Five Crucial Things to Know Before Replacing Your A/C

With summer well under way, it’s past time to think about how to keep your home cool and comfortable. If you have an old cooling system or one that’s giving you fits, you may want to strongly consider replacing your A/C. A new, high-efficiency air conditioner can significantly reduce your energy bills this summer and for many more into the future.Five Crucial Things to Know Before Replacing Your A/C

What are the most important things to consider when replacing your A/C?

  1. Is it time to replace my A/C?  If your A/C is more than 10-15 years old, is forming ice, isn’t cooling as well, or you’re noticing condensation on your windows, it’s a good time to think about replacing your A/C.
  2. Avoid mixing and matching new cooling equipment with old cooling equipment. This is often tempting when, for example, your outside condensing unit gives up the ghost, but you don’t want to do away with the indoor evaporator/air handler. However, it’s usually better to replace the whole split-system A/C, since it can be difficult and costly to retrofit an old evaporator to work with a new condenser/compressor. This may be an option, but even if it works, you’ll probably be stuck with the efficiency level of the older component.
  3. Make sure the system is the right size for your house. If the system is too small, it won’t be able to keep up with your home’s cooling needs. If it’s too large, the A/C will short cycle, which wastes energy, provides unbalanced cooling, strains parts, and doesn’t humidify your home as well. Consulting with a professional for a detailed cooling load calculation is the best way to make sure your new system is the correct size.
  4. Check for energy improvements you can make to your home. Proper sealing around windows and doors, adequate insulation and effective ventilation can greatly improve how much cooling your house actually needs. It may even mean you can get by with a smaller system, leading to greater savings.
  5. What type of system should I buy? The higher the SEER rating, the lower the operating cost. You can also look at two-stage cooling systems, or zoning systems that allow for localized temperature control.

For more tips and advice about replacing your A/C with a new, efficient system, contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing. We’ve been serving the Greater Cleveland area for more than 79 years.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about replacing your A/C and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

For those Do it Yourselfers who would rather take control of your own indoor comfort, you can shop our online store for replacement parts, products and accessories!  

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