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What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

When you start to consider air conditioner replacement it’s always crucial to remember that the choice you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The pros at Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning in Colfax 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 improperly sized system could hurt you in several ways. Before deciding on a replacement air conditioner you’ll want to arrange a time for a specialist to determine the load calculation of your house. In the past, load calculations were made using an educated guess using 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, design and color of roofing, window type and location, insulation and several other things.

Your Replacement Air Conditioner's SEER Rating

The effectiveness 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 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 seem like picking the highest number would be best, there are some factors 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 opportunity for a tech to check and make sure your ducts are in good condition and that you won’t be losing 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 functionalitiy to easily move air throughout your home has a major impact on how well your system will perform.

The experts here at Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning in Colfax 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 509-397-3622 or make an appointment with us using our online scheduler.