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? 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 home’s 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 always be warming up and cooling down because it’s production 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 life 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 stay on too long and can’t fully cool your home when the weather gets toasty. An incorrectly sized system will have to work harder, your energy expenses will be higher and your comfort will suffer because of that. It’s very important to work with a pro that will perform 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 calculated based exclusively 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 experts from Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. 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 and 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. Purchasing a replacement air conditioner is a huge 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 experts at Rim Country Mechanical, Inc., give us a call at 928-537-1803 or set up an appointment with us online.