What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

An air conditioner replacement is a decision that will stay with you for the oncoming 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re receiving the most out of your purchase and we want to help you along with that. Here are some pieces of knowledge you should know 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 price of operation. You’ll want to have a specialist come in and determine a load calculation on your space. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were usually determined on a home’s square footage. Technology has come 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 things factor into a home’s load calculation.

Check for Duct Leakage and Damage

Your ducts are what dispense 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 issue to be found in your ducts. If your ducts are not big enough, have kinks in them or have any obstructions -- those could cause your system to lose efficiency. Your system’s performance is altered greatly by how well your ducts can move your air.

Your Replacement System’s SEER Rating

SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings measure the efficiency of your AC system. A system with greater efficiency takes less energy to lower temperatures in your home which means lower utility bills. The federally mandated SEER rating for new air conditioners is 13 or 14 depending your region, with a ratings getting to nearly 25. Defining the proper rating for your home isn’t as easy as selecting the highest number. Some other knowledge 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 experts can talk you through all of your questions regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We recognize a new system is a major investment and we want to help you make the top decisions for the comfort of your home. If you are searching for a new system or have any questions or concerns regarding your home comfort give us a call at 262-358-9468.

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