What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner
An air conditioner replacement is a decision that will last 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 pieces of knowledge you should remember when the moment 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 amount of operation. You’ll want to have an expert visit and figure out a load calculation on your house. 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 style and location, color of roofing, insulation and multiple other characteristics 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 confident that new system is pushing 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 lack efficiency. Your system’s performance is altered greatly by how well your ducts can distribute your air.
Your Replacement System’s SEER Rating
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings measure the talent of your AC system. A system with better 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 reaching to nearly 25. Deciding the proper rating for your home isn’t as obvious as picking the highest number. Some other knowledge to take into account are the temperature in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be residing in your house.
Our professionals can walk you through all of your concerns regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We realize a new system is a considerable investment and we want to help you make the best decisions for the comfort of your home. If you are looking for a new system or have any questions or concerns regarding your home comfort give us a call at 301-363-4699.