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 experts at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating in Los Angeles want to help you make the most out of your investment. We have some helpful 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 affect you in a number of 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 house. In the past, load calculations were accomplished using an educated guess based on 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, material and color of roofing, window type and location, insulation and a few additional 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 required to cool your home, which could create lower utility bills. There are federally mandated minimum SEER ratings for new air conditioners based on region. While it may seem like choosing 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 time for a tech to check and make sure your ducts are in good condition and that you won’t be jeopardizing efficiency through leaks. Along with leakage there are other issues 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 big impact on how well your system will perform.
The experts here at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating in Los Angeles 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 800-296-5088.