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What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

The minute you start to consider air conditioner replacement it’s always crucial to remember that the verdict you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The pros at Craig's Heating & Cooling in Bountiful want to help you make the most out of your purchase. 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 inaccurately sized system could cost you in multiple ways. Before picking a replacement air conditioner you’ll want to arrange 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 greatly improved from those years and now load calculations take into consideration: your home’s foundation, design and color of roofing, window type and location, insulation and several added 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 choosing 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 throughout your home is distributed by your ducts. If you’re investing in a new system, there’s no better opportunity for a tech to check and make sure your ducts are in decent form and that you won’t be losing 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 functionalitiy to easily move air throughout your home has a large impact on how well your system will perform.

The experts here at Craig's Heating & Cooling in Bountiful 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 801-295-3357 or make an appointment with us using our online scheduler.