There are many factors that affect what type of air conditioning system is right for your home. Because of that, it can be hard to choose the right one. And sometimes, homeowners select an air conditioning system that isn’t a good fit.
These types of mishaps typically occur for a few reasons.
Sometimes a homeowner works alone or with an inexperienced HVAC contractor.
Other times, homeowners believe the bigger the system, the faster it will cool their home. While this may sound logical, air conditioning systems don’t work that way, which is why there are so many makes and models on the market today.
Ultimately, a 350 square-foot studio won’t need the same type of cooling and heating power as a 5,000 square foot, multi-level home.
So how do you know if your air conditioning system is too big for your home? And if it is, what should you do?
Let’s dig into the answers to those questions.
Signs Your Air Conditioner Is Too Big
Have a feeling your air conditioning system is too big? Look for these signs:
Your air conditioning system short cycles. The length of your air conditioning system’s cycle is an important factor to keep it mind if you think your AC is oversized.
To test if your system is short cycling, you’ll need to time how long your system runs on a hot day.
When cycling correctly, your system will kick on and run until your home reaches the desired temperature on your thermostat before kicking off.
This whole process should take around 15 minutes.
If your system runs for around 15 minutes, and cools your home in the process, this is a good sign.
If your system only runs for a few minutes before shutting off, it could mean it is too big.
Your home has temperature inconsistencies. Living in Florida, you need your air conditioning to do one thing: cool your entire home.
But if your air conditioning system is too big, it will struggle to keep your entire home comfortable.
You may notice that certain rooms just don’t ever seem to be comfortable.
Wait, So What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need?
If you haven’t invested in a new air conditioning system yet, and don’t want to invest in the wrong size, there are few things you might want to keep in mind.
You’ll need to find the load calculation for your home’s unique size and layout. Check with your local HVAC professional before you make any decisions.
Typically for ACs, one ton of AC capacity will cool approximately 500 square feet.
This means that if your home is 2,000 square feet, a three to four-ton unit will probably be the best option for your home.
I Think My Air Conditioner Is Too Big. What Now? Contact Climate Design for a Free Estimate on a New Properly Sized AC System
Your air conditioning system is one of the biggest investments you’ll make for your home, which is why it’s really important you choose the right one.
At Climate Design, our team of heating and cooling professionals can help you determine the best air conditioning system for your home so you don’t have to deal with the headache of doing it.
We keep your comfort needs and budget goals in mind so you can rest assured you’ll be investing in the right choice.
If you believe your air conditioning system is oversized for your home, or you need help choosing a new system, give us a call today.