Summer is officially here, though for us Florida residents, is summer ever really over?
Pretty much any time of the year around our parts is a good time to ensure your air conditioner is ready to handle the heat through professional maintenance. But what if your older system has been experiencing problems over the years? Could it be time for you to replace yours? If you’re considering the installation of a new air conditioner this year, then this is the blog post for you!
Something we’ve noticed about homeowners is they typically think that they should get the biggest and most powerful air conditioner on the market for their home. Maybe your air conditioners of the past haven’t seemed to do their job and you think a stronger powered one will do the trick.
Unfortunately, size really does matter when it comes to your new air conditioner, whether it’s too small or too big. Read on to learn more!
The Problem with an AC That’s Too Small
You probably already understand, at least to an extent, what’s wrong with an AC system that’s too little. Also referred to as underpowered, an undersized air conditioner won’t be able to keep up with your home’s cooling demands. It will force the system to run longer, which basically means it’s “working harder” than it should have to in order to do its job, which will reflect in higher than average utility bills.
An air conditioner that’s too small for the space it’s installed in will also be unable to keep your home as comfortable as you would like. During one of our hottest summer days, it’s easy to understand why this is an issue.
So what if it’s too big?
The Problem with an AC That’s Too Big
This is an AC installation problem that most homeowners are less familiar with. While you probably think that an oversized unit is better for keeping your home cool, it’s actually really inefficient. This is because optimal air conditioning efficiency happens with continued operation and regular cycles. An air conditioner that’s too large for its home will cycle on and off rapidly, never actually completing a full cooling load.
This probably is known as short-cycling and it can cause a domino effect of problems inside your air conditioner.
“How Do I Find the Right Size?”
We’re glad you asked! Give our team a call and we’ll conduct what’s known as a cooling load calculation. This is when our professionals look at a number of factors, such as the square footage of your home, how much insulation your property has, how many windows and doors there are, and if you have any drafts or other opportunities for energy loss. This helps us determine the power, or size, of the optimal air conditioner for your space.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team with any questions you might have. Not only can we help you with size, we’ll also help you determine if you’re choosing the right type of cooling system.