Are you looking to replace your air conditioner this spring? Or perhaps you are installing an AC system for the first time. You may have heard that the bigger the air conditioner is, the better it will perform. This is, unfortunately, a very common myth among Texas homeowners. We can see why you might assume that a state such as ours would need huge AC systems, as they have a very big job to do. But the fact of the matter is that if a system is too big, it has to work too hard and ends up cycling on and off quickly—a process called short-cycling—to compensate for its large size.
Why Is This Bad?
The more your air conditioner goes through the short-cycling process, the harder it has to work to get the job done, making it wear down faster. Additionally, since an air conditioner needs to run for 8-10 minutes at a time in order to dehumidify your air, you’ll find yourself facing excess moisture as well. Short-cycling doesn’t allow for this dehumidification, causing excess humidity to create problems within your home such as warped furniture and wallpaper. Too much humidity can also cause mold to develop, which is bad for your health and the health of your family.
Okay, Size Matters. So How Do I Know What Size I Need?
Luckily, you can leave this matter up to the HVAC professionals. We look at a variety of factors when sizing an air conditioner. This includes the home’s square footage, but also the ceiling heights throughout your home, the number of windows and doors in addition to their location, your insulations, how many occupants are in the home, and more. They’ll also look at any energy-efficient upgrades you made like weather-stripping and insulation, as these play a role in how big your system should be as well.
When you are having your AC installed or replaced, ask your HVAC contractor how they will size the system. While they should mention square footage, they should not rely on that alone. A good contractor will know there is a lot more to sizing your system than that.
For superior air conditioner installation in Melissa, TX and surrounding areas, contact Oaks Heat & Air today.