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 be with you for the upcoming 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your payment and we plan to help you along with that. Here are some tips you should know 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 cost of operation. You’ll want to have an expert come in and figure out 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 gone a long way and now, along with square footage, things such as: home foundation, window design and location, color of roofing, insulation and multiple other elements 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 getting a new system, you’ll want to be sure that new system is running 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 obstructions -- those could cause your system to reduce efficiency. Your system’s performance is affected greatly by how well your ducts can distribute 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 lower temperatures in 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. Deciding the proper rating for your home isn’t as obvious as picking 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 household.

Our professionals can guide you through all of your concerns regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We understand a new system is a huge investment and we want to help you make the leading 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 714-855-1717.