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 next 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re catching the most out of your purchase and we want to help you along with that. Here are some things you should remember 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 come in and evaluate a load calculation on your home. 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 various other elements 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 investing in 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 blockage -- those could cause your system to lack 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 talent of your AC system. A system with better efficiency takes less energy to cool 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. Defining the proper rating for your home isn’t as simple as selecting the highest number. Some other ideas 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 household. Our professionals can guide you through all of your questions regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We understand a new system is a huge 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 314-838-9800 or schedule an appointment with us online.