Managing Your HVAC System

What You Should Know About Air Conditioner Replacement

Central air conditioners have an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years, so air conditioner replacement isn't a task that most homeowners have to deal with very often. When it's time to upgrade your AC, there are a few things you should know to be prepared and get the most out of your new unit.

Check the SEER Before Buying an AC

Modern central air conditioners are significantly more energy-efficient than those from even the last decade. The efficiency of an air conditioner is rated using a metric known as Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER. The SEER rating of any new air conditioner will be prominently displayed when you are ready to buy, so it's a good way to compare the operating cost of different units.

The higher the SEER number of an air conditioner, the more energy-efficient it will be. While high-efficiency units will usually cost more up-front, they will easily pay for themselves in energy savings over the course of their lifetime.

Consider Replacing Both Your AC and Furnace

Most homes have what is known as a split HVAC system. The furnace, blower assembly, and evaporator coils are installed inside, while the AC condenser is installed outdoors. If you have split system heating and air, you may want to consider replacing both the furnace and air conditioner at the same time.

Split system furnaces and air conditioners are designed to work perfectly together. When you upgrade one unit without upgrading the other, the mismatch could cause you to pay more every month because the new air conditioner isn't able to maintain its rated efficiency. This can also place strain on the system that shortens the life of both your furnace and air conditioner.

Be Prepared for the Day of Installation

Air conditioner installation can be a lengthy process, so it's a good idea to plan your day around it when you are having a new AC installed. Factors such as the size of your home and the existing ductwork configuration will influence how long it takes for the technicians to complete your installation.

Preparing the space where your technicians will work will help the process to go more smoothly. Make sure any furniture and other obstacles near the install site are cleared away and keep any pets away from the worksite. 

A new central air conditioner is an exciting upgrade, and with these tips, you can be sure you will get an AC you are happy with for years to come. Reach out to a professional who provides AC replacement services for more information.