3 Signs You Need a Smaller AC Unit

Your air conditioning unit may be too big for your house if it’s constantly turning on and off. Fortunately, our HVAC contractors will make sure you install the right size AC unit for your home. Just because an AC unit is big, doesn’t mean that it’s the best choice to cool your home.

You’ll want an AC unit that’s the right size to efficiently cool and dehumidify your home without high energy bills. Continue reading to learn the 3 signs your AC unit is too big for your home.

High Energy Bills

To understand how energy efficiency works, think about the fuel efficiency of your car. When you drive in bumper-to-bumper traffic every day, you end up spending more money at the pump than if you took the freeway. This is because your car uses more energy to stop and go than if you were to drive at a constant speed. Your air conditioning unit works the same way.

Your AC unit uses less energy when it runs for long periods of time. However, an oversized air conditioner cools your home too quickly to be efficient. An oversized air conditioner will quickly cool your home down to the thermostat temperature, and then shut off just as quickly. While this may seem like a good thing, it’ll increase your energy bills and cost you more in the long run.

To improve your home’s energy efficiency, ask one of our HVAC contractors to do load calculations before air conditioning installation. Load calculations ensure that you install the right size air conditioning unit for your home.

Fan Constantly Turns On and Off

The best air conditioner is the one that’s appropriately sized for your home. If the fan is constantly turning on and off, this may be a sign that the AC is too big for your home. While cooling your home quickly may not sound like a bad thing, keep in mind that this also results in shorter cooling cycles and fluctuating indoor temperatures. To keep your home comfortable year-round, you’ll need to maintain a constant temperature.

Air conditioners come in different sizes to accommodate different sized homes and commercial buildings. However, when an air conditioner is too big for its respective building, it lowers the temperature too quickly. If your energy bills are costing too much, it may be time to consider air conditioning replacement.

High Humidity

Unlike temperature, it takes awhile for your air conditioner to decrease humidity. If lowering your thermostat has no effect on the humidity, your AC unit may be too big for your home. You want an air conditioner that will be able to run long enough to efficiently cool and dehumidify your home. An air conditioner that’s overpowered for your home will cool your home too quickly to reduce humidity.

Our Grand Ledge HVAC contractors will be able to inspect your air conditioning unit to determine if it’s the appropriate size for your home. To schedule your quote for air conditioner replacement, call Superior Home Comfort at (517) 925-1343.