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 catching the most out of your investment and we want to help you along with that. Here are some pieces of knowledge you should have when the day comes for an air conditioner replacement. Choosing the Properly Sized System An inappropriately sized system may cost you in many ways, from purchase price to cost of operation. You’ll want to have a professional visit and evaluate a load calculation on your house. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were mostly based on a home’s square footage. Technology has moved a long way and now, along with square footage, things such as: home foundation, window type and location, color of roofing, insulation and various other characteristics factor into a home’s load calculation. Check for Duct Leakage and Damage Your ducts are what dispense air throughout your home. If you’re investing in a new system, you’ll want to be certain that new system is running 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 reduce efficiency. Your system’s performance is affected greatly by how well your ducts can distribute your air. Your Replacement System’s SEER Rating SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings measure the productivity of your AC system. A system with greater efficiency takes less energy to cool 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 reaching up to 25. Defining the proper rating for your home isn’t as easy as picking the highest number. Some other ideas to take into account are the weather in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be residing in your house. Our professionals can walk you through all of your questions regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We realize a new system is a major 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 661-437-3499 or schedule an appointment with us online.