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What Size Should My Replacement Air Conditioner Be?

February 29, 2016
What Size Should My Replacement Air Conditioner Be?
You’ve come to the point where it’s time for an air conditioner replacement or perhaps you see this point approaching quickly, but how do you figure out the size of system you’ll need? Selecting the right size is critical for your system’s efficiency and your home’s comfort. There’s a perfect air conditioner out there for you and your budget.
 
When replacing your system, bigger isn’t always better.
Buying a system that is too large wastes energy and money. A larger system will continuously be warming up and cooling down because it’s production will not require it to workas long. This is known as “short cycling” and it increases the wear on your system and in turn decreases the lifespan of your system. An oversized unit will cost you more money up front and in the long run.
 
On the other hand, a system that is too small will stay on too long and won’t be able to fully cool your home when the weather gets toasty. An inadequately sized system will have to work harder, your energy costs will be higher and your comfort will be impacted because of that. It’s very important to talk to a pro that will perform a load calculation and advise you on the best system for your needs.
 
How is Load Calculation Determined?
A home’s load calculation used to be determined based exclusively on square footage and was often incorrect. Technology and knowledge have come a long way since then. When you’re ready for a replacement air conditioner, one of the pros from Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services will study your home as a whole and then be able to give an accurate load calculation. Load calculations include everything from the construction of your home, amount of insulation, the local climate in addition to type and color of your roof, to the number of home occupants – a truly complete assessment of your needs.
 
A correctly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it can also save you money. Purchasing a replacement air conditioner is a major decision, which is why we want to be sure your system will meet or exceed all of your needs. We are here to help you along throughout the process. If you are ready for an air conditioner replacement or have any questions for the experts at Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services, give us a call at 907-202-9798 to schedule an appointment with us.