What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner06/06/2016 What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner When you start to consider air conditioner replacement it’s additionally good to remember that the verdict you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The experts at 1st Choice Service Group Inc in Asheville want to help you make the most out of your investment. We have some insightful tips you can keep in mind when the time comes for an air conditioner replacement. Properly Sized System From purchase price to the cost of operation, an incorrect sized system could affect you in a number of ways. Before choosing a replacement air conditioner you’ll want to set up a time for a specialist to determine the load calculation of your living space. In the past, load calculations were made using an educated guess using 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 several additional components. 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 higher a system’s SEER rating, the less energy is demanded to cool your home, which could create lower utility bills. There are federally mandated minimum SEER ratings for new air conditioners based on region. While it may appear like choosing 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 chance for an expert to inspect and make sure your ducts are in decent condition and that you won’t be risking 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 ability to easily move air throughout your home has a big impact on how well your system will perform. The experts here at 1st Choice Service Group Inc in Asheville 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 828-551-2913 or make an appointment with us using our online scheduler.