What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner06/06/2016What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner An air conditioner replacement is a choice that will last you for the next 10-15 years. You want to make sure you’re catching the most out of your payment and we plan to help you along with that. Here are some tips you should remember when the moment comes for an air conditioner replacement. Choosing the Properly Sized System An improperly sized system may cost you in many ways, from purchase price to cost of operation. You’ll want to have a specialist visit and figure out a load calculation on your home. Load calculations used to be made using an educated guess and were usually determined on a home’s square footage. Technology has gone 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 things 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 issue 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 move your air. Your Replacement System’s SEER Rating SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings measure the efficiency of your AC system. A system with greater 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. Defining the proper rating for your home isn’t as easy as choosing the highest number. Some other ideas to take into account are the weather in your region, how often you’ll run your system and how long you’ll be living in your household. Our specialists 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 wish to help you make the leading 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 703-369-5528 or schedule an appointment with us online.