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 choice that will last you for the next 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 tips you should remember when the moment 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 amount of operation. You’ll want to have a professional visit and determine a load calculation on your home. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were basically 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 style 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 confident that new system is pushing 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 large enough, have kinks in them or have any blockage -- those could cause your system to lack efficiency. Your system’s performance is impacted greatly by how well your ducts can move 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 chill your home which means bargain utility bills. The federally mandated SEER rating for new air conditioners is 13 or 14 depending your region, with a ratings getting up to 25. Determining 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 living in your household.

Our experts can guide you through all of your inquiries regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We realize a new system is a major investment and we want 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 503-663-8033.