What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner06/06/2016What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner An air conditioner replacement is a decision that will last you for the oncoming 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your payment and we strive to help you along with that. Here are some pieces of knowledge you should have when the time comes for an air conditioner replacement. Choosing the Properly Sized System An inappropriately sized system may cost you in multiple ways, from purchase price to cost of operation. You’ll want to have an expert come in and evaluate a load calculation on your home. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were mostly measured on a home’s square footage. Technology has come a long way and now, along with square footage, things such as: home foundation, window design 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 distribute air throughout your home. If you’re getting a new system, you’ll want to be confident that new system is moving 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 large enough, have kinks in them or have any blockage -- those could cause your system to lose efficiency. Your system’s performance is impacted 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 lower temperatures in your home which means bargain utility bills. The federally mandated SEER rating for new air conditioners is 13 or 14 depending your region, with a ratings going as high as 25. Determining the proper rating for your home isn’t as simple as choosing the highest number. Some other things to take into account are the climate in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be spending time in your house. Our professionals can talk you through all of your concerns regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We recognize 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 searching for a new system or have any questions or concerns regarding your home comfort give us a call at 704-485-5506 or schedule an appointment with us online.