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 stay with you for the upcoming 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re catching the most out of your purchase and we want to help you along with that. Here are some pieces of knowledge you should remember when the moment 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 visit and evaluate a load calculation on your home. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were usually 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 style and location, color of roofing, insulation and many other characteristics 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 confident 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 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 talent of your AC system. A system with better efficiency takes less energy to lower temperatures in 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 going as high as 25. Defining the proper rating for your home isn’t as easy as selecting 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 household. Our experts can talk you through all of your concerns regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We understand a new system is a considerable investment and we wish to help you make the top 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 432-333-2208 or schedule an appointment with us online.