What Size Should My Replacement Air Conditioner Be?

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 determine the size of system you’ll need? Selecting the right 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 comfort 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 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 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 toasty. An incorrectly sized system will have to work harder, your energy costs may be higher and your comfort will suffer because of that. It’s very important to talk to a professional that will complete 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 only on square footage and was often erroneous. 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 Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. will study your home as a whole and then be able to give 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.
 
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 make 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 Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc., give us a call at 561-401-0011 to schedule an appointment with us.
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