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 be with you for the next 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re receiving the most out of your purchase and we strive to help you along with that. Here are some things you should remember when the moment 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 cost of operation. You’ll want to have a specialist visit and evaluate a load calculation on your house. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were mostly determined on a home’s square footage. Technology has come a long way and now, along with square footage, things such as: home foundation, window type 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 buying a new system, you’ll want to be sure that new system is moving 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 obstructions -- 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 productivity of your AC system. A system with greater efficiency takes less energy to lower temperatures in your home which means lower utility bills. The federally mandated SEER rating for new air conditioners is 13 or 14 depending your region, with a ratings reaching up to 25. Defining the proper rating for your home isn’t as obvious as selecting the highest number. Some other things to take into account are the weather in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be spending time in your home. Our specialists can talk you through all of your concerns regarding purchasing an air conditioner replacement. We recognize a new system is a considerable investment and we want to help you make the leading 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 715-356-7000 or schedule an appointment with us online.