What Size Should My Replacement Air Conditioner Be?

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 approaching quickly, but how do you figure out the size of system you’ll need? Selecting 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.
Putting in a system that is too large wastes energy and money. A larger system will continuously 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 life 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 operate too long and can’t fully cool your home when the weather gets warm. An incorrectly sized system will have to work harder, your energy expenses may be higher and your comfort will be affected because of that. It’s very important to talk to a professional 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 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 professionals from Ambient Air will study your home as a whole and then be able to give an accurate load calculation. Load calculations include everything from the construction of your home, amount of insulation, the local climate in addition to 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 can also save you money. Adding 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 professionals at Ambient Air, give us a call at 520-201-3871 to arrange an appointment with us.
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