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What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner

When 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 team at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. in South Beloit and Belvidere want to help you make the most out of your choice. We have some insightful 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 hurt you in multiple ways. Before choosing 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 considering 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 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 needed 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 deciding on the highest number would be best, there are some things 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 chance for a professional to inspect and make sure your ducts are in considerable form and that you won’t be risking efficiency through leaks. Along with leakage there are other issues 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 Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. in South Beloit and Belvidere 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 877-389-2465 or make an appointment with us using our online scheduler.