What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner06/06/2016What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner An air conditioner replacement is a product that will stay with you for the next 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re receiving the most out of your investment and we plan to help you along with that. Here are some things you should have when the time comes for an air conditioner replacement. Choosing the Properly Sized System An inadequately sized system may cost you in countless ways, from purchase price to cost of operation. You’ll want to have a professional visit and determine a load calculation on your house. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were usually 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 style and location, color of roofing, insulation and multiple other elements 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 sure 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 blockage -- those could cause your system to lose efficiency. Your system’s performance is impacted 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 higher 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 getting as high as 25. Deciding the proper rating for your home isn’t as obvious as choosing the highest number. Some other ideas to take into account are the climate in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be living in your home. Our professionals can talk you through all of your concerns regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We understand 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 searching for a new system or have any questions or concerns regarding your home comfort give us a call at 610-626-2540 or schedule an appointment with us online.