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Is My New Air Conditioner the Right Size to Cool My Home Sufficiently?

When it comes time to install a new air conditioning system for a home, one of the questions that you will probably have on your mind is whether or not the new AC will be powerful enough to keep your home cooled down the way you want it. This is good question, and it’s an important one to have answered correctly: if your new air conditioner is too small or too large, it will be a huge problem both for your comfort and your budget.

Finding the right sized air conditioner for a house is called sizing, and it’s a job that must be left to professionals in order to be done correctly. Contact a reliable HVAC contractor with many years in the business, and skilled technicians will come to your home and conduct a heat load calculation. This is a formula that takes into account multiple facts about your home—indoor volume, number of windows, number of lights and heat-giving appliances, how many people live there, etc.—in order to come up with the BTUs in cooling that an AC must produce to keep the house comfortable.

What happens if an air conditioner is the wrong size? It’s not good news either way:

If an AC is too small… it will not be able to lower the temperature of the home to reach the setting on the thermostat. The system will continue to run, draining power and placing extra stress on it, all without giving you the level of comfort that you want.

If an AC is too large… it will begin to short-cycle. This is when an air conditioner’s compressor turns on and off rapidly, never completing its cooling cycle. An overlarge air conditioning system causes this because it lowers the temperature so fast that the thermostat believes the cooling cycle is over. This will place a huge strain on the components and send your bills skyrocketing.

When you call on Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc. for your air conditioning installation, you can rest assured that you will end up with the right sized unit. Trust us for your cooling needs in Destin, FL and throughout Northwest Florida.

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