What Size Should My Replacement Air Conditioner Be?
You’ve reached 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 correct size is crucial 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.
Installing 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 life 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 small will stay on too long and can’t fully cool your home when the weather gets warm. An incorrectly sized system will have to work harder, your energy costs will be higher and your comfort will suffer 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 calculated based solely on square footage and was often wrong. Technology and knowledge have come a long way since then. When you’re ready for a replacement air conditioner, one of the experts from Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. will study your home as a whole and then be able to offer 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 all-encompassing 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 huge decision, which is why we want to make sure 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 Air-Right Energy Design, Inc., give us a call at 703-260-1148 to set up an appointment with us.