What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner06/06/2016 What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner The minute you start to think about air conditioner replacement it’s additionally good to remember that the choice you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The experts at Knoechel Heating Company in Zelienople want to help you make the most out of your investment. We have some thorough tips you can keep in mind when the time comes for an air conditioner replacement. Properly Sized System From purchase price to the cost of operation, an improperly sized system could affect you in a number of ways. Before choosing a replacement air conditioner you’ll want to arrange a time for a tech to determine the load calculation of your house. In the past, load calculations were made using an educated guess using a home’s square footage. Just like all technology, we’ve moved on from those days and now load calculations take into consideration: your home’s foundation, design and color of roofing, window type and location, insulation and a few added components. Your Replacement Air Conditioner's SEER Rating The efficiency of your system is measured using something called a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. The greater a system’s SEER rating, the less energy is needed to cool your home, which could create less-expensive utility bills. There are federally mandated minimum SEER ratings for new air conditioners based on region. While it may sound like choosing the highest number would be best, there are some components to contemplate such as: the climate in your location, how often you use your system and the length of time you’ll be living in your home. Check for the Duct Damage and Leakage The air throughout your home is distributed by your ducts. If you’re investing in a new system, there’s no better time for a professional to inspect and make sure your ducts are in decent shape and that you won’t be risking efficiency through leaks. Along with leakage there are other issues that occur in your ducts that could cause you to lose efficiency such as: if they have any kinks, aren’t large enough or have any obstructions within them. Your ductwork and their ability to easily move air throughout your home has a major impact on how well your system will perform. The experts here at Knoechel Heating Company in Zelienople will help you through the entire process of air conditioner replacement and can answer any questions that may arise along the way. We know that a new system is a major investment and we want to be certain you’re making the best decision for your home and budget. If you have any home comfort questions or concerns give us a call at 724-452-6280 or make an appointment with us using our online scheduler.