February 17, 2022
How to Choose the Right Size Central Air Conditioning System
If you are looking to buy a new central air-conditioning system, there are several factors that you need to consider. These include the brand’s reputation, efficiency rating, as well as your budget. In addition, you need to choose a unit that is the perfect size for your home to ensure optimal comfort and efficiency. A model that is either too big or too small can leave you dealing with high energy bills or inadequate climate control. Following are expert tips from the team at Furnace Repair Calgary on how to choose the right size central air conditioning system for your home:
Determining the Right Size Central Air Conditioning System
Did you know that heating and cooling accounts for 40% of the average Canadian household’s energy budget? Canadians spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually to power their air conditioners. It is thus essential that you seek savings anywhere you can – and finding the right-sized unit for your home is a great place to start.
An AC unit that is too small will need to work harder and longer to achieve the desired temperature while also consuming excess power. On the other hand, an AC unit that is too big will frequently cycle on and off, resulting in excessive wear and tear and not to mention high energy bills to pay for the extra cooling power that you do not need.
What is more, if your AC unit only runs at irregular intervals, it won’t correctly draw out humidity from the air, leaving you uncomfortable regardless of where you set the thermostat.
Calculating Your Load
Determining the perfect size range for your AC unit can be pretty complicated. Besides figuring out the square footage of your home, there are several other factors that you need to consider. These include the following:
- Amount of sunlight that your home receives.
- Several floors required air conditioning.
- The layout of your rooms.
We refer to all these factors as the “load.”
Ensure that you compare your load to the cooling capacity of the AC unit that you want to buy. We express the size of an air conditioning unit in tons, which measures how much heat it can remove in an hour. For example, a typical AC unit is one ton and cools 12,000 BTUs/hr.
Considering that there are many factors to consider when determining the number of tons you need to meet your load requirements, you must consult the manufacturer or HVAC professional to identify your sweet spot.
Contact a Central Air Conditioning Specialist
If you need further assistance choosing or installing the perfectly sized central air conditioning system, contact an HVAC professional today at Furnace Repair Calgary.