The official start of spring just a couple weeks ago was a great reminder that even warmer temps are right around the corner. If you’ve lived our area for even just a year, you know how uncomfortably hot it gets as those temps climb. This means that now is the best time to think about your air conditioner. If you have a system less than 10 years old, this means getting maintenance on your schedule. If it’s any older than that, it means it might be time for an upgrade.
Purchasing a new air conditioner, though, is not something you should rush—for a few reasons. The good news is, when you contact our team we will help you make an educated decision on what type of air conditioner to buy—and most importantly, what size.
Why Size Matters
Let’s talk about that some more. Step one in purchasing a new air conditioner is finding the one that’s the best fit for your home, and we mean that literally. Properly sizing your air conditioner is the only way to truly meet your home’s unique cooling needs. And when we talk about air conditioner “size,” we aren’t just talking about the amount of space that your system takes up, though that matters as well.
What we’re talking about is the amount of energy output relative to the size of your home.
In other words, when it comes to your cooling system, size does matter, and bigger isn’t always better! An improperly sized air conditioner will cause system inefficiency, wasted energy, and wasted money. A professional HVAC technician will help you determine exactly what you need.
But what do we mean bigger isn’t better? Well, while a system that’s too small isn’t powerful enough to cool the space, a system that’s too large is too powerful. As a result, it will go through a process called short-cycling, where it turns on and off rapidly and never completes a full cooling cycle. This wears down on your air conditioner much more than just natural wear and tear over the years. This means you may find yourself replacing the air conditioner years before you should have had to.
Hire a Pro!
We don’t expect you to know how to properly size your air conditioner. That’s what we are here for! We do something called a cooling load calculation, where we look at not only the square footage of your home, but also things like insulation, how many windows and doors are in your home, how high your ceilings are, and more. And size is just the beginning on the list of reasons to hire a pro for your air conditioning installation.
A professional HVAC technician will help you find the most efficient system you can get! There are a variety of factors that go into the overall efficiency of your AC, and only a trained and experienced HVAC tech knows how to take all these factors into consideration.
Plus, only professionals are licensed to work with refrigerant. This is the liquid used to allow the cooling process to actually happen, and contact with it can be hazardous. An amateur installation could lead to refrigerant line damage, which is definitely not something you’d want.