What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner
An air conditioner replacement is a choice that will last you for the upcoming 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your investment and we strive to help you along with that. Here are some things you should remember when the day comes for an air conditioner replacement.
Choosing the Properly Sized System
An inadequately sized system may cost you in multiple ways, from purchase price to amount of operation. You’ll want to have a specialist visit and determine a load calculation on your space. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were usually 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 many 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 getting 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 issue 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 lack efficiency. Your system’s performance is altered greatly by how well your ducts can move your air.
Your Replacement System’s SEER Rating
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings measure the productivity of your AC system. A system with better efficiency takes less energy to cool 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 getting to nearly 25. Defining the proper rating for your home isn’t as simple as selecting the highest number. Some other things to take into account are the temperature in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be spending time in your house.
Our specialists can walk you through all of your inquiries regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We understand a new system is a considerable investment and we strive to help you make the best 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 530-885-8081.