What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner06/06/2016 What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner The minute you start to think about air conditioner replacement it’s additionally good to remember that the verdict you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The pros at Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling in Liberty and the Kansas City Metro Area 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 buying price to the cost of operation, an incorrect sized system could cost you in a number of ways. Before deciding on a replacement air conditioner you’ll want to schedule a time for a professional to determine the load calculation of your home. Back in the day, load calculations were made 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 number of additional components. 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 better a system’s SEER rating, the less energy is required 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 picking 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 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 good shape and that you won’t be risking 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 ability to easily move air throughout your home has a big impact on how well your system will perform. The experts here at Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling in Liberty and the Kansas City Metro Area 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 816-286-7258 or make an appointment with us using our online scheduler.