What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner
An air conditioner replacement is a decision that will be with you for the oncoming 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your purchase and we plan to help you along with that. Here are some things 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 a specialist visit and figure out a load calculation on your house. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were mostly based 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 things 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 getting a new system, you’ll want to be sure 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 blockage -- 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 going as high as 25. Deciding the proper rating for your home isn’t as easy as choosing 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 residing in your household.
Our specialists can talk you through all of your concerns regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We recognize a new system is a major investment and we want 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 727-369-6195.