What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner
An air conditioner replacement is a choice that will stay with you for the upcoming 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re catching the most out of your purchase and we plan to help you along with that. Here are some tips you should remember when the time comes for an air conditioner replacement.
Choosing the Properly Sized System
An inappropriately sized system may cost you in countless ways, from purchase price to amount of operation. You’ll want to have an expert stopover and evaluate a load calculation on your space. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were basically measured on a home’s square footage. Technology has moved a long way and now, along with square footage, things such as: home foundation, window type and location, color of roofing, insulation and multiple 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 moving 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 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 productivity of your AC system. A system with greater efficiency takes less energy to cool 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 as high as 25. Deciding the proper rating for your home isn’t as obvious as selecting 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 living in your home.
Our experts can talk you through all of your concerns regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We understand a new system is a considerable 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 805-242-9638.