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 receiving the most out of your investment and we strive to help you along with that. Here are some pieces of knowledge you should have when the time 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 come in and figure out a load calculation on your house. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were basically measured 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 move air throughout your home. If you’re investing in 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 issue to be found in your ducts. If your ducts are not big enough, have kinks in them or have any obstructions -- those could cause your system to lose 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 efficiency of your AC system. A system with greater efficiency takes less energy to chill 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 reaching to nearly 25. Defining the proper rating for your home isn’t as simple 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 residing in your house. Our professionals can walk you through all of your concerns regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We realize a new system is a major investment and we strive 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 309-517-7511 or schedule an appointment with us online.