What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner
An air conditioner replacement is a choice that will last you for the next 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your purchase 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 improperly sized system may cost you in multiple ways, from purchase price to amount of operation. You’ll want to have a specialist stopover and figure out a load calculation on your space. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were basically measured on a home’s square footage. Technology has gone a long way and now, along with square footage, things such as: home foundation, window type and location, color of roofing, insulation and many other elements factor into a home’s load calculation.
Check for Duct Leakage and Damage
Your ducts are what move air throughout your home. If you’re getting a new system, you’ll want to be confident 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 circulate your air.
Your Replacement System’s SEER Rating
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings measure the productivity of your AC system. A system with greater efficiency takes less energy to chill your home which means lower utility bills. The federally mandated SEER rating for new air conditioners is 13 or 14 depending your region, with a ratings getting to nearly 25. Determining the proper rating for your home isn’t as easy as picking the highest number. Some other ideas to take into account are the climate in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be living in your house.
Our professionals can walk you through all of your inquiries regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We recognize a new system is a major investment and we want to help you make the top decisions for the comfort of your home. If you are ready for a new system or have any questions or concerns regarding your home comfort give us a call at 724-370-0141.