What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner06/06/2016What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner An air conditioner replacement is a choice that will last you for the next 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re catching the most out of your payment and we strive 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 countless ways, from purchase price to amount of operation. You’ll want to have a specialist 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 multiple 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 getting a new system, you’ll want to be certain 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 large enough, have kinks in them or have any obstructions -- those could cause your system to lose 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 productivity of your AC system. A system with higher 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 up to 25. Defining the proper rating for your home isn’t as easy as picking the highest number. Some other knowledge 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 home. Our specialists can talk you through all of your questions regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We recognize a new system is a huge investment and we want to help you make the leading 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 847-293-0047 or schedule an appointment with us online.