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 receiving the most out of your payment and we plan to help you along with that. Here are some pieces of knowledge you should remember when the time comes for an air conditioner replacement.

Choosing the Properly Sized System

An inappropriately sized system may cost you in multiple ways, from purchase price to amount of operation. You’ll want to have a specialist come in and determine a load calculation on your home. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were usually measured on a home’s square footage. Technology has moved a long way and now, along with square footage, things such as: home foundation, window design and location, color of roofing, insulation and many other characteristics factor into a home’s load calculation.

Check for Duct Leakage and Damage

Your ducts are what dispense air throughout your home. If you’re buying 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 problem to be found in your ducts. If your ducts are not big enough, have kinks in them or have any blockage -- those could cause your system to reduce efficiency. Your system’s performance is altered greatly by how well your ducts can distribute your air.

Your Replacement System’s SEER Rating

SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings measure the productivity of your AC system. A system with higher 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 reaching up to 25. Defining the proper rating for your home isn’t as easy as choosing the highest number. Some other knowledge 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 house.

Our experts can walk you through all of your concerns regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We understand a new system is a major investment and we strive to help you make the top decisions for the comfort of your home. If you are looking for a new system or have any questions or concerns regarding your home comfort give us a call at (616) 669-3961.