What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner
An air conditioner replacement is a choice that will be with you for the oncoming 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your purchase and we plan to help you along with that. Here are some pieces of knowledge 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 multiple ways, from purchase price to amount of operation. You’ll want to have an expert come in and evaluate a load calculation on your house. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were mostly based on a home’s square footage. Technology has come a long way and now, along with square footage, things such as: home foundation, window design and location, color of roofing, insulation and various other things 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 sure that new system is moving 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 spacious enough, have kinks in them or have any blockage -- those could cause your system to lose efficiency. Your system’s performance is affected greatly by how well your ducts can move your air.
Your Replacement System’s SEER Rating
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings measure the productivity 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 up to 25. Defining the proper rating for your home isn’t as obvious as selecting the highest number. Some other knowledge to take into account are the temperature in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be spending time in your house.
Our experts can talk you through all of your inquiries regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We understand a new system is a huge investment and we wish 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 724-401-1843.