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 upcoming 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re receiving the most out of your investment 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 many ways, from purchase price to price of operation. You’ll want to have a professional stopover and evaluate a load calculation on your home. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were basically 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 multiple other things 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 pushing 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 large enough, have kinks in them or have any interference -- those could cause your system to lack efficiency. Your system’s performance is altered greatly by how well your ducts can distribute your air. Your Replacement System’s SEER Rating SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings measure the efficiency of your AC system. A system with better efficiency takes less energy to lower temperatures in 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. Determining the proper rating for your home isn’t as obvious as picking the highest number. Some other things to take into account are the temperature in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be spending time in your house. Our professionals can walk you through all of your inquiries regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We realize a new system is a huge investment and we want 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 803-318-6995 or schedule an appointment with us online.