What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

June 06, 2016

What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

The moment you start to think about air conditioner replacement it’s additionally crucial to remember that the choice you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The team at Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating in Laguna Niguel want to help you make the most out of your choice. 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 incorrect sized system could affect you in multiple ways. Before deciding on a replacement air conditioner you’ll want to set up a time for a professional to determine the load calculation of your house. 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 years 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 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 higher a system’s SEER rating, the less energy is required 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 appear like deciding on the highest number would be best, there are some components to consider 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 opportunity for a professional to look and make sure your ducts are in good condition 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 functionalitiy to easily move air throughout your home has a major impact on how well your system will perform.

The experts here at Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating in Laguna Niguel 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 949-525-9119.