Did you know that air conditioning units are designed to work within certain sized homes? The size of your home should influence what size unit you should purchase. Many homeowners are unaware that the size of their home is a key consideration when purchasing a new air conditioner. Some people think the bigger the better. They may think a bigger air conditioner will function better and cool your home faster. This simply isn’t true. Other homeowners look to save costs and may purchase a smaller unit, believing that air conditioner manufacturers offer bigger models, and more expensive models, in order to make more money. This isn’t true either.
How does a homeowner know whether their unit is the right size for their home and what are the signs that the unit they have may be oversized or undersized?
It’s Too Small to cool your Fayetteville home
It’s not uncommon for an air unit to be too small for the size of the home. You may suspect the unit is too small when the unit is running and blowing cold air, but your house doesn’t reach the desired temperature on your thermostat. It is working too hard to keep up with your cooling needs. A unit that is too small will have unnecessary wear and tear and potentially freeze the evaporator coils. You may also notice higher utility bills. Keep this in mind though….. There is a fine line between the correct size air conditioning system for your home and outdoor design temperature. The outdoor design temperature in North Carolina is between 91– 93 degrees. So, when the temperature is above these conditions; even a properly sized A/C unit may not cool your home to your desired temperature.
It’s Too Big…..The unit constantly stops and starts?
Bigger isn’t better! When you have an oversized heating and air system, the system will cycle on and off again in short bursts. This can lead to unnecessary wear and tear on your system as well as cause your system to run inefficiently. When it cycles on and off; it isn’t running long enough to let the air flow through the system and filter properly. It also can’t properly dehumidify the air. By properly dehumidifying the air; it reduces the moisture content in the air, which will make it feel more comfortable at a higher temperature. Another sign your unit is too big is higher utility bills. An inefficient system will always cost you more on your bills.
It’s Just Right
An air conditioner that is the right size is an air conditioner that is efficient. It will run through enough cycles to keep your home at your desired temperature without running in bursts, shutting on and off again, or working too hard.
Talk to a Professional at Two Amigos Heating & Air
The best way to know if your air conditioner is the right size for your home is to speak with a professional. Your certified HVAC technician at Two Amigos will determine the right load capacity for your home. They will measure your home, look at window placement and direction, whether your home is properly insulated, and do a room by room calculation. At that point, your HVAC technician will discuss what the best options are for your home comfort.