What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner
The minute you start to think about air conditioner replacement it’s also important to remember that the decision you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The team at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Lake Forest want to help you make the most out of your investment. We have some insightful tips you can keep in mind when the time comes for an air conditioner replacement.
Properly Sized System
From item price to the cost of operation, an inaccurately sized system could hurt you in multiple ways. Before deciding on a replacement air conditioner you’ll want to set up a time for a professional to determine the load calculation of your living space. In the past, load calculations were accomplished using an educated guess considering a home’s square footage. Just like all technology, we’ve come a long way from those days and now load calculations take into consideration: your home’s foundation, material and color of roofing, window type and location, insulation and a number of added items.
Your Replacement Air Conditioner's SEER Rating
The efficiency of your system is measured using something called a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. The higher a system’s SEER rating, the less energy is required to cool your home, which could create lower utility bills. There are federally mandated minimum SEER ratings for new air conditioners based on region. While it may appear like choosing the highest number would be best, there are some components 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 moving though your home is distributed by your ducts. If you’re investing in a new system, there’s no better time for a tech to look and make sure your ducts are in decent form and that you won’t be losing efficiency through leaks. Along with leakage there are other troubles 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 functionalitiy to easily move air throughout your home has a big impact on how well your system will perform.
The experts here at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Lake Forest 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 949-204-0859.