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 product that will stay with you for the oncoming 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re catching the most out of your purchase and we strive to help you along with that. Here are some tips you should have when the time 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 amount of operation. You’ll want to have a specialist come in and evaluate a load calculation on your space. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were usually measured on a home’s square footage. Technology has come a long way and now, along with square footage, things such as: home foundation, window style and location, color of roofing, insulation and multiple other characteristics 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 buying 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 interference -- those could cause your system to lack 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 greater efficiency takes less energy to chill 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 going as high as 25. Deciding the proper rating for your home isn’t as easy as selecting the highest number. Some other ideas to take into account are the temperature in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be residing in your home.

Our specialists can walk you through all of your inquiries regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We recognize a new system is a considerable 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 570-648-0748.