What Size Should My Replacement Air Conditioner Be?

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? Picking the correct 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.
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 runas 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 air conditioner 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 incorrectly sized system will have to work harder, your bills may be higher and your comfort will suffer because of that. It’s very important to talk to an expert that will complete 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 decided based solely on square footage and was often erroneous. Technology and knowledge have evolved a lot since then. When you’re ready for a replacement air conditioner, one of the pros from Kilbourne Heating & AC 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 in addition to type and color of your roof, to the number of home occupants – a truly all-encompassing assessment of your needs.
 
A correctly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it can also save you money. Adding 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 Kilbourne Heating & AC, give us a call at 561-287-7071 to set up an appointment with us.
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