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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 figure out 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.
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 production 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 lifespan 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 too small will run too long and can’t fully cool your home when the weather gets hot. An improperly sized system will have to work harder, your energy costs may be higher and your comfort will be impacted because of that. It’s very important to work with 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 calculated 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 American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning will study your home as a whole and then be able to offer an accurate load calculation. Load calculations are composed of 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 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. Buying 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 throughout the process. If you are ready for an air conditioner replacement or have any questions for the pros at American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning, give us a call at 818-370-7266 or schedule an appointment with us online.