What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner
The minute you start to investigate air conditioner replacement it’s always crucial to remember that the decision you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The experts at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc in Plainfield 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 item price to the cost of operation, an incorrect sized system could affect you in several ways. Before picking a replacement air conditioner you’ll want to set up a time for a professional to determine the load calculation of your home. Some time ago, load calculations were conducted using an educated guess considering a home’s square footage. Just like all technology, we’ve come a long way 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 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 needed 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 sound like picking the highest number would be best, there are some components to contemplate 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 time for an expert to look 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 capability to easily move air throughout your home has a big impact on how well your system will perform.
The experts here at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc in Plainfield 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 815-410-1231.