With homes continuing to become more energy efficient, over sized HVAC equipment has become a significant problem. The preconceived notion is that the bigger the AC unit, the better it will perform. While most HVAC contractors are well aware of correct sizing when fitting an air conditioner, the industry as whole can not seem to break away from the “bigger is better” bias. There are simple ways to ensure that a customer is not spending anymore than they have too. Minimizing this mistake can be very beneficial to any customers wallet.
Why Oversizing is a Bad Idea
1. Humidity Control: When an air conditioner pumps cold air into a household, it is also drying the air simultaneously. An oversized AC unit pumps way to much cold air into a household at one time. The result is that the AC unit is unable to rid of the humidity withheld in your home, creating a sticky and moist environment.
2. Increased Allergens: As it was previously stated, an oversized AC unit creates a moist environment. This becomes a problem with those who suffer from allergies because dust mites tend to thrive in these conditions.
3. Higher Energy Bills: A bigger AC creates a higher cost for multiple reasons. To start, a bigger unit is going to cost more money right off the bat. Excessive cycling of the units process can lead to more maintenance problems and more frequent repair costs. Lastly, a household is 5X more likely to turn their thermostat down to deal with the excessive humidity.
4. Noise: Bigger units push around a bigger volume of air through your air ducts. These air ducts cannot handle this volume and tend to be considerably louder than a much smaller AC unit. Reduced efficiency and increased noise.
How to Ensure You Buy the Correct AC Unit
1. Pick a Trusted Contractor: Most people are not very knowledgeable about the HVAC industry. Make sure you do your research before picking a trusted HVAC contractor. Checking their Yelp reviews online along with their credentials is the first step. If you still feel uneasy about the situation, ask. Word of mouth is the most powerful way to hear about a company. If your friends and family recommend a specific company, go with it because the assumption is that they had a great experience using them.
2. Take the contractors advice: Assuming you have done your research and the company you have chosen is credible, listen to what they have to say. They are trained professionals who deal with these problems day in and day out. A contractor most likely knows information on what options best suit your home.
3. Consider more than price: Getting the lowest bid can be the beginning of a disaster. Make sure the contractor analyzes and assesses your air ducts and air filtration’s systems. If the contractor recommends you replace your old system with a new one without performing this assessment, that is a big red flag!
The Four Seasons Way!
Four Seasons has practiced over 40 years of community excellence and service. Four Seasons Heating & Air Conditioning has won numerous awards for customer service, ensuring that the truth in pricing and recommendations stays credible. Our reputation has helped us to become one of Chicago lands leading HVAC companies. Please call us today if you need an AC unit, or want us to assess the size of your existing unit today!