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 decision that will last 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 pieces of knowledge you should remember when the moment 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 cost of operation. You’ll want to have an expert come in and determine a load calculation on your home. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were basically 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 type 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 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 obstructions -- 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 greater efficiency takes less energy to lower temperatures in 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 ideas to take into account are the climate in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be living in your home.

Our specialists can talk you through all of your concerns regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We understand a new system is a huge investment and we wish to help you make the top 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 256-801-4701.