What Size Should My Replacement Air Conditioner Be?

February 29, 2016
What Size Should My Replacement Air Conditioner Be?
You’ve reached the point where it’s time for an air conditioner replacement or perhaps you see this point approaching quickly, but how do you decide the size of system you’ll need? Choosing the best 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 home’s needs.
 
When replacing your system, bigger isn’t always better.
Putting in a system that is too large wastes energy and money. A larger system will constantly be warming up and cooling down because it’s output will not require it to runas long. This is known as “short cycling” and it increases the wear on your system and in turn hurts the lifecycle of your system. An oversized system will cost you more money up front and over time.
 
On the other hand, a system that is too little will run too long and will not be able to fully cool your home when the weather gets hot. An improperly sized system will have to work harder, your energy expenses will be higher and your comfort will be affected because of that. It’s very important to talk to a pro that will complete a load calculation and advise you on the right system for your needs.
 
How is Load Calculation Determined?
A home’s load calculation used to be determined based only on square footage and was often wrong. Technology and knowledge have evolved a lot since then. When you’re ready for a replacement air conditioner, one of the professionals from Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc will study your home as a whole and then be able to provide an accurate load calculation. Load calculations are composed of everything from the construction of your home, amount of insulation, the local climate and type and color of your roof, to the number of home occupants – a truly comprehensive assessment of your needs.
 
A properly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it will also save you money. Buying a replacement air conditioner is a big decision, which is why we want to make sure your system will meet or exceed all of your needs. We are here to help you along for every step of the way. If you are ready for an air conditioner replacement or have any questions for the professionals at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc, give us a call at 727-369-6195 to arrange an appointment with us.