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 receiving the most out of your purchase and we plan to help you along with that. Here are some things 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 cost of operation. You’ll want to have a specialist come in and determine a load calculation on your space. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were usually determined on a home’s square footage. Technology has gone a long way and now, along with square footage, things such as: home foundation, window type 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 distribute air throughout your home. If you’re buying a new system, you’ll want to be sure that new system is pushing 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 interference -- those could cause your system to lose efficiency. Your system’s performance is impacted 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 better efficiency takes less energy to chill 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 picking the highest number. Some other things to take into account are the climate in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be residing in your home.
Our specialists can guide you through all of your questions regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We understand a new system is a considerable investment and we wish to help you make the best 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 715-301-0727.