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 rapidly approaching, but how do you decide the size of system you’ll need? Selecting the right 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 comfort needs.
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 constantly 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 reduces the lifespan 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 will not be able to 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 be affected because of that. It’s very important to talk to a pro 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 determined based only on square footage and was often wrong. Technology and knowledge have made a lot of advances since then. When you’re ready for a replacement air conditioner, one of the experts from Heartland Heating & Cooling 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.
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 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 Heartland Heating & Cooling, give us a call at 515-344-3579 to schedule an appointment with us.