What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner06/06/2016 What to Know When Replacing Your Air Conditioner When you start to think about air conditioner replacement it’s additionally crucial to remember that the decision you’re making now will last you for the next 10-15 years. The experts at KDM Service Corporation in Tuscaloosa want to help you make the most out of your choice. We have some thorough 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 improperly sized system could cost you in multiple ways. Before picking a replacement air conditioner you’ll want to arrange a time for a tech to determine the load calculation of your living space. Some time ago, load calculations were accomplished using an educated guess considering a home’s square footage. Just like all technology, we’ve moved on from those times and now load calculations take into consideration: your home’s foundation, material and color of roofing, window type and location, insulation and several additional things. 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 equal less-expensive utility bills. There are federally mandated minimum SEER ratings for new air conditioners based on region. While it may sound 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 in your home is distributed by your ducts. If you’re investing in a new system, there’s no better time for a professional to inspect and make sure your ducts are in good shape 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 ability to easily move air throughout your home has a big impact on how well your system will perform. The experts here at KDM Service Corporation in Tuscaloosa 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 205-758-2703 or make an appointment with us using our online scheduler.