What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner
An air conditioner replacement is a product that will stay with you for the next 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re receiving the most out of your investment and we strive to help you along with that. Here are some pieces of knowledge you should remember when the time comes for an air conditioner replacement.
Choosing the Properly Sized System
An improperly sized system may cost you in many ways, from purchase price to amount 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 come a long way and now, along with square footage, things such as: home foundation, window design 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 distribute air throughout your home. If you’re buying a new system, you’ll want to be sure 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 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 circulate 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 reaching as high as 25. Defining the proper rating for your home isn’t as obvious as selecting the highest number. Some other ideas to take into account are the climate in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be residing in your household.
Our experts can walk you through all of your questions regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We recognize a new system is a considerable investment and we strive to help you make the leading 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 478-202-3076.