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What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

An air conditioner replacement is a choice that will be with you for the oncoming 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re catching the most out of your payment and we plan to help you along with that. Here are some tips you should remember when the time comes for an air conditioner replacement.

Choosing the Properly Sized System

An inadequately sized system may cost you in countless ways, from purchase price to price of operation. You’ll want to have an expert visit and determine a load calculation on your space. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were usually based 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 various other elements 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 buying 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 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 lack efficiency. Your system’s performance is impacted greatly by how well your ducts can circulate your air.

Your Replacement System’s SEER Rating

SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings measure the talent of your AC system. A system with higher efficiency takes less energy to chill 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 going to nearly 25. Determining the proper rating for your home isn’t as obvious as selecting the highest number. Some other things to take into account are the weather in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be spending time in your home.

Our experts can talk you through all of your questions regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We understand 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 503-848-3838 or schedule an appointment with us online.