What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner
An air conditioner replacement is a choice that will stay with you for the next 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 tips you should have when the moment comes for an air conditioner replacement.
Choosing the Properly Sized System
An improperly sized system may cost you in multiple ways, from purchase price to cost 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 determined 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 many other things 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 certain 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 blockage -- those could cause your system to reduce efficiency. Your system’s performance is affected greatly by how well your ducts can distribute your air.
Your Replacement System’s SEER Rating
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings measure the efficiency of your AC system. A system with higher 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 reaching up to 25. Determining the proper rating for your home isn’t as simple as picking the highest number. Some other ideas to take into account are the weather in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be residing in your home.
Our specialists can talk you through all of your questions regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We realize a new system is a huge investment and we wish 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 951-299-9853.