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 payment and we want to help you along with that. Here are some things you should know when the time comes for an air conditioner replacement. Choosing the Properly Sized System An improperly sized system may cost you in countless ways, from purchase price to cost of operation. You’ll want to have a professional stopover and figure out a load calculation on your space. 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 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 distribute air throughout your home. If you’re buying 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 complication 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 lack 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 talent of your AC system. A system with greater 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 going as high as 25. Deciding the proper rating for your home isn’t as simple as selecting the highest number. Some other knowledge to take into account are the temperature in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be living in your household. Our specialists can talk you through all of your concerns regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We recognize a new system is a major investment and we want to help you make the best decisions for the comfort of your home. If you are looking for a new system or have any questions or concerns regarding your home comfort give us a call at 309-762-3641 or schedule an appointment with us online.