What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

June 06, 2016

What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

An air conditioner replacement is a choice that will stay with you for the next 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your investment and we strive to help you along with that. Here are some pieces of knowledge you should have when the moment comes for an air conditioner replacement.

Choosing the Properly Sized System

An inadequately sized system may cost you in countless ways, from purchase price to price of operation. You’ll want to have an expert stopover and determine a load calculation on your home. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were basically determined on a home’s square footage. Technology has moved a long way and now, along with square footage, things such as: home foundation, window style and location, color of roofing, insulation and various other elements factor into a home’s load calculation.

Check for Duct Leakage and Damage

Your ducts are what dispense air throughout your home. If you’re investing in a new system, you’ll want to be sure that new system is pushing air through quality ducts and you’re not losing efficiency through leaks. Leakage isn’t the only problem to be found in your ducts. If your ducts are not big enough, have kinks in them or have any blockage -- those could cause your system to reduce efficiency. Your system’s performance is affected greatly by how well your ducts can distribute your air.

Your Replacement System’s SEER Rating

SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings measure the talent of your AC system. A system with better efficiency takes less energy to cool your home which means cheaper utility bills. The federally mandated SEER rating for new air conditioners is 13 or 14 depending your region, with a ratings going as high as 25. Determining the proper rating for your home isn’t as obvious as picking the highest number. Some other knowledge to take into account are the weather in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be spending time in your household.

Our professionals can talk you through all of your inquiries regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We understand a new system is a major investment and we strive to help you make the best decisions for the comfort of your home. If you are searching for a new system or have any questions or concerns regarding your home comfort give us a call at 540-369-3790.