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 stay with you for the upcoming 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re getting 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 time comes for an air conditioner replacement. Choosing the Properly Sized System An improperly sized system may cost you in multiple ways, from purchase price to amount of operation. You’ll want to have a specialist visit and determine 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 gone a long way and now, along with square footage, things such as: home foundation, window style and location, color of roofing, insulation and various other characteristics 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 buying 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 complication to be found in your ducts. If your ducts are not big enough, have kinks in them or have any obstructions -- those could cause your system to lack efficiency. Your system’s performance is affected greatly by how well your ducts can circulate 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 up to 25. Determining 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 residing in your house. Our experts can talk you through all of your questions regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We recognize a new system is a huge investment and we want to help you make the best 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 417-739-4606 or schedule an appointment with us online.