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What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

The minute you start to investigate air conditioner replacement it’s also good to remember that the verdict you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The pros at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning in Buellton want to help you make the most out of your choice. We have some helpful tips you can keep in mind when the time comes for an air conditioner replacement.

Properly Sized System

From buying price to the cost of operation, an incorrect sized system could affect you in multiple ways. Before deciding on a replacement air conditioner you’ll want to schedule a time for a specialist to determine the load calculation of your living space. In the past, load calculations were made using an educated guess using a home’s square footage. Just like all technology, we’ve moved on from those times and now load calculations take into consideration: your home’s foundation, design and color of roofing, window type and location, insulation and a few additional things.

Your Replacement Air Conditioner's SEER Rating

The efficiency of your system is measured using something called a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. The greater a system’s SEER rating, the less energy is needed to cool your home, which could equal lower utility bills. There are federally mandated minimum SEER ratings for new air conditioners based on region. While it may appear like choosing the highest number would be best, there are some factors to think about such as: the climate in your location, how often you use your system and the length of time you’ll be living in your home.

Check for the Duct Damage and Leakage

The air throughout your home is distributed by your ducts. If you’re investing in a new system, there’s no better chance for an expert to check and make sure your ducts are in decent form and that you won’t be risking efficiency through leaks. Along with leakage there are other issues that occur in your ducts that could cause you to lose efficiency such as: if they have any kinks, aren’t large enough or have any obstructions within them. Your ductwork and their ability to easily move air throughout your home has a large impact on how well your system will perform.

The experts here at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning in Buellton will help you through the entire process of air conditioner replacement and can answer any questions that may arise along the way. We know that a new system is a major investment and we want to be certain you’re making the best decision for your home and budget. If you have any home comfort questions or concerns give us a call at 805-688-4018 or make an appointment with us using our online scheduler.