By: Mike Cooper
Air conditioning has come a long way in the past few decades. Modern air conditioners are much more efficient than those manufactured just 10 years ago. There are a number of factors to consider when selecting your AC replacement in Winston Salem, so it’s best to obtain the assistance of a HVAC professional from Advanced Appliance Service to help ensure you get the most out of your investment.
Properly Sizing an Air Conditioner
Many older air conditioners are oversized for the space they are cooling. A home’s cooling load is usually reduced whenever new windows, doors or insulation are installed, or when the home undergoes other weatherization upgrades. Oversized air conditioners cost you more money because they’re more expensive, but also because they waste energy and overwork system components. Our trusted HVAC professionals can make sure your AC is properly sized by calculating your home’s cooling load according to the industry standard.
Ductwork for your HVAC System
Getting an AC system that’s compatible with your existing ductwork with minimal modifications is a key consideration. Our HVAC professional can make sure the ductwork is adequate for the AC replacement and that it’s free from energy-wasting air leakage, and if not, the ductwork may need to be replaced.
Energy-efficiency of Your AC
The industry standard for measuring the energy efficiency of air conditioners is the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). The higher the SEER rating, the greater the air conditioners’ ability to convert electricity into cooling. The minimum SEER on the market today is 13. Higher-rated air conditioners will cost more, but frequently can be a good investment for the savings they will offer on future energy bills. For efficiency on the hottest days, look for a unit that has a thermal expansion valve rated above an 11.6 SEER (high-temperature rating).
For help making the proper choice of AC replacement in Winston Salem, contact the experts at Advanced Appliance Service today. We’ve been serving homeowners throughout the triad area since 1967 and can size your cooling system correctly.