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What questions should I ask when replacing my Air-Conditioning System?

What questions should I ask when replacing my Air-Conditioning System?

Replacing any component of your Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) system is a big investment and may sometimes seem like a daunting task.

However, it can also be considered a great opportunity to improve your home’s comfort levels, energy efficiency and indoor air quality. Before you decide to purchase a new Air-Conditioning system, make sure to ask your HVAC company the right questions so you don’t miss anything that might be important to you, your home and your family.

What size Air-Conditioner do I need? 

Don’t assume that you should buy the same sized equipment. Your HVAC consultant should measure the size of your home, the rooms, attics and living spaces. Your consultant should take note of any areas of the home that do not cool well, the temperature that you set your thermostat at for the summer, and any changes you have made to the home to improve your energy efficiency. Your consultant should perform a load calculation based on the Air Conditioner Contractors of America (ACCA) Residential Load Calculation Manual to help you select the right sized equipment for a zoning system that supports your comfort and energy savings.

How efficient will my Air-Conditioning System be?

As technology improves, air-conditioning systems are getting more and more “efficient.” Efficiency describes how much cooling the unit delivers for each watt of electricity, and is expressed as a SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating.  Due to environmental laws, the minimum SEER rating allowed today is a rating of 13, so look for units with SEER ratings that are greater than 13. The higher the SEER, the more you can lower your energy costs. Also consider cleaning, resizing, sealing, insulating and replacing your ducts to increase your energy efficiency.

Will I get a Maintenance Plan with my new Air-Conditioner?

A new Air-Conditioner is a big financial investment that you want to make sure to protect. Make sure your HVAC consultant includes a service maintenance plan for your new AC that will include regular inspections of your equipment, as well as discounts for repairs and any future upgrades. Be sure to go over all parts and labor warranties that are covered for the new equipment with your HVAC consultant.

For more information on replacing your Air-Conditioning or HVAC System call Allgood Plumbing, Electric, Heating & Cooling today at 678-369-8118 or visit our website at