Considering investing in a new air conditioning system for your home? If so, you’re probably wondering where to even start.
There are lots of things 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 symptoms of an oversized air conditioner.
1. You System Short Cycles
The length of your air conditioning system’s cycle is an important factor to keep in 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 you set on your thermostat before kicking off. This whole process should take around 15 to 20 minutes.
If your system runs for around 15 to 20 minutes and cools your home in the process, this is a good sign. But if your system only runs for a few minutes before shutting off, it could mean it is oversized.
What’s happening in the latter situation is that your air conditioning system is cooling your home too quickly – or trying to at least. A large air conditioner has more cooling power than needed for a small space, so the system is running through cycles too fast while insufficiently cooling your home.
2. Your Electricity Bills Are High
As we said, if your air conditioning system is too big, it will run through cycles too quickly. Not only will this insufficiently cool your home, but it’s also going to use a surplus of electricity to do it.
As a result, you may find that your electricity bills are high. If your energy costs always seem inexplicably expensive and you’re not sure why we highly recommend looking into the size of your air conditioner.
3. There Are Temperature Inconsistencies Throughout Your Home
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 are always hotter than others, while some rooms may be too cold for comfort. A system that is too big will have difficulty supplying adequate air flow throughout your home, making temperatures all over the place.
4. Your Home Is Too Humid
Similarly to temperature inconsistencies, an oversized air conditioner will have difficulty removing excess moisture from your home. If you’ve ever felt like your home is much too humid (or if you have a hard time controlling the humidity in your home) this could be why.
For Florida homeowners, we all know how important controlling humidity is!
5. You’ve Noticed an Unusual Amount of Wear and Tear on Your System
If your air conditioner is too big, it’s not going to run efficiently. This not only can cause your home to be uncomfortable, but it’s not good for the system itself. Your system is likely working much harder trying to maintain some semblance of efficiency to no avail.
When this happens, you’re likely to notice your system seems to have more wear and tear than it should for its age.
6. Your System Is Always in Need of a Repair
On that note, more wear and tear on your system means more repairs are necessary to keep it chugging along.
If you’ve noticed something always seems to be in need of repair with your air conditioning system, this may be why.
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 a 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.
Contact Climate Design for a Free Estimate on a New 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.
Call (888) 572-7245 to schedule your appointment