What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner
An air conditioner replacement is a decision that will be with you for the next 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your investment and we want to help you along with that. Here are some pieces of knowledge you should know when the moment comes for an air conditioner replacement.
Choosing the Properly Sized System
An inadequately sized system may cost you in many ways, from purchase price to cost of operation. You’ll want to have a specialist visit and evaluate a load calculation on your space. 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 style and location, color of roofing, insulation and various other elements 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 certain 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 spacious 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 circulate 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 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 getting up to 25. Defining the proper rating for your home isn’t as obvious as selecting 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 spending time in your house.
Our experts can walk you through all of your inquiries regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We recognize a new system is a major investment and we strive to help you make the best 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 478-202-3170.