100 degree days, this duct was adding more heat to the house than the system could remove.

Based on a quick calculation, we decided to remove the "fresh air" duct and have it pull return air from the basement. We replaced the restrictive filter with a standard filter. And we recommended leaving the ducts unchanged and matching future new equipment to the ducts as we believe the equipment is oversized for the home.

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We found that the primary system was low on refrigerant, which was the cause of the loss of cooling. We also found the condensate drain was plugged and the system had begun to leak water on the basement floor. Outside, we found the outdoor coil clogged with dirt. As it was late in the day, we thoroughly cleaned the coil, recharged the system and cleared the condensate line so that Paul would have air conditioning for the evening.

We scheduled a return visit the following week (another post) to identify the leak and hopefully repair it to prevent future loss of refrigerant. (Based on discussions with Paul, this has been a recurring problem - which is not acceptable to us without an effort to repair the leak.)

On the secondary system, we found a 23 year old R-22 heat pump completely out of refrigerant. Given its age, the cost of R-22 and the environmental cost of R-22, we recommended a replacement of this system and delivered a proposal.

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