What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner06/06/2016What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner An air conditioner replacement is a decision that will be with you for the upcoming 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re receiving the most out of your purchase and we want to help you along with that. Here are some tips you should have when the day comes for an air conditioner replacement. Choosing the Properly Sized System An inadequately sized system may cost you in multiple ways, from purchase price to amount of operation. You’ll want to have a specialist stopover and figure out a load calculation on your house. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were usually based 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 characteristics factor into a home’s load calculation. Check for Duct Leakage and Damage Your ducts are what dispense air throughout your home. If you’re getting a new system, you’ll want to be confident that new system is running 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 interference -- those could cause your system to reduce 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 cheaper 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 choosing the highest number. Some other ideas 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 guide you through all of your questions regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We realize a new system is a major investment and we strive 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 815-788-6283 or schedule an appointment with us online.