Summer is just about officially upon us. If you haven’t already done so, now is a great time to ensure that your air conditioning system is equipped to handle the heat and keep you comfortable at an affordable price all summer long. Of course, this might mean you need to invest in a new air conditioning system altogether. If this is the case, you need to ensure that your new air conditioner is the right fit for your home—literally.
We get it—your instinct is probably to go out and buy the biggest, most powerful air conditioner your budget will allow. After all, that’s the way to guarantee it will work efficiently, right? Well, no, not quite. Not to worry though! We are here to guide you in making the right decision when it comes to your air conditioner. In addition to ensuring you have the proper size, we’ll let you know if we think a different type of air conditioner will benefit your home and family.
So, why does size matter so much? We’ve covered this below. Read on, and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.
The Problem with an Underpowered System
An undersized system, also known as an underpowered system, is going to give you some problems. The thing is, it simply will not be able to keep up with your home’s cooling demands. It will force your air conditioner to run longer than it should in order to cool your home. It’ll essentially be working harder than necessary, exacerbating natural wear and tear and resulting in an increase in energy costs for you.
Additionally, underpowered air conditioners simply can’t keep the homes they’re installed in as comfortable as occupants would like. During the hottest days of the year, it’s easy to see why this would be a problem. It’s better to ensure that you have a properly sized air conditioner installed to begin with.
The Problem with an Overpowered System
This is an air conditioner problem that homeowners are usually a little less familiar with. You’d likely expect that an oversized, or overpowered, system would be better for keeping a home cooled down, but it’s actually highly inefficient. This is because the best air conditioning efficiency happens through continued operation and regular cycles.
When a cooling system is too big for the home it’s in, desired temperatures will be met too quickly, before the air conditioner even has the chance to finish a full cooling cycle. This problem is known as short-cycling. Short-cycling isn’t something you want to deal with. It’s very inefficient, and also causes stress on your air conditioner, creating a faster accumulation of wear and tear.
How to Find the Right Sized Air Conditioner
The best way to find the right sized air conditioner for your home is to contact our professionals. We’ll conduct what’s known as a load calculation, looking at factors like the square footage of your living space, how many windows and doors there are, what type of insulation you have, and much more. From there we can make the right recommendation for you and your specific comfort needs.