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 oncoming 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re catching the most out of your investment and we plan 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 multiple ways, from purchase price to price of operation. You’ll want to have a specialist come in and determine a load calculation on your house. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were basically 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 dispense air throughout your home. If you’re buying a new system, you’ll want to be confident that new system is pushing 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 blockage -- those could cause your system to lose efficiency. Your system’s performance is altered greatly by how well your ducts can circulate your air. Your Replacement System’s SEER Rating SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings measure the talent of your AC system. A system with higher efficiency takes less energy to chill 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 up to 25. Deciding the proper rating for your home isn’t as simple as picking the highest number. Some other knowledge to take into account are the climate in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be living in your home. Our specialists can guide you through all of your inquiries regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We recognize a new system is a major investment and we wish 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 925-689-7017 or schedule an appointment with us online.