When you’re ready for a new heating and cooling installation, there is a lot on your mind. You may have to take some time off from work to wait for technicians to arrive and install the system. You’re worried about whether they will leave a mess behind (which is something you never have to think about with our team, but we understand the concern). You’re thinking about the cost.
So the last thing you may be thinking about is whether your new furnace is actually the right fit for your home. Unfortunately, too many inexperienced technicians choose a furnace that is not the correct size for the space you have. How can you avoid this and find the right size?
The Problem with Too Small
If you got a really good deal on your heating or air conditioning installation, it may be because it’s a smaller system than your home needs. Those initial savings could spiral into a cost that seems incredibly high each month with your energy bills. The system has to work much too hard to keep you comfortable and is likely to shut down or need repairs often thanks to all the extra strain.
Chances are that your smaller AC or heating system will break down well before it is meant to and will encounter a number of problems throughout its lifespan.
Why Too Large Doesn’t Help
That doesn’t mean you should look for a heater or air conditioner that is as large as possible in order to avoid the possibility of under-sizing. An air conditioner or furnace can be too large, too. An air conditioner or heat pump is designed and tested in spaces of a size to match the system’s capacity. This allows for the most efficient possible cycles. When it’s too large, the system can turn on too frequently and shut off too soon, which wears down components.
How Technicians Calculate Size
Finding the right size system for your home can be tricky. There are several guides out there intended to help you get a good idea of sizing, but the fact is that there is only one size that is right for the space in your home! You don’t want to come close to finding the proper tonnage you need. If you get a 1.5 ton air conditioner when you need 2 tons, you may come to regret it.
The size of your home is only one factor in sizing an AC or heater. There are many other important things to consider, including:
- Whether there is shade around the home
- The presence of insulation
- Number of rooms
- Duct design
The Solution to Improper Sizing
What it all comes down to is that getting the right size air conditioner or heater for your home means finding technicians you can trust. When searching for a new company to install your equipment, don’t simply look for the lowest price. Find installers with plenty of experience and the right expertise, who are honest and willing to find you just the right fit.