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 last you for the upcoming 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re receiving the most out of your payment and we want to help you along with that. Here are some tips you should know when the time 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 price of operation. You’ll want to have a specialist visit and figure out a load calculation on your space. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were usually based on a home’s square footage. Technology has gone 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 characteristics factor into a home’s load calculation.

Check for Duct Leakage and Damage

Your ducts are what distribute air throughout your home. If you’re getting a new system, you’ll want to be confident that new system is running 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 obstructions -- those could cause your system to lack efficiency. Your system’s performance is altered greatly by how well your ducts can distribute your air.

Your Replacement System’s SEER Rating

SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings measure the efficiency of your AC system. A system with higher efficiency takes less energy to lower temperatures in 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 going as high as 25. Determining the proper rating for your home isn’t as easy as selecting 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 living in your house.

Our professionals can walk you through all of your concerns regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We understand a new system is a huge 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 519-296-4437.