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Why the Size of Your Air Conditioner Matters


Are you ready for a brand new AC installation in Glendale, CA? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We install high-quality systems the right way, every step of the way. And part of that process is absolutely determining what size of air conditioner you need. There is nothing even remotely resembling a one size fits all option when it comes to a whole-house air conditioning system.

Determining how big your air conditioner needs to be also isn’t as simple as asking what the square footage of your home is. A thorough cooling load calculation takes into account a lot more than that, including considerations about heat gain. And before you ask, no—bigger is not always better, either. The only right air conditioner for your home is one that is of the right size, and we will make sure that this is the case.

The Problem(s) with an Undersized Air Conditioner

As you can imagine, an air conditioner that is too small for your home is going to run into a lot of different problems. It is going to really struggle to cool your home effectively, meaning that it is going to run for longer periods of time than it should have to.

And you know what we think is even worse than a subpar cooling performance? How about paying more for less comfort! Because that is exactly what you are going to be doing if your AC is too small for your home. The struggles your AC will face will drive up cooling costs, even as comfort levels plummet. The additional wear and tear can also increase the risk of operational problems.

The Problem(s) with an Oversized Air Conditioner

Like we said above, bigger is not always better when it comes to whole-house cooling systems. You have to understand that a system that is too big is also going to cost too much money. Not only are you paying for cooling capacity that you don’t actually need, but you’ll be paying too much for energy as the system short cycles.

An oversized air conditioner can actually cool your home too quickly, and that can lead to it shutting on and off much more frequently than it should. Comfort can suffer as the system’s dehumidifying effects are stunted, and that starting and stopping can really do a number on the AC units themselves. You’re putting a lot of excessive strain on a system when you force it to run that way.

Get the Job Done Right

Don’t let anyone tell you that you need a more powerful air conditioner or that the little cheap unit will do just fine unless they are actually able to tell you why. A new AC installation is really a pretty major investment. You want to be sure that you are getting the most for your money. Make that investment with us, and you’ll enjoy a great return for many years to come.

Schedule your AC installation with Greenleaf Heating & Cooling.

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