When it comes investing in a new air conditioning systems, size is so important. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t realize that a bigger air conditioner doesn’t always mean it will be better. This is because homes (and homeowners) have different needs. For example, a 5,500 square foot home has different temperature needs than a studio apartment. You simply wouldn’t need the same cooling power for both.
But what happens when you have an improperly-sized AC installed in your home? How can you tell if it’s too big? Here are three signs your home’s air conditioner is oversized.
Is My Air Conditioner Too Big?
An inspection from a professional will determine if your air conditioning system is too big, but here are three signs to look out for before you schedule your appointment.
1. Short Cycling
Short cycling is a giveaway that your air conditioner is too big. If your system only cycles for a couple of minutes at a time before it shuts off, your system is short cycling. All air conditioning systems run on the refrigerant cycle, which works to remove heat from your home while creating cool air. A AC that is too big disrupts this process and can cause your system to short cycle.
2. Inconsistent temperatures throughout your home
Take a minute and think about the comfort of your home? Is it comfortable throughout? Or is one room always hot or cold? One of the telltale signs that your air conditioning system is too large is inconsistent temperatures throughout the home. This occurs because the system is going through the cooling cycle too fast for the air to reach certain parts of your home, resulting in different temperatures in different rooms.
3. High BTU output
When it comes to picking the right size air conditioner for your home, BTUs are an important factor. The BTU output will also gives you clues as to whether or not your current system is too big for your home. First, you need to determine how many BTUs are required to cool your home. This number is configured by multiplying the square footage of your home by 25 BTUs.
For example, if your home is 2,000 square feet, all you do is multiply 2,000 by 25 BTUs. This means the minimum BTU output for your home is 50,000. If your home’s current AC system has a much higher BTU count than required, it is too big.
Find the Right Air Conditioner For Your Home at A+ Air Conditioning
Your air conditioning system is one of the biggest investments you’ll make for your home, so make sure it’s the right system for your home’s size and layout. Our team of professionals can help you determine the right sized system for your home, as well as one that meets your comfort needs and budget goals. If you believe your air conditioning system is too big for your home, call the team at A+ Air Conditioning today. We can’t wait to help.