What Size Should My Replacement Air Conditioner Be?

February 29, 2016
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 rapidly approaching, but how do you determine 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 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 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 down the road.
 
On the other hand, a system that is too small will run too long and can’t fully cool your home when the weather gets hot. An inadequately 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 an expert 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 decided 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 Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning 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 and type and color of your roof, to the number of home occupants – a truly all-encompassing assessment of your needs.
 
A properly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it can also save you money. Adding a replacement air conditioner is a major decision, which is why we want to ensure your system will meet or exceed all of your needs. We are here to help you along during every step of the process. If you are ready for an air conditioner replacement or have any questions for the professionals at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning, give us a call at 734-363-8907 to arrange an appointment with us.