air-conditioning-sizingLate spring is the traditional season for air conditioning replacement services, and it’s not hard to see why. Temperatures are rising, but haven’t quite hit the blazing heat of summer. If you have an older unit and you’re afraid it might not last until the fall, you want to get it replaced now, before the summer begins in earnest. That way, you can enjoy the benefits of a new air conditioner immediately, as well as going through the next few months without having to worry about an unexpected repair call in the middle of a heat wave.

Purchasing a new air conditioner involves a number of preparatory steps, not all of which you can do on your own. In particular, you need to size your new air conditioner to ensure that the power levels meet your needs. The bad news is that it’s trickier than it sounds. The good news is that your AC technician will be there to help.

Why Is Sizing Important?

Sizing a new air conditioner means balancing its power levels against the needs of your home: neither underpowered nor overpowered but exactly what you need. You can probably guess why you don’t want an underpowered system: it will run constantly and drive up your energy bills without ever getting the home cool.

But overpowered units present a similar challenge, and there is such a thing as cooling the home too quickly. Air conditioners use a lot of energy turning on and turning off: much more than they do simply running. The system also undergoes a lot more wear and tear as it fires up than it does simply running. Ideally, you want your air conditioner to run at least 15 minutes at a time to get the most effectiveness out of it and to keep wear and tear to a minimum.

When that doesn’t happen, the air conditioner engages in a process known as short cycling: cooling the home too quickly and turning off, only to turn on again a short time later as the heat of the day warms the house up. That can be extremely hard on the system: not only raising your monthly bills as it consumes more energy than it should, but increasing wear and tear which elevates the chances of a more serious breakdown. Perhaps most importantly, it will shorten the system’s lifespan, forcing you to purchase a new air conditioner much sooner than you should.

Technicians Inspect Your Home

The key to proper sizing is an inspection of your home by a trained technician to determine which features may play a role in the air conditioner’s efficiency. It starts with square footage, but will also involve elements like the presence of insulation in the walls or attic, or high levels of sunlight exposure from large windows. That way, your new air conditioner is sized perfectly well and you can enjoy the full benefits that a new system can bring.

Here in Covington, KY, quality air conditioning replacement services can be performed by the pros at Jacob Bros. Heating & Air Conditioning.

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