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 getting the most out of your purchase 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 countless ways, from purchase price to cost of operation. You’ll want to have a professional come in 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 gone 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 elements 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 getting 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 issue to be found in your ducts. If your ducts are not big enough, have kinks in them or have any blockage -- those could cause your system to lack efficiency. Your system’s performance is altered 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 cool 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 getting to nearly 25. Deciding the proper rating for your home isn’t as obvious 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 spending time in your household. Our specialists can talk you through all of your concerns regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We recognize a new system is a major investment and we wish 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 336-853-6070 or schedule an appointment with us online.