Could Your Air Conditioner Be the Wrong Size for Your Home?

If you need a new air conditioning system, the size of the unit is more important than you may think. Sizing an air conditioner does not really refer to the amount of space it takes up. When we talk about sizing an air conditioner for new installation, we are referring to its cooling capacity.  The cooling capacity of your new AC system must be just right for your home or else it can require repairs early on and possibly fail prematurely. Professionals take special considerations when sizing an AC; take a look at why.

Sizing an AC

Finding the proper size of your new air conditioning installation is more difficult than it may sound. Air conditioning technicians are trained extensively to make careful calculations in order to make sure that the system is the right size for your home. Therefore, any guide that you can find online or in a book is probably not enough to ensure you get the right unit.

Air conditioning cooling capacity is calculated in BTUs (British thermal units) per hour, and deciding on the BTUs necessary for your home depends on a number of factors. A technician will ask you questions and measure your home in order to determine which size is correct to meet your home cooling needs.

What Can Go Wrong with Poor Sizing

The problems that can occur with an AC system that is too small may be obvious. If the air conditioner is too small, it might do a poor job of cooling your home, and it will use up a lot of energy while attempting to cool your home completely. If the air conditioner is too big, it can cause just as many problems. The air conditioner will short cycle and ultimately wear down well before its time.

Do you need an assessment of your air conditioning system to determine whether your AC problems are a result of improper sizing? Call the professional technicians at ACI Northwest for air conditioning services in Coeur d’Alene, ID today!

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