What Size Should My Replacement Air Conditioner Be?

February 29, 2016
What Size Should My Replacement Air Conditioner Be?
You’ve reached the point where it’s time for an air conditioner replacement or perhaps you see this point rapidly approaching, but how do you figure out the size of system you’ll need? Choosing the correct 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 always be warming up and cooling down because it’s output will not require it to operateas long. This is known as “short cycling” and it increases the wear on your system and in turn hurts the lifecycle of your system. An oversized system will cost you more money up front and over time.
 
On the other hand, a system that is too little will run too long and will not be able to fully cool your home when the weather gets hot. An incorrectly 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 best 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 incorrect. Technology and knowledge have come a long way since then. When you’re ready for a replacement air conditioner, one of the experts from Titan Heating & Air Conditioning will study your home as a whole and then be able to offer an accurate load calculation. Load calculations include 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 comprehensive assessment of your needs.
 
A correctly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it can also save you money. Buying a replacement air conditioner is a huge 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 throughout the process. If you are ready for an air conditioner replacement or have any questions for the professionals at Titan Heating & Air Conditioning, give us a call at 514-600-5499 to arrange an appointment with us.