Does your air conditioner run in very short cycles? Are your energy bills outrageously high? Does your home never seem comfortable? Have you tried to find the source of your problem and so far been unsuccessful? If so, there is one major issue that you may not have yet considered. Could your air conditioner be too big? This is one of those situations where bigger is defiantly not better, and running an air conditioner that is just too big could be causes you more problems than you ever expected.
Problems Caused by Air Conditioner that are TOO BIG!
Some contractors like to up-sell their customers into buying air conditioners that are much to large for the size of their home. These large units cost more to install, and all that these contractors have in mind is their bottom line. They can care less about the years of problems you will have ahead. Here are some of the issues you may experience if you have an air conditioner in your home that is just too big:
- Inadequate Cooling: Air conditioners that are too big will cycle on and off frequently. The large blasts of cold air generated by the unit will tell the thermostat that the home is cool when in reality it is not. The blasts of cold air do not have the chance to disperse evenly through the home before the thermostat turns the system off. A properly sized unit cools more evenly, so that the thermostat only turns off when the temperature is actually low enough.
- High Energy Bills: High energy bills can be attributed to an improperly sized air conditioner. The frequent on and off cycles add up to high energy use because the first part of every cycle requires the most energy. It isn’t until the unit has run for ten minutes or so before it reaches maximum efficiency. A system that is constantly shutting down and on again spends most of its time in the most costly part of the cycle.
- Premature Failure: Large air conditioners that are put into homes that are too small for their capabilities often have air flow problems into the system. This lack of airflow often leads to part failures, costly repairs, and eventually premature system failure. A system that should last 20-30 years in a properly sized home, may only last 10-15 years in a home that it too small.
A Reputable Contractor
What you need to do is find a reputable contractor. This type of contractor will be interested in your needs, and strive to meet them in any way that they can. Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning is such a contractor, and we will do everything in your power to find you the unit that is perfectly sized for your home. Don’t jeopardize your money and your comfort this summer, and choose Four Seasons!