What Size Should My Replacement Air Conditioner Be?

February 29, 2016
What Size Should My Replacement Air Conditioner Be?
You’ve come to 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? Choosing the best 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 comfort 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 always be warming up and cooling down because it’s output will not require it to workas 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 air conditioner will cost you more money up front and over time.
 
On the other hand, a system that is undersized will stay on too long and can’t fully cool your home when the weather gets toasty. An improperly 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 an expert that will do 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 calculated based only 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 professionals from Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing 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 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 can also save you money. Purchasing a replacement air conditioner is a big 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 Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, give us a call at 724-370-0141 to schedule an appointment with us.