What Size Should My Replacement Air Conditioner Be?

February 29, 2016
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 on the horizon, but how do you figure out the size of system you’ll need? Selecting the best 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 comfort needs.
 
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 output will not require it to operateas 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 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 can’t fully cool your home when the weather gets warm. An inadequately sized system will have to work harder, your energy costs may be higher and your comfort will suffer because of that. It’s very important to work with a pro that will complete a load calculation and advise you on the correct system for your needs.
 
How is Load Calculation Determined?
A home’s load calculation used to be decided based only on square footage and was often erroneous. Technology and knowledge have come a long way since then. When you’re ready for a replacement air conditioner, one of the experts from Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc 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 as well as type and color of your roof, to the number of home occupants – a truly complete assessment of your needs.
 
An accurately sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it will also save you money. Adding a replacement air conditioner is a major decision, which is why we want to ensure 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 pros at Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc, give us a call at 740-474-5940 to schedule an appointment with us.