Few things can improve your quality of life quite like relaxing in the cool comfort of an air-conditioned home. Central air is an absolute lifesaver in the middle of a July heatwave in Massachusetts, of course, but the benefits of great climate control go beyond cooling. A good central air conditioner will keep air circulating in your home and help everyone breathe easier, not to mention cutting down on humidity and reducing fire hazards. Moreover, with an energy-efficient air conditioner, you can save money on utility bills and increase the value of your home.
For those reasons, many homes in Springfield Massachusetts are equipped with an air conditioning unit. Central air conditioners can last a very long time when properly maintained and scheduling regular AC tune-up is essential to getting your HVAC unit to last over 20 years.
Air conditioners have come a long way since their invention in the early twentieth century, but they still use the same basic cooling cycle. At the evaporator coil, refrigerant chemicals absorb heat from your home and become gaseous. The air conditioner then pumps the refrigerant vapor to the condenser coil, where a special pump called a compressor forces it to become liquid again. This phase change releases the stored heat, transferring it away from your home. The refrigerant chemicals then return to the evaporator coil to repeat the cycle.
Central air conditioners use a specialized system of supply and return ducts to circulate cool air throughout your home, providing efficient and effective cooling to the entire house. The main upshot is a consistent, comfortable temperature throughout the home–moreover, you won’t have to carry heavy window units all over the house at the start and end of the cooling season.
AC Tune-up & Air Conditioning Maintenance
Proper air conditioner maintenance is essential to prolong your air conditioning system’s lifetime and get the most out of your AC. Our HVAC experts recommend that you get regular air conditioning maintenance with at least one AC tune-up every year. Hurley & David offers you the best air conditioner maintenance services in Springfield MA and the surrounding area in both Massachusetts.
Like all machines, air conditioners do wear down over time. The average central air conditioner is built to last up to 15 years, but can even last up to 25 years if you have regular AC tune-ups. Professional air conditioning maintenance not only extends the lifespan of your system but also saves you money every month by maximizing energy efficiency. Of course, even a well-maintained system can run into trouble, and you’ll need a qualified AC repair technician to take care of that problem.
We even provide emergency AC repairs 24/7. Trust Hurley & David for quick and efficient air conditioning service in Springfield MA.
Whether you’re building a new home and need a way to keep it cool or you’re looking to replace an aging system, you’ll need professional air conditioning installation to get your new central air conditioner up and running. Every AC installation project should start with a load calculation. After all, improper sizing is one of the biggest causes of efficiency and AC maintenance issues down the road. Once you have a properly sized system in hand, you’ll need a highly qualified technician to make sure it meets the manufacturer’s specifications.
Beat the Heat with Hurley & David
Given how much you count on your air conditioner to get you through the summer heat, you should be able to trust the people who repair and maintain your air conditioning system. We’ve been installing and maintaining central air conditioners all over Western Massachusetts for over five decades, and we have the tools and expertise to service all makes and models.
Updates to the Regional HVAC Equipment Efficiency and Testing Standards
Effective January 1, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will update its efficiency and testing standards for residential and commercial HVAC equipment. All regulatory changes will differ by product type and region. Since the updated standards will result in price increases across all HVAC contractors, now is the time to buy the equipment you need for your home or business.
The minimum efficiency standards for residential and commercial air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will increase production efficiency and national energy savings while decreasing national energy consumption.
Northern U.S. & Canada
All split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2023, must meet the updated standards. However, split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured before January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 13 SEER to 15 SEER in these regions.
Split-system air conditioners manufactured before January 1, 2023, can’t be installed once the updated standards take effect. All installations of products that don’t meet the new standards must be completed by December 31, 2022. However, split-system heat pumps, single-packaged air conditioners, and single-packaged heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 14 SEER to 15 SEER in both the Southwest and Southeast regions.
In addition to higher minimum efficiency standards, the M1 testing procedures used for residential and 3 to 5-ton light commercial, single-phase equipment manufactured on or after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will produce more accurate SEER, EER, and HSPF efficiency ratings. Manufacturers will be required to re-test equipment using the new M1 Standard requirements as well as publish equipment efficiency ratings using the new efficiency metrics of SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2.