What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner
An air conditioner replacement is a decision that will be with you for the upcoming 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 things you should know when the time comes for an air conditioner replacement.
Choosing the Properly Sized System
An inappropriately sized system may cost you in countless ways, from purchase price to amount of operation. You’ll want to have an expert come in and evaluate a load calculation on your home. 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 design 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 move air throughout your home. If you’re investing in a new system, you’ll want to be certain that new system is running air through quality ducts and you’re not losing efficiency through leaks. Leakage isn’t the only issue 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 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 talent of your AC system. A system with greater 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 reaching to nearly 25. Deciding the proper rating for your home isn’t as simple as choosing the highest number. Some other ideas to take into account are the weather in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be residing in your household.
Our professionals can talk you through all of your questions regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We understand a new system is a major investment and we wish 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 815-410-1128.