What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner
An air conditioner replacement is a decision that will stay with you for the oncoming 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re catching the most out of your investment and we plan to help you along with that. Here are some tips you should have when the moment comes for an air conditioner replacement.
Choosing the Properly Sized System
An improperly sized system may cost you in multiple ways, from purchase price to price of operation. You’ll want to have a professional come in and determine a load calculation on your home. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were mostly 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 things 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 complication 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 lose 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 talent of your AC system. A system with higher efficiency takes less energy to cool 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 to nearly 25. Deciding the proper rating for your home isn’t as simple as choosing the highest number. Some other knowledge to take into account are the temperature in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be residing in your home.
Our professionals 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 leading decisions for the comfort of your home. If you are ready for a new system or have any questions or concerns regarding your home comfort give us a call at 715-504-0533.