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 on the horizon, but how do you determine the size of system you’ll need? Selecting 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 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 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 life of your system. An oversized unit will cost you more money up front and in the long run.
On the other hand, a system that is undersized will stay on too long and won’t be able to fully cool your home when the weather gets hot. An inadequately sized system will have to work harder, your energy expenses could be higher and your comfort will suffer 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 calculated based exclusively on square footage and was often erroneous. Technology and knowledge have evolved a lot since then. When you’re ready for a replacement air conditioner, one of the professionals from Lycoming Heating Company 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 comprehensive assessment of your needs.
A properly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it could also save you money. Adding a replacement air conditioner is a huge 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 during every step of the process. If you are ready for an air conditioner replacement or have any questions for the experts at Lycoming Heating Company, give us a call at 570-326-4450 to schedule an appointment with us.