What Size Should My Replacement Air Conditioner Be? 02/29/2016What 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 approaching quickly, but how do you determine the size of system you’ll need? Selecting 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 comfort needs. When replacing your system, bigger isn’t always better.Installing 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 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 small will stay on too long and will not be able to fully cool your home when the weather gets toasty. An incorrectly sized system will have to work harder, your energy costs may be higher and your comfort will suffer because of that. It’s very important to talk to an expert that will perform a load calculation and advise you on the right 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 erroneous. Technology and knowledge have come a long way since then. When you’re ready for a replacement air conditioner, one of the pros from Desert Suns Heating & Cooling will study your home as a whole and then be able to offer 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 comprehensive assessment of your needs. A correctly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it will 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 professionals at Desert Suns Heating & Cooling, give us a call at 505-994-9176 or schedule an appointment with us online.