What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

June 06, 2016

What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

When you start to consider air conditioner replacement it’s always good to remember that the verdict you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The experts at Integrity AC & Heating LLC in Phoenix want to help you make the most out of your purchase. 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 improperly sized system could affect you in several ways. Before choosing a replacement air conditioner you’ll want to arrange a time for a professional to determine the load calculation of your home. In the past, load calculations were conducted using an educated guess considering a home’s square footage. Just like all technology, we’ve moved on from those times and now load calculations take into consideration: your home’s foundation, type and color of roofing, window type and location, insulation and several other components.

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 needed to cool your home, which could equal 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 think about 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 in your home is distributed by your ducts. If you’re investing in a new system, there’s no better opportunity for a tech to check and make sure your ducts are in decent form and that you won’t be jeopardizing 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 major impact on how well your system will perform.

The experts here at Integrity AC & Heating LLC in Phoenix 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 602-971-0567.