What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner
The minute you start to think about air conditioner replacement it’s always good to remember that the decision you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The pros at Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. in Manassas want to help you make the most out of your purchase. We have some insightful tips you can keep in mind when the time comes for an air conditioner replacement.
Properly Sized System
From buying price to the cost of operation, an improperly sized system could hurt you in a number of 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. Some time ago, load calculations were made using an educated guess using a home’s square footage. Just like all technology, we’ve moved on from those days and now load calculations take into consideration: your home’s foundation, design and color of roofing, window type and location, insulation and a few 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 better a system’s SEER rating, the less energy is required to cool your home, which could mean less-expensive utility bills. There are federally mandated minimum SEER ratings for new air conditioners based on region. While it may sound like deciding on the highest number would be best, there are some components 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 chance for a professional to check and make sure your ducts are in considerable shape and that you won’t be risking 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 capability to easily move air throughout your home has a big impact on how well your system will perform.
The experts here at Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. in Manassas 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 703-260-1148.