Are you in need of a new air conditioning system? Hire the experts!
Let our friendly team of Home Comfort and Energy Saving experts evaluate your home’s cooling system for efficiency, comfort, and energy savings. Hutchinson is recognized as a top-performing Home Performance with Energy Star contractor (HPwES). We’ll take the time to study your home, understand your cooling requirements, and determine the best way to achieve maximum comfort and energy savings. We handle all of the leading manufacturers and can help you make the choice that is best for your home.
Things to think about:
- How quiet do you want your unit to be?
- What about energy efficiency? SEER ratings (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) measure the amount of energy an air conditioner needs to provide a specific cooling output. The higher the number, the more efficient it is.
- If you have allergies, you may want to think about indoor air quality and higher efficiency filters.
Tips from the experts:
When temperatures are on the rise, your AC unit goes into overdrive to cool your entire house. If it seems your air conditioner is having trouble keeping up, check to see if there is something affecting your system’s ability to do its job:
- Are any vents obstructed? If your furniture is placed over or near your air conditioning vents, move it away so that air can circulate freely.
- Check your air filter. Dirty air filters will block airflow and can even cause the inside of your unit to freeze. If you can’t remember the last time you changed your air filter, you should do so immediately!
- Are blinds and shades closed? Almost 30% of unwanted heat comes through windows, so it is wise to close as many blinds and shades as possible to block sunlight from heating your home.
- Check your circuit breaker. Sometimes an air conditioning unit can trip a home’s circuit breaker. Check to see if a lever is in the off position.
- Do you use large appliances during the day? Appliances generate heat. Try doing laundry or running the dishwasher in the morning or in the evening when temperatures are cooler.
If you have checked these things and your home is still not being cooled properly, it’s time to have a Hutchinson professional technician check your air conditioning unit.
Is your air conditioning unit 12 years old or older?
Heating, cooling, and hot water can be as much as 75% of your annual utility bill. That’s not pocket change! If your central air conditioning unit is 12 years old or more, replacing it with an ENERGY STAR-qualified model could cut your cooling costs by as much as 30 percent. As an HPwES participating contractor, Hutchinson is equipped with specialized training and diagnostic tools to determine how you home is performing. Schedule a no-obligation evaluation of your current system and we’ll provide you with all of your options!
The benefits of air conditioning.
In addition to keeping your home cool, air conditioners help clean the air in your home. Most units have filters that catch dust, pollen, mold spores, and other allergens as well as smoke and everyday dirt found in the air. Most air conditioners also function as dehumidifiers by taking excess water from the air and using it to help cool the unit before getting rid of the water through a hose to the outside.
How air conditioners work.
Do you think air conditioners lower the temperature in your home by pumping cool air in? Actually, the warm air from your home is being removed and cycled back in as cooler air. This cycle continues until your thermostat reaches the desired temperature. An air conditioner is basically a refrigerator without an insulated box. It uses the evaporation of a refrigerant, like Freon, to provide cooling. The evaporation process is the same in a refrigerator as it is in an air conditioner.
Central air conditioning: Split-system unit versus a packaged unit.
A split-system air conditioner consists of an outdoor metal cabinet that contains the condenser and compressor, and an indoor cabinet that contains the evaporator. Split-system central air conditioners are more energy-efficient. A packaged central air conditioner contains the evaporator, condenser, and compressor in one cabinet. This is usually placed on a roof of a small commercial building or on a concrete slab next to the house and typically has a lower SEER rating, indicating that it is less energy efficient.
Do you have a room that is a “hot” spot or “cool” spot? These are rooms you can’t seem to warm or cool from season to season. If you do, you may want to consider a ductless cooling system. These solutions allow you to claim back those areas as livable spaces, and the versatility of these systems is virtually unlimited. Mitsubishi is an industry leader in this type of air conditioning. Let the experts at Hutchinson explain all of the available options.
Call Hutchinson today, the leading heating and cooling experts in Philadelphia and South Jersey!
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.