Central air conditioning is a great cooling option but it’s not the best fit for every home. Here in Western Massachusetts, there are quite a lot of older homes heated with boilers instead of furnaces and don’t have duct systems. In addition, conventional air conditioning is not always the most efficient considering the loss of conditioned air where ducts pass through hot attic spaces or leaky ducts in crawl spaces.
If you’re planning an addition for your home, extending the air conditioning ducts into the new space may add excessive costs to the project.
Fortunately, there’s a cooling option available that doesn’t require any ductwork at all: the ductless air conditioner, also called mini-split AC. At Hurley & David, we can provide the same comfort and efficiency with a mini split AC unit without the loss of cool air in crawl spaces associated with conventional air conditioning. Ductless AC is also available in dual-purpose heat pump models, meaning the same compact unit can take care of heating and cooling throughout the year. Ductless heating and cooling systems can therefore be very convenient!
Mini-split AC installation
If a mini split AC system is the right option for your home, we’ll be more than happy to help. Our technicians can perform mini split installation by setting up a single outdoor unit, then placing up to four indoor units in the main living areas of your home. We’ll run special conduits that carry refrigerant between the indoor and outdoor units, with no loss of conditioned air through ducts running through small spaces between walls. And of course, we’ll test everything to make sure it’s running at peak efficiency before leaving your home.
Hurley & David can help you with mini split installation for your home and get you set up with your new ductless air conditioner. Our team of HVAC technicians is available 24 hour, 7 days a week, in the Springfield MA area. We will assess your home heating and cooling needs to help you pick the best mini split AC unit model for you. We can provide a wide range of ductless air conditioners, including Lennox AC units, and energy-efficient air conditioners.
Whether you’re ready to upgrade to ductless heating and cooling or just want to discuss your options, feel free to give us a call at (413)-315-5588 to find out what a ductless mini split system can do for your home.
Benefits of a Ductless Air Conditioner
Besides the obvious advantages of not needing to worry about ducts, mini-split AC units have a few key advantages over regular central air conditioners.
The average central air conditioner loses up to 30 percent of its cooling power to leaks in the ducts, nearly all of which is wasted in small spaces between walls and floors. Mini split air conditioning systems use special variable-speed compressors to match your home’s cooling needs in real time as outside temperatures change during the course of the day, which improves comfort and energy efficiency. That also makes ductless AC units a cheap option as you will save on your energy bill.
A mini split ac unit also allows for zoned control, meaning you can adjust the AC in different rooms independently to avoid “cold spots” in certain small spaces like a reading nook.
Because they’re so compact, ductless air conditioning systems are great options for smaller homes, apartments and condominiums where space is at a premium. With a ductless AC unit, you’ll save plenty down the road because of their reduced energy usage, plus mini split installation doesn’t require the time and effort of running ductwork through an attic or crawl spaces. We’ll be happy to help you consider all of your cooling options to find the right solution for your home.
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.