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 decide the size of system you’ll need? Picking the correct size is critical 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.
Buying a system that is too large wastes energy and money. A larger system will constantly 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 reduces the lifecycle of your system. An oversized unit will cost you more money up front and down the road.
 
On the other hand, a system that is undersized 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 expenses may be higher and your comfort will suffer because of that. It’s very important to speak with a pro that will perform 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 calculated based exclusively on square footage and was often erroneous. Technology and knowledge have come a long way since then. When you’re ready for a replacement air conditioner, one of the pros from Watts Electric & A/C Inc will study your home as a whole and then be able to provide an accurate load calculation. Load calculations are made 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 complete assessment of your needs.
 
A properly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it could 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 for every step of the way. If you are ready for an air conditioner replacement or have any questions for the experts at Watts Electric & A/C Inc, give us a call at 601-736-7362 to schedule an appointment with us.