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 getting the most out of your investment and we strive to help you along with that. Here are some pieces of knowledge you should have when the moment comes for an air conditioner replacement.
Choosing the Properly Sized System
An inadequately sized system may cost you in many ways, from purchase price to price of operation. You’ll want to have a professional come in and figure out a load calculation on your house. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were usually based on a home’s square footage. Technology has gone a long way and now, along with square footage, things such as: home foundation, window type 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 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 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 lose efficiency. Your system’s performance is affected greatly by how well your ducts can move your air.
Your Replacement System’s SEER Rating
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings measure the productivity of your AC system. A system with higher 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 going as high as 25. Deciding the proper rating for your home isn’t as obvious as selecting the highest number. Some other things to take into account are the climate in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be living in your house.
Our specialists can guide you through all of your inquiries regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We realize a new system is a considerable investment and we wish 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 772-353-4633.