What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner06/06/2016 What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner The moment you start to think about air conditioner replacement it’s always crucial to remember that the verdict you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The pros at Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service in Raceland 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 item price to the cost of operation, an incorrect sized system could hurt you in a number of ways. Before choosing a replacement air conditioner you’ll want to set up a time for a professional to determine the load calculation of your home. Back in the day, load calculations were accomplished using an educated guess using a home’s square footage. Just like all technology, we’ve greatly improved from those times and now load calculations take into consideration: your home’s foundation, design and color of roofing, window type and location, insulation and a few other components. 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 greater a system’s SEER rating, the less energy is required to cool your home, which could create less-expensive 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 components 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 in your home is distributed by your ducts. If you’re investing in a new system, there’s no better time for an expert to inspect and make sure your ducts are in decent condition and that you won’t be losing 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 capability to easily move air throughout your home has a large impact on how well your system will perform. The experts here at Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service in Raceland 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 985-537-6795 or make an appointment with us using our online scheduler.