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 be with you for the upcoming 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re receiving the most out of your purchase and we plan to help you along with that. Here are some tips you should know 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 amount of operation. You’ll want to have a specialist come in and determine 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 gone a long way and now, along with square footage, things such as: home foundation, window design and location, color of roofing, insulation and many 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 sure that new system is moving air through quality ducts and you’re not losing efficiency through leaks. Leakage isn’t the only problem to be found in your ducts. If your ducts are not big enough, have kinks in them or have any interference -- those could cause your system to lack 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 talent of your AC system. A system with greater efficiency takes less energy to chill 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. Deciding the proper rating for your home isn’t as easy 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 spending time in your household. Our specialists can guide you through all of your questions regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We realize a new system is a considerable investment and we want to help you make the leading 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 828-775-5176 or schedule an appointment with us online.