What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner
When you start to think about air conditioner replacement it’s additionally good to remember that the choice you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The team at Lakeside Heating & Air in Chelan and Wenatchee want to help you make the most out of your choice. We have some helpful 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 cost you in several ways. Before choosing a replacement air conditioner you’ll want to set up a time for a tech to determine the load calculation of your house. In the past, load calculations were conducted using an educated guess based on a home’s square footage. Just like all technology, we’ve greatly improved 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 items.
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 equal lower utility bills. There are federally mandated minimum SEER ratings for new air conditioners based on region. While it may appear like deciding on 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 moving though your home is distributed by your ducts. If you’re investing in a new system, there’s no better opportunity for an expert 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 large impact on how well your system will perform.
The experts here at Lakeside Heating & Air in Chelan and Wenatchee 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 509-284-4265.