What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner06/06/2016What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner An air conditioner replacement is a product that will last you for the oncoming 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your investment and we plan to help you along with that. Here are some things you should have when the moment comes for an air conditioner replacement. Choosing the Properly Sized System An inadequately sized system may cost you in multiple ways, from purchase price to price of operation. You’ll want to have a professional stopover and evaluate a load calculation on your home. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were basically measured on a home’s square footage. Technology has gone 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 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 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 complication 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 lose efficiency. Your system’s performance is affected greatly by how well your ducts can move 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 chill 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 getting as high as 25. Defining the proper rating for your home isn’t as simple 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 professionals can guide you through all of your inquiries regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We recognize a new system is a huge investment and we want to help you make the top 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 724-452-6280 or schedule an appointment with us online.