What Size Should My Replacement Air Conditioner Be?
You’ve found yourself the point where it’s time for an air conditioner replacement
or perhaps you see this point rapidly approaching, but how do you decide the size of system you’ll need? Selecting the correct size is very important 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.
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 reduces the lifespan of your system. An oversized air conditioner will cost you more money up front and down the road.
On the other hand, a system that is too little will operate too long and will not be able to fully cool your home when the weather gets toasty. An inadequately sized system will have to work harder, your bills will be higher and your comfort will suffer because of that. It’s very important to work with an expert 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 calculated based exclusively 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 H&C Heating and Cooling will study your home as a whole and then be able to give 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.
An accurately sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it could 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 for every step of the way. If you are ready for an air conditioner replacement
or have any questions for the experts at H&C Heating and Cooling, give us a call at 301-960-3247 to arrange an appointment with us.