What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner06/06/2016 What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner The moment you start to investigate air conditioner replacement it’s always good to remember that the choice you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The pros at Farnell Mechanical, Inc. in Opelika want to help you make the most out of your investment. 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 incorrect sized system could cost you in multiple ways. Before choosing a replacement air conditioner you’ll want to schedule a time for a professional to determine the load calculation of your house. Back in the day, load calculations were accomplished using an educated guess considering a home’s square footage. Just like all technology, we’ve come a long way from those days and now load calculations take into consideration: your home’s foundation, design and color of roofing, window type and location, insulation and a few additional things. 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 demanded 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 sound like choosing the highest number would be best, there are some factors 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 a tech to look and make sure your ducts are in good condition 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 ability to easily move air throughout your home has a large impact on how well your system will perform. The experts here at Farnell Mechanical, Inc. in Opelika 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 334-524-2458 or make an appointment with us using our online scheduler.