What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner06/06/2016 What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner When you start to investigate air conditioner replacement it’s additionally important to remember that the decision you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The experts at Klaus & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning in Upland 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 buying price to the cost of operation, an incorrect sized system could affect you in a number of ways. Before deciding on a replacement air conditioner you’ll want to arrange a time for a tech to determine the load calculation of your house. Some time ago, load calculations were conducted using an educated guess using a home’s square footage. Just like all technology, we’ve greatly improved 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 a few other items. 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 mean lower utility bills. There are federally mandated minimum SEER ratings for new air conditioners based on region. While it may sound like deciding on 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 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 check and make sure your ducts are in decent condition and that you won’t be jeopardizing 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 capability to easily move air throughout your home has a large impact on how well your system will perform. The experts here at Klaus & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning in Upland 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 909-982-5698 or make an appointment with us using our online scheduler.