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 on the horizon, but how do you decide the size of system you’ll need? Selecting the correct 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 comfort needs. 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 productivity 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 life of your system. An oversized system will cost you more money up front and down the road. 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 improperly sized system will have to work harder, your energy costs could be higher and your comfort will be impacted because of that. It’s very important to speak with a professional 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 solely 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 Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing will study your home as a whole and then be able to provide 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 all-encompassing assessment of your needs. A correctly 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 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 Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing, give us a call at 661-437-3499 or arrange an appointment with us online.