4 Things To Consider Before Replacing Your AC Unit

Naturally, even the most reliable climate control systems will at some point need replacing and, given Britain’s propensity for fluctuating weather, you’ll need to act fast.

As Climate Control Experts, we suggest you make the following considerations to aid you in making a properly informed decision with regards to replacing your AC unit.

Which type of system is best for me?

To gain an accurate insight into the solution best suited to your office, factory or warehouse, you will need a contractor to evaluate your application. As part of this process, you should consider any functionality you are especially looking for - this, coupled with the contractor’s expertise, will ensure you find the best AC solution for you. As a case in point, a multi-unit ductless mini-split system is likely to be the best solution for offices with failing or nonexistent ductwork.

What size do I need?

Considering that undersized and oversized units consume excess energy and, therefore fail to perform optimally, it is safe to say that, whether within your home or business property, size does matter when it comes to your air conditioning unit. Ideally, you have your contractor perform a Manual J cooling load calculation to ensure that you invest in the right size unit.

What do SEER ratings mean?

In deciding to replace your AC unit, it is important you have an appreciation for SEER ratings and how they relate to your energy and monetary expenditure.

The acronym “SEER” stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, the higher ratios denoting greater efficiency within a system. Although law dictates that all air conditioners must be at least 13 SEER, the rating system extends up to 23 SEER. Equally important, should you decide a heat pump is needed within your system, is to look at HSPF ratings (Heating and Seasonal Performance Factor).

Equipment efficiency ratings are a particularly important consideration to make given the huge disparities that may exist between different systems. These rating systems help you to understand a unit’s impact on potential energy use and operating costs. Ideally, your contractor will be able to estimate the monthly or annual costs associated with your new unit. Regarding costs, it is worth bearing in mind that higher efficiency units typically incur more of an upfront cost, but the savings these units offer through improved efficiency often result in a much-shortened payback period.

What else do I need to accommodate installation?

Given air conditioners themselves form just one part of a complete cooling system, you might need to consider other components such as your duct work, thermostat or air handler, for instance. To ensure the optimal level of operation from your new system, you will therefore need to replace or repair any of the aforementioned components. Remember, a new, high-efficiency air conditioner will not afford you the savings you expect if, for example, air is leaking out of the duct system. As a result then, you will need to ensure your contractor performs a holistic evaluation of your system and all necessary components to ensure you don’t fall into the trap of leaking both air and money.

A consistent theme running through this blog is that of energy savings: from ensuring your system is the correct size, to considering SEER ratings. This is because Rapid Climate Control are committed to energy efficiency and ensuring you can get the most energy for your money. As a result, we have also created a handy infographic that is designed to help you cool off your unnecessary cooling costs, outlining basic best practices you can follow to ensure maximum energy efficiency.

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