What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner
The moment you start to consider air conditioner replacement it’s always important to remember that the decision you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The pros at GV Heating & Air in Crystal and Twin Cities 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 purchase price to the cost of operation, an inaccurately sized system could affect you in multiple ways. Before deciding on a replacement air conditioner you’ll want to set up a time for a specialist to determine the load calculation of your living space. Back in the day, load calculations were made using an educated guess considering a home’s square footage. Just like all technology, we’ve moved on from those years and now load calculations take into consideration: your home’s foundation, type and color of roofing, window type and location, insulation and a few added things.
Your Replacement Air Conditioner's SEER Rating
The productivity of your system is measured using something called a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. The greater a system’s SEER rating, the less energy is required to cool your home, which could equal less-expensive utility bills. There are federally mandated minimum SEER ratings for new air conditioners based on region. While it may sound like picking the highest number would be best, there are some factors 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 throughout your home is distributed by your ducts. If you’re investing in a new system, there’s no better opportunity for an expert to look and make sure your ducts are in good condition and that you won’t be risking 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 ability to easily move air throughout your home has a large impact on how well your system will perform.
The experts here at GV Heating & Air in Crystal and Twin Cities 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 763-535-2000.