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 crucial 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.
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 production will not require it to workas long. This is known as “short cycling” and it increases the wear on your system and in turn decreases the life of your system. An oversized air conditioner will cost you more money up front and in the long run.
On the other hand, a system that is too small will run too long and won’t be able to fully cool your home when the weather gets warm. 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 speak with a professional 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 determined based exclusively 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 professionals from Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning will study your home as a whole and then be able to give an accurate load calculation. Load calculations are made 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 complete assessment of your needs.
A correctly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it will 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 throughout the process. If you are ready for an air conditioner replacement
or have any questions for the professionals at Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning, give us a call at 717-383-4479 to arrange an appointment with us.