What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

The minute you start to think about air conditioner replacement it’s always important to remember that the verdict you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The experts at Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling in Des Moines want to help you make the most out of your purchase. We have some thorough 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 inaccurately sized system could affect you in a number of ways. Before picking a replacement air conditioner you’ll want to set up a time for a tech to determine the load calculation of your living space. Back in the day, load calculations were conducted using an educated guess considering 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, design and color of roofing, window type and location, insulation and a number of additional components.

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 demanded to cool your home, which could mean lower utility bills. There are federally mandated minimum SEER ratings for new air conditioners based on region. While it may sound like choosing the highest number would be best, there are some things 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 in your home is distributed by your ducts. If you’re investing in a new system, there’s no better chance for a tech to look 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 problems 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 Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling in Des Moines 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 515-207-6569.

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