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 rapidly approaching, but how do you determine the size of system you’ll need? Selecting 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 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 productivity 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 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 undersized will stay on too long and can’t fully cool your home when the weather gets hot. An improperly sized system will have to work harder, your energy expenses may be higher and your comfort will be affected because of that. It’s very important to work with a professional 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 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 Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning 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 can also save you money. Buying a replacement air conditioner is a huge 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 during every step of the process. If you are ready for an air conditioner replacement or have any questions for the experts at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning, give us a call at 805-242-9638 to schedule an appointment with us.