Understanding Your Heating Options
- Are you looking to maintain your current heater and prevent issues before they arise?
- Do you need to fix a broken heater?
- Are you in the market for a new heating system?
For more than 6 decades and three generations, the family-owned business of Hutchinson Heating Cooling and Plumbing has proudly served New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia area. Whether you are looking to maintain your home’s existing heater in Delaware County PA, replace your broken heater in South Jersey like Cape May County NJ, or would like to upgrade your heater, you can trust the experts at Hutchinson to treat you and your family to world-class service. Allow our team of extensively trained technicians and consultants to prove exactly what it means to be “Expertly Better!”
Is your heater working? Would you like to keep it working without issue?
Hutchinson offers many tiers of preventative maintenance agreements; so no matter the age or state of your equipment, we have the perfect plan for you and your heater. Similar to changing the oil in your car, maintaining your heater today can help you avoid costly repairs in the future!
Is it 2am? Did your heater just stop working?
Hutchinson offers emergency services 24/7. At all times and every day of the week, our team is waiting to answer your call. We have trained technicians and fully-stocked trucks that are ready to get your heater working again immediately!
Has your heater seen better days? Are you ready to upgrade?
Let our friendly team of Home Comfort and Energy Saving experts evaluate your home’s heating system for efficiency, comfort, and energy savings. As a leader in New Jersey’s Home Performance with Energy Star Program, Hutchinson will ensure that you receive all state & federal rebates available. We will show you all of your choices and prices and assist you in choosing the best system to meet your family’s needs and budget.
Hutchinson technicians and consultants receive over 100 hours of training a year and are familiar with almost every piece of home heating equipment, along with every major manufacturer.
Hutchinson is the heating expert for:
We handle products from top manufacturers like Lennox, Amana, Bryant, Coleman, Comfort Maker, Dakin, Goodman, Mitsubishi, Payne, Rheem/Rudd, Trane, and York.
General Heating Services:
- Labor warranty on all HVAC services
- Register, Grills and Diffusers
- Thermostats: Standard, programmable, wireless
- System monitoring
- Airflow diagnostics
- Duct Sealing
- Whole home multi-zone system control
- Baseboard heat
- Steam Condensate Pumps
- Radiator Vents
- Exterior Ice melt systems
- Sheet metal fabrication & installation
- Energy Recovery ventilation
- Radiant heat
- Toe space heaters
- Water heaters
- Tankless water heaters
EXPERTLY BETTER TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE BEST SYSTEM FOR YOUR HOME
Many homeowners are getting shortchanged on heating system purchases. Research shows that 9 out of every 10 new systems experienced energy-wasting mistakes due to errors or oversights by the installing contractor.
The EPA states: “…newly installed heating and cooling systems that are undersized or oversized, improperly charged, or connected to a poorly designed and installed duct system will not deliver the rated efficiency.” There is a big difference between a system that puts out hot or cold air and one that performs at the efficiency, comfort, and safety levels intended by the equipment manufacturers.
Make sure your new equipment is the right size: When it comes to heating and air conditioning equipment, bigger is NOT better. Many contractors will sell you a bigger unit than you need. It costs you more to buy the unit, and it can cost a lot more to operate and service it. Even worse, an oversized system actually results in a less comfortable home. A recent Consumer Reports article stated, “Beware of being sold an oversized unit. An oversized unit can cycle on and off more frequently, causing noticeable temperature swings and put more wear on the equipment.”
What’s the difference between a system with ducts or without ducts?
Ducts are pipes that carry air to and from your furnace or air handler. There is a network of them that makes up your ductwork. If you already have ducts in place, a duct system would probably be the best option. Newer homes have modern duct systems that are energy efficient and offer zone controlling enabling you to set different temperatures in different areas of your home. If you have an older home, have your ducts checked to ensure there aren’t any hidden problems that will degrade a new systems performance.
Ductless systems have become a very popular alternative especially for homes heated by a hot water system. As you may have guessed, this option enables you to heat or cool your home without ducts. These systems blend nicely into the décor of most homes because they can be mounted on the wall. There are a variety of wall mount, floor mount, and ceiling mount units to choose from. Prices can vary depending upon the kind of unit you require. Many manufacturers also offer solutions that can heat or cool as many as five rooms independently. There are a host of options available; it just depends upon your needs and your preference for wall, floor, or ceiling units.
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.