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What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

When you start to think about air conditioner replacement it’s always good to remember that the verdict you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The team at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc in Wisconsin Rapids 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 buying price to the cost of operation, an improperly sized system could hurt you in multiple ways. Before deciding on a replacement air conditioner you’ll want to arrange a time for a professional to determine the load calculation of your home. 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 times and now load calculations take into consideration: your home’s foundation, design and color of roofing, window type and location, insulation and several added things.

Your Replacement Air Conditioner's SEER Rating

The efficiency 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 equal lower utility bills. There are federally mandated minimum SEER ratings for new air conditioners based on region. While it may appear like deciding on 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 throughout 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 risking 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 functionalitiy to easily move air throughout your home has a large impact on how well your system will perform.

The experts here at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc in Wisconsin Rapids 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 715-421-5555 or make an appointment with us using our online scheduler.