What Size Should My Replacement Air Conditioner Be?

February 29, 2016
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 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 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 always be warming up and cooling down because it’s productivity 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 life 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 small will stay on too long and won’t be able to fully cool your home when the weather gets toasty. An inadequately sized system will have to work harder, your bills may be higher and your comfort will be affected because of that. It’s very important to talk to a pro that will perform 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 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 pros from Hopper Heating and Air will study your home as a whole and then be able to provide an accurate load calculation. Load calculations include 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.
 
A correctly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it can also save you money. Purchasing a replacement air conditioner is a big 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 experts at Hopper Heating and Air, give us a call at 704-233-7363 to schedule an appointment with us.