What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner
An air conditioner replacement is a decision that will stay with you for the next 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re catching the most out of your purchase and we want to help you along with that. Here are some things you should know when the moment comes for an air conditioner replacement.
Choosing the Properly Sized System
An inappropriately sized system may cost you in many ways, from purchase price to amount of operation. You’ll want to have a professional visit and determine a load calculation on your home. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were basically determined 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 many 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 getting a new system, you’ll want to be sure that new system is running air through quality ducts and you’re not losing efficiency through leaks. Leakage isn’t the only problem to be found in your ducts. If your ducts are not spacious enough, have kinks in them or have any obstructions -- those could cause your system to reduce efficiency. Your system’s performance is altered 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 higher efficiency takes less energy to lower temperatures in 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 getting up to 25. Determining the proper rating for your home isn’t as easy as choosing the highest number. Some other ideas 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 specialists can talk you through all of your concerns regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We recognize a new system is a considerable investment and we strive 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 704-233-7363.