What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner
When you start to think about air conditioner replacement it’s additionally crucial to remember that the choice you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The team at Colvin's Heating and Cooling in Excelsior Springs want to help you make the most out of your choice. We have some thorough tips you can keep in mind when the time comes for an air conditioner replacement.
Properly Sized System
From purchase price to the cost of operation, an incorrect sized system could affect you in multiple ways. Before picking a replacement air conditioner you’ll want to arrange a time for a tech to determine the load calculation of your home. In the past, load calculations were made using an educated guess using a home’s square footage. Just like all technology, we’ve greatly improved from those days and now load calculations take into consideration: your home’s foundation, type and color of roofing, window type and location, insulation and a number of added components.
Your Replacement Air Conditioner's SEER Rating
The productivity of your system is measured using something called a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. The better a system’s SEER rating, the less energy is demanded to cool your home, which could mean lower utility bills. There are federally mandated minimum SEER ratings for new air conditioners based on region. While it may sound like choosing the highest number would be best, there are some things to consider such as: the climate in your location, how often you use your system and the length of time you’ll be living in your home.
Check for the Duct Damage and Leakage
The air throughout your home is distributed by your ducts. If you’re investing in a new system, there’s no better chance for an expert to look and make sure your ducts are in considerable condition and that you won’t be jeopardizing efficiency through leaks. Along with leakage there are other problems that occur in your ducts that could cause you to lose efficiency such as: if they have any kinks, aren’t large enough or have any obstructions within them. Your ductwork and their ability to easily move air throughout your home has a major impact on how well your system will perform.
The experts here at Colvin's Heating and Cooling in Excelsior Springs will help you through the entire process of air conditioner replacement and can answer any questions that may arise along the way. We know that a new system is a major investment and we want to be certain you’re making the best decision for your home and budget. If you have any home comfort questions or concerns give us a call at 816-379-3918.