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 last you for the next 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your investment and we want to help you along with that. Here are some pieces of knowledge you should know when the day 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 price of operation. You’ll want to have an expert visit and determine a load calculation on your house. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were mostly determined 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 many other characteristics factor into a home’s load calculation. Check for Duct Leakage and Damage Your ducts are what distribute 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 problem to be found in your ducts. If your ducts are not spacious enough, have kinks in them or have any interference -- those could cause your system to lose efficiency. Your system’s performance is impacted greatly by how well your ducts can circulate your air. Your Replacement System’s SEER Rating SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings measure the productivity of your AC system. A system with better efficiency takes less energy to chill 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 going to nearly 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 living in your house. Our professionals can talk you through all of your inquiries regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We recognize a new system is a huge investment and we wish 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 417-544-4430 or schedule an appointment with us online.