A Too-Big AC Unit Can Spell Big Problems For Your Home
Is your old AC unit on its last leg? Seems like it never pumps out enough cool air to keep your home cool and comfortable during the hot summer months? You may think that your next AC unit should be bigger so it can provide extra cooling power for you. It’s reasonable, but unfortunately not accurate.
It’s important to be sure that your AC unit is the correct size to meet your home’s comfort needs, as a unit that’s too small or too large won’t cool your home effectively or efficiently. In fact, an oversized system can actually do much more harm than good.
4 Signs Your AC Unit May Actually Be Too Big
Your AC Cycles On & Off Frequently
An AC unit that’s too big will run for a short time to cool your home, and then will turn off when it believes it has done so. This is a problem called short cycling, and it translates into increased wear and tear and reduced operating life.
Higher Energy Bills
The start-up process uses the most energy out of all the processes your AC unit completes, so the short cycling of a too-large means substantially more power is used. If your utility bills seem bigger than normal, it may be because of your AC unit.
Your Indoor Humidity Is High
Short cycles generally don’t allow enough time for your AC unit to adequately remove moisture from your home’s air, resulting in troublesome high humidity. This extra humidity can lead to such problems as:
Growth of Mold, Bacteria & Viruses
Odd Temperature Fluctuations
Short cycling results in inconsistent temperatures. Rooms closest to the thermostat will have more even temperatures, while rooms may become hotter or colder the further they are from the thermostat, even if the AC runs for a complete cycle.
Use A Bit of Math & Call A Professional
When considering a new AC unit, you can use simple math to get an idea of the size your home will need. Generally speaking, one ton of AC capacity will adequately cool about 500 square feet. For example, if your home is 1,500 square feet, a three-ton system will most likely work well to cool your space.
However, many factors can affect the size AC unit your home will ultimately need, including the number of windows your home has, the amount of shade your yard gets and even how many people live with you. Always consult with a trustworthy HVAC company like Alco Air to get their recommendations before scheduling AC installation.
Choose Alco Air For Correct AC Unit Sizing & Installation
Call the Alco Air air conditioning specialists today at (903) 309-1389 for professional AC services. If you think your AC unit may be oversized or you want to schedule installation our NATE certified technicians are ready to bring you professional assessment and installation.