Does It Matter What Size Air Conditioner I Buy?

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As most reliable air conditioning companies will tell you, there are times when a big, powerful AC just isn’t right for your home. While an air conditioning unit that is small can be less expensive than a large unit, that might also not get the job done.

In this blog post, we’ll look at why having a cooling system that’s too small or too big can make a difference to your comfort level, and your energy bill.

What size air conditioner do I need?

Air conditioning companies look at several different factors when determining which size AC is right for your home. These factors can include:

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  • The size of your home
  • The age of your home
  • Your ductwork and vents
  • The amount and quality of your insulation
  • How much of your exterior walls receive sun exposure
  • How many windows you have, their age, condition and where they face in relation to the sun
  • Whether your home gets shade from trees or shrubs

But why is AC size so important?

Because an air conditioner that’s too small for your home won’t give you the comfort level you require, and a system that’s too big will shut on and off too quickly.

Why is this an issue? For a few reasons:

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  • AC units that are too large cycle on and off again and again, putting a strain on your system and leading to frequent repairs that could have been avoided.
  • This constant cycling also means you have a system with less energy efficiency, because your AC never gets the opportunity to rest. That can drive up your energy costs.
  • A system that isn’t sized properly won’t heat or cool your home very well. You and your family will likely be too hot or too cold.

It’s a factor that we’ve seen far too many customers overlook, either because they didn’t have any idea of how crucial finding the right size was, or because they worked with air conditioning companies that didn’t perform consultations.

How many tons is your AC?

We’re not talking about how much it weighs. Air conditioners are rated in terms of tons of cooling capacity. On this scale, a single ton of cooling equals 12,000 BTUs an hour.

Two air conditioners might have the same tonnage, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll provide you with the same level of energy efficiency.

Once you’ve found an AC with the right tonnage for your home, check its SEER rating and determine which one fits your budget. The higher the SEER rating, the less energy the system uses.

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The cost of keeping your home cool can be pretty substantial in the summertime. That’s why it’s important to find the proper air conditioner size to make sure your family stays comfortable without having to pay an exorbitant energy bill.

If you’re not sure which system is the proper size for you, or have questions about SEER and other energy efficiency issues, turn to All Seasons Comfort Control. Our experts can assess your home and make sure we install an air conditioner that works for your family and your budget. Contact us today schedule a consultation.