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How Big Should My AC Be?

Air conditioner in need of service or repair.

This is one of the main reasons that you should always consult with a professional for your air conditioning services. We understand that making an upgrade now is something you’re doing to prepare yourself for summer. We want to help you with this. We specialize in air conditioning in Colorado Springs, CO.

What You Need to Know

There are some things that you need to know when it comes to your air conditioning size. Here’s a quick crash course in a few terms that will help you understand AC sizing.

  • Load Calculations: A load calculation is the calculation that determines what size your air conditioner needs to be. HVAC technicians take the size of your home, the amount of people in your home, the spacing, and the construction of your home into account to determine what AC you need.
  • Tonnage: AC tonnage actually doesn’t have anything to do with the weight of your AC. It refers to how much heat an air conditioner can remove from a home in one hour. This is measured in BTUs.
  • Oversized and Undersized: This doesn’t literally point to the size of the air conditioning system. It refers to the power and capacity of AC systems. Don’t shy away from an air conditioner with an outdoor unit that’s on the larger size if you have the room for it because of these terms!

Now that you’ve got an understanding for the lingo, let’s talk about the problem with big air conditioners.

The Problem With Big AC

You would think that having more power than you need is a good thing, but this really isn’t the case. More power doesn’t mean that you can cool off your home faster. Actually, a bigger AC will flood your home too fast. You’ll run into problems like short cycling, a lack of comfort, and humidity issues.

Short cycling happens because your air conditioner is too powerful for the space that you’re in. Your air conditioner will start to have rapid start ups and shut downs. Short cycling is hard on your air conditioner because start ups and shut downs are two processes that require a lot of energy from your AC. Over time, this will wear down your air conditioner and cause a lack of comfort. Humidity issues can arise because an oversized unit doesn’t always run enough for this process to kick in.

Finding What You Need

If you want to find what you need, then our professionals are here to provide you with the services. High quality service is always within your reach here Colorado Springs. Make sure that you get in contact with our team members today.

Contact Smith Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical to schedule an appointment with our team members.

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