A new air conditioner is a big investment, so you want to get the most value for your money. One way to do that is to make sure you buy the right size for your home. Another important step you want to take is to prepare your home so the chilled air isn't lost or wasted. Here are some tips for air conditioner replacement when you have energy-efficiency in mind.
Let The HVAC Technician Calculate The Right Size
If you're replacing your AC because it's old, then you may find there's a big difference between it and a new model. Energy efficiency has become more important over the years and today's air conditioners are generally more efficient, but this can vary according to the amount of money you want to spend on your new unit. You may need a larger or smaller unit than you have now to get the same or better effect.
When you buy a new air conditioner, you don't necessarily buy the same size as the one you have now. To get the best size, the HVAC technician will enter variables into an equation and calculate what type of air conditioner would be best for your home. This calculation includes things like expected temperature range, size of your home, and amount of insulation.
Have The Ducts Inspected And Replaced If Needed
Leaky ducts offset any advantages you have with an energy-efficient air conditioner. The chilled air will leak into your attic and reduce the amount that flows out of your ceiling registers. If your ducts are old too, have them inspected to make sure they are sealed tight. If gaps are found, it may be possible to fix them with duct tape. If you have old coil ducts with rips in them, it may be necessary to replace them so you get the best results from your new air conditioner.
Improve Your Home's Insulation
Use the opportunity of buying a new air conditioner to improve the insulation in your home. Something as simple as putting in more fiberglass batt insulation in the attic could make a difference in how cool you stay in the summer. In addition, you'll want to seal all the air leaks around your home. If it fits in your budget, you may want to add window film or use thermal curtains that reflect UV rays, reduce solar warming, and limit heat transfer from the outdoors. When your home is well insulated, your AC needs to run less and it will keep your home much more comfortable without driving up your power bill.
Replacing your old AC with a newer more energy-efficient model could make a big difference in your summer comfort and in your power bill too. When your air conditioner is installed, be sure to read the owner's manual thoroughly and ask the technician for maintenance tips so you can keep the unit in excellent shape and prolong its life to get the best return on your investment.