Central air conditioners are rugged and last a long time under normal circumstances. If you've had your old AC for many years, you may notice a big difference in newer models when it comes to features and efficiency since technology is improving all the time. Getting a replacement AC isn't as simple as swapping out the equipment for new equipment of the same size. The HVAC technician has several things to consider when replacing your AC. Here are some things you may want to discuss with an HVAC technician before having a new central air conditioner installed.

Placement Of The Duct System

Ducts come in different sizes, and it's important to choose the best ones for your air conditioner. Plus, you'll want to decide if you want the ducts in your attic where it is hot in the summer or if you want them in a place where the air is conditioned. If they'll be in your attic, ask about the need for duct insulation. Another thing to think about is the number of registers needed to move air around your house and through the air handler effectively.

The Need To Add Home Insulation

An energy-efficient air conditioner is more effective when your home is well insulated. The level of insulation in your home is a factor that determines the right size of your new air conditioner. If your home doesn't have enough insulation, consider adding more before your new AC is installed so sizing is accurate and so you get the best performance out of your new AC. New insulation may be needed for the attic and around your windows if the windows are old and drafty.

Whether To Replace Indoor And Outdoor Units

If your air conditioner is several years old, then you'll probably have both the outdoor condenser and indoor air handler replaced at the same time with compatible new equipment. However, if your AC is still fairly new but damaged, then replacing the damaged unit and keeping the other one might be an option. This is something you'll want to discuss with the technician since keeping some of your current system will lower the price. However, it may be best to get all new equipment so your AC works efficiently as it is supposed to.

In addition, one of the most important considerations when replacing your new AC is buying the right size. An AC that's too small is a bad choice and so is buying one that's too large. Along with calculating the square footage of your home, the technician will look at other things such as the local climate and if your home has a basement or slab to make sure your new AC is a good match for your house.

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