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AC Installation in New Richmond, WI

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Hurlburt Heating AC and Plumbing has been in the business of installing residential air conditioners since 1959! That’s 60+ years of creating home HVAC solutions for the New Richmond community. We are confident in our team’s ability to find the perfect air conditioner to keep you cool and comfortable all summer long. Whether you are building a new house, renovating your current home or are simply looking to replace your existing AC, Hurlburt has your back.

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Central AC for New Richmond homes

Most homes in our area are equipped with central HVAC. This is a furnace and air conditioner working together to distribute warm and cool air throughout your house using a system of ductwork. 

While there is some energy loss associated with ductwork, it still remains one of the most effective ways of evenly heating and cooling an entire home. Along with the main parts of the home, ductwork allows for heating and cooling in smaller spaces, such as bathrooms, closets and pantries. 

Ducted homes use two sets of ducts, a return and a supply. The supply duct is what brings the hot or cool air into each room. The return duct sucks the old, stagnant air back to the furnace where it is either heated or cooled and then set out through the supply. Because of this, ducted homes typically have better air circulation than homes without ductwork.

When you choose Hurlburt Heating AC and Plumbing to install a central AC in your home, we will take into account your cooling load and find the perfect unit for you. Improperly sized AC units can create a whole host of problems, from higher utility bills to poor performance and shorter equipment lifespans. Our team of professionals will make sure your new air conditioner is installed according to code and will keep you cool for years to come.

Heat pumps in Wisconsin

Heat pumps look very similar to a central AC unit. In fact, on cooling mode, they function just like a central AC too! The big difference is that these units are capable of running the refrigeration cycle in reverse to provide heat as well as cooling. 

A heat pump doesn’t need to “create” heat like an electric or gas-fired furnace does. It simply uses the refrigeration cycle to move heat from one area to another. In the summer, your AC takes heat from inside your home and releases it outside. On heating mode, the heat pump is able to find heat in the ambient air outdoors and bring it inside to heat your home. 

While that might seem impossible in a Wisconsin winter, heat pump technology allows for this to happen. However, in our area, we do need to make sure our heat pumps are rated for cold weather and subzero temperatures. These heat pumps are a little more expensive than the ones that work in places like Florida and Arizona, but you can rely on heat pumps here in Wisconsin if you have the right one. For that reason, we recommend going through an experienced HVAC company to find a unit that will work for you. 

Ductless AC options

Not all homes have ductwork. A lot of older homes in New Richmond rely on boiler heat. Converting these homes to central HVAC is possible but would require some significant renovations. Luckily, there are ductless AC options that will keep you cool in your home without breaking the bank.

Ductless mini splits are a popular choice for homes and spaces without ductwork or areas that require supplemental heating and cooling. These units are a type of heat pump but their installation is a little different. 

Mini splits come in a few options. The most popular one we install is with wall-mounted air handlers. But air handlers can be either floor-mounted or recessed in the ceiling. For whole-home heating and cooling, mini splits must be equipped with multiple air handlers. One air handler per room is a good rule, though large, open floor plans can often use a single air handler to service a larger space.

Multiple air handlers can be connected to a single, outdoor unit. While they all utilize a single condenser, each individual air handler can be controlled on its own. This makes them a great choice for zoning applications. However, the reason for their popularity in New Richmond is their low operating costs. Ductless mini splits are the most eco-friendly AC option on the market. For our clients, that means they pay less per month for heating and cooling. 

Mini splits are integrated with their own smart technology. The indoor units are in constant communication with the outdoor condenser. The unit automatically adjusts its energy output to the necessary cooling load while maintaining the indoor temperature settings.

Common applications for mini splits:

If you are considering a ductless mini split for your home or garage, feel free to contact us with questions. 

How the Hurlburt team can find the right AC for you

At Hurlburt Heating AC and Plumbing, we know all homes are unique. What works great for your neighbor’s home might be a poor choice for yours. We look at everything that might affect BTU requirements and take into account any installation considerations you have.

If you are considering a central AC vs a heat pump, we can give you estimates for each and talk about the pros and cons. We believe in providing all the information our clients need to make the best decision for their home HVAC system. 

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