What Size Should My Replacement Air Conditioner Be? 02/29/2016What 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 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 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 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 decreases 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 little will run too long and won’t be able to fully cool your home when the weather gets toasty. An improperly sized system will have to work harder, your energy expenses could be higher and your comfort will be impacted because of that. It’s very important to speak with a pro that will perform a load calculation and advise you on the correct 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 incorrect. Technology and knowledge have made a lot of advances since then. When you’re ready for a replacement air conditioner, one of the professionals from Energy Upgrades, Inc. 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 properly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it could also save you money. Buying a replacement air conditioner is a big decision, which is why we want to make sure 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 pros at Energy Upgrades, Inc., give us a call at 626-478-2922 or schedule an appointment with us online.