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 upcoming 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 things you should remember when the time comes for an air conditioner replacement.

Choosing the Properly Sized System

An inappropriately sized system may cost you in many ways, from purchase price to amount of operation. You’ll want to have a professional visit and determine a load calculation on your house. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were usually determined on a home’s square footage. Technology has come 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 dispense air throughout your home. If you’re buying a new system, you’ll want to be confident that new system is moving air through quality ducts and you’re not losing efficiency through leaks. Leakage isn’t the only complication 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 lose efficiency. Your system’s performance is impacted greatly by how well your ducts can move your air.

Your Replacement System’s SEER Rating

SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings measure the talent of your AC system. A system with higher efficiency takes less energy to cool your home which means bargain utility bills. The federally mandated SEER rating for new air conditioners is 13 or 14 depending your region, with a ratings getting as high as 25. Deciding the proper rating for your home isn’t as simple as choosing the highest number. Some other things 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 home.

Our experts can walk you through all of your concerns regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We recognize a new system is a major investment and we strive to help you make the leading decisions for the comfort of your home. If you are looking for a new system or have any questions or concerns regarding your home comfort give us a call at 276-302-0076.