What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner
An air conditioner replacement is a choice 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 want to help you along with that. Here are some things you should have when the day comes for an air conditioner replacement.
Choosing the Properly Sized System
An inappropriately sized system may cost you in multiple ways, from purchase price to price of operation. You’ll want to have a specialist visit and figure out a load calculation on your home. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were basically 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 various other characteristics factor into a home’s load calculation.
Check for Duct Leakage and Damage
Your ducts are what dispense air throughout your home. If you’re getting a new system, you’ll want to be confident 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 spacious enough, have kinks in them or have any interference -- 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 greater 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 going to nearly 25. Determining the proper rating for your home isn’t as obvious as selecting the highest number. Some other things to take into account are the weather in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be residing in your house.
Our experts can walk you through all of your concerns regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We recognize a new system is a huge investment and we strive to help you make the best 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 803-220-0761.