What Size Should My Replacement Air Conditioner Be? 02/29/2016What 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? Picking the best 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 budget. When replacing your system, bigger isn’t always better.Buying 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 runas long. This is known as “short cycling” and it increases the wear on your system and in turn reduces the lifespan of your system. An oversized unit will cost you more money up front and over time. 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 toasty. An inadequately sized system will have to work harder, your energy costs could be higher and your comfort will be affected because of that. It’s very important to speak with a professional that will do 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 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 Paso Robles Heating and Air will study your home as a whole and then be able to offer an accurate load calculation. Load calculations are made of 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 comprehensive assessment of your needs. A properly 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 major decision, which is why we want to ensure 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 pros at Paso Robles Heating and Air, give us a call at 805-238-7553 or arrange an appointment with us online.