Central air conditioners are meant to last up to 10 years, making them a long-term investment in your home. If you’re looking to get a new air conditioning system installed in a newly constructed home or an upgrade to your existing one, you’ll want to start that investment with top-notch air conditioning installation. After all, a properly installed AC system is an efficient and effective system for years to come.
At Hurley & David, we’ve been your local Springfield MA experts on central air installation for over 50 years. We specialize in installing air conditioning to existing homes as well as new installations, even in houses with difficult spaces and other challenges. Our AC technicians can bring the luxury and comfort of efficient climate control to any house, new or old.
Starting Off Right With Proper AC Sizing
In our many decades in the HVAC industry, we’ve seen that improper AC sizing is one of the most common causes of air conditioning issues. An oversized AC unit will cost more to run and constantly overshoot your home’s cooling needs, leading to uncomfortable temperature fluctuations. Meanwhile, an undersized AC system will struggle to keep you cool and take a ton of wear and tear. Both potential pitfalls can be avoided with a simple load calculation, which is how we start every air conditioning installation project.
Exploring Your Cooling Options
Every home has different cooling needs, and we’re firm believers that one size does not fit all. Once we have a clear idea of your house’s cooling load, we’ll work with you to pick out the right climate control solution for your home and family. Depending on your location, lifestyle, and budget, that might be a central air conditioner, a dual-purpose system such as a heat pump or even a ductless air conditioning system. We can also help with mini split installation. We’ll help you weigh the short-and long-term costs and benefits of each option to make the right choice.
Getting the Job Done
Once you’ve chosen the right cooling system for your home, we’ll get to work and get it up and running as soon as possible. Our AC installation policy is to get the job done right the first time, and with over five decades of experience in the industry, we know exactly how to do just that. We’ll prepare your home for your new air conditioning system with steps like attic sealing and duct insulation, then install the air conditioner itself up to the manufacturer’s specifications. The upshot for you is an energy-efficient air conditioner and effective cooling with fewer maintenance problems for years to come.
In addition, we know that installing a new air conditioner can be a huge investment so Hurley & David offers financing options for all budgets. You can now get the air conditioning unit your home deserves without breaking a sweat!
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.