It may seem kind of odd to be shopping for a new air conditioner during the fall season. But, that’s exactly what some homeowners like to do at the end of the summer. Off-season prices are often lower, and if you know that your air conditioner isn’t going to be able to get you through another summer then it’s better to have a new one installed now than to wait until demand is higher. If you’re one of those homeowners who is looking for a new air conditioning system this fall, there are a couple of considerations that you should take note of. One of the most important is the size of the air conditioner you’re trying to install.
Oversized Air Conditioners
The tendency for many people when installing a new system is to think that bigger=better. This isn’t actually the case. Bigger just means more output, which can actually do more harm than good when it comes to air conditioners. If you install an air conditioner that is too large for the home, it will run into a number of problems, foremost among them being short-cycling.
Short cycling in an oversized air conditioner is often caused by the thermostat shutting down the system before it can complete a full cooling cycle. This is because the output that the air conditioner generates is too much for the home in which it is installed. The strain of constantly stopping before it can complete a full cooling cycle will cause the air conditioner to wear down more quickly over time, increasing the frequency and cost of repairs. This will often shorten the lifespan of the air conditioner by a number of years. It’s best that you install a properly sized air conditioner, rather than wasting money on a system you’re going to have to replace early.
Undersized Air Conditioners
An undersized air conditioner will not be able to generate enough output to keep the home properly cooled. This will force the system to operate for longer than it was designed to, increasing the wear and tear on it significantly. This results in roughly the same issues that an oversized air conditioner would have to deal with: increased frequency and severity of repairs. If you insist on using an undersized air conditioner, you will likely have to replace it early. It’s far more cost-effective in the long run to just install a properly sized air conditioner.
Selecting the Right Size
So, how do you end up installing a properly sized air conditioner? The best way is simply to consult with a professional HVAC technician. It’s much better to have a professional evaluate your home to determine the best air conditioner for your needs, than to risk installing one that isn’t sized properly.
Comfort Zone Heating & Cooling provides air conditioner repair services in Atlanta, GA. If you need an air conditioner installed or serviced, we can take care of it for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.