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 also good to remember that the verdict you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The team at Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc in Rapid City 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 incorrect sized system could hurt 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 conducted using an educated guess using a home’s square footage. Just like all technology, we’ve greatly improved from those days and now load calculations take into consideration: your home’s foundation, type and color of roofing, window type and location, insulation and a number of other items. 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 needed 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 appear like deciding on the highest number would be best, there are some components 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 time for a tech to inspect and make sure your ducts are in good condition 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 ability to easily move air throughout your home has a major impact on how well your system will perform. The experts here at Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc in Rapid City 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 605-342-5107 or make an appointment with us using our online scheduler.