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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 approaching quickly, but how do you figure out the size of system you’ll need? Picking the right 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 continuously 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 in the long run.
 
On the other hand, a system that is too little will operate too long and can’t fully cool your home when the weather gets hot. An inadequately 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 talk to a professional that will do 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 decided based exclusively on square footage and was often incorrect. Technology and knowledge have evolved a lot since then. When you’re ready for a replacement air conditioner, one of the pros from PWA Heating & Cooling 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 in addition to 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 could 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 throughout the process. If you are ready for an air conditioner replacement or have any questions for the pros at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc, give us a call at 815-410-1231 to arrange an appointment with us.