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 last you for the oncoming 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re catching the most out of your payment and we strive to help you along with that. Here are some pieces of knowledge you should remember when the day comes for an air conditioner replacement. Choosing the Properly Sized System An inadequately sized system may cost you in many ways, from purchase price to amount of operation. You’ll want to have an expert stopover and figure out a load calculation on your home. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were mostly measured on a home’s square footage. Technology has gone a long way and now, along with square footage, things such as: home foundation, window type 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 distribute 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 problem 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 reduce efficiency. Your system’s performance is impacted greatly by how well your ducts can move 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 bargain utility bills. The federally mandated SEER rating for new air conditioners is 13 or 14 depending your region, with a ratings reaching as high as 25. Defining the proper rating for your home isn’t as simple as choosing the highest number. Some other things to take into account are the climate in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be spending time in your house. Our professionals can talk you through all of your questions regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We recognize a new system is a major investment and we want to help you make the top 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 630-833-1100 or schedule an appointment with us online.