What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner06/06/2016 What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner The moment you start to consider air conditioner replacement it’s always good to remember that the decision you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The pros at Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC in East Peoria 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 improperly sized system could cost you in a number of 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 living space. Some time ago, 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 days and now load calculations take into consideration: your home’s foundation, material and color of roofing, window type and location, insulation and a few other 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 better a system’s SEER rating, the less energy is required to cool your home, which could create less-expensive utility bills. There are federally mandated minimum SEER ratings for new air conditioners based on region. While it may seem like picking the highest number would be best, there are some factors 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 throughout 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 good shape and that you won’t be losing 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 functionalitiy to easily move air throughout your home has a large impact on how well your system will perform. The experts here at Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC in East Peoria 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 309-437-2703 or make an appointment with us using our online scheduler.