What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner06/06/2016 What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner The moment you start to consider air conditioner replacement it’s additionally crucial to remember that the decision you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The pros at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa want to help you make the most out of your purchase. We have some insightful tips you can keep in mind when the time comes for an air conditioner replacement. Properly Sized System From buying price to the cost of operation, an inaccurately sized system could cost you in multiple ways. Before picking a replacement air conditioner you’ll want to arrange a time for a specialist to determine the load calculation of your house. Back in the day, load calculations were accomplished using an educated guess considering 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, material and color of roofing, window type and location, insulation and a few added things. Your Replacement Air Conditioner's SEER Rating The effectiveness of your system is measured using something called a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. The higher a system’s SEER rating, the less energy is demanded 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 seem like deciding on the highest number would be best, there are some factors to think about 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 in your home is distributed by your ducts. If you’re investing in a new system, there’s no better time for a tech to check and make sure your ducts are in considerable condition and that you won’t be jeopardizing 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 large impact on how well your system will perform. The experts here at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa 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 432-333-2208 or make an appointment with us using our online scheduler.