What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

June 06, 2016

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 decision you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The pros at Precision Mechanical in Rapid City want to help you make the most out of your choice. We have some helpful 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 deciding on a replacement air conditioner you’ll want to schedule a time for a tech to determine the load calculation of your living space. Back in the day, load calculations were accomplished using an educated guess using 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, type and color of roofing, window type and location, insulation and a number of added things.

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 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 moving though your home is distributed by your ducts. If you’re investing in a new system, there’s no better opportunity for a tech to look and make sure your ducts are in decent 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 capability to easily move air throughout your home has a big impact on how well your system will perform.

The experts here at Precision Mechanical in Rapid City 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 605-206-2564.