When it comes to your air conditioner, size matters.

When you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, there are many things you’ll need to think about, such as how efficient the system will be, how affordable it is, etc. But there’s one thing that many customers overlook or get wrong when buying new air conditioners, and that’s size. If you care at all about energy efficiency in your home, then finding the right sized air conditioner is essential. Whether your air conditioner is too big or too small for your home, there are consequences to not having the right size.

If you choose a unit that is too small for your home, it won’t be able to keep up, and your energy bills will likely go through the roof. That’s because your unit will have to run all the time to keep up with your demands. Unless your air conditioner is several sizes too small for your home, the temperature might feel cool and comfortable, but you’ll be paying for it in increased energy bills. Because of how hard they have to work to keep your home cool, too-small air conditioners also tend to need more repairs and have much shorter lifespans.

What if your air conditioner is too big?

Some people purposefully choose systems that are too big for their homes because they believe a bigger system won’t have to work as hard to keep up, but having a too-big system can also hurt your home’s efficiency. Once your too-big air conditioner gets your home to a certain temperature, it will shut off, allowing the heat to creep back into your home, and then it will turn on again once the temperature gets too high. Powering on and off over and over again will undermine any energy savings you could be enjoying, leading to higher than average bills.

What if your air conditioner is just the right size?

When Goldilocks stumbled into the bears’ empty home, there were three bowls of porridge on the table. One was too hot, one was too cold and one was just right. As with Goldilocks, when finding the right air conditioner, you need to choose the one that is just right in order to enjoy the most efficient, effective results. When your air conditioner is just the right size, it will run the necessary amount of cycles in order to keep your home comfortable without causing you to take a hit in your energy bills.

How do you find the right sized air conditioner for your home?

Finding the right sized air conditioner for your home is essential for both your comfort and your home’s energy efficiency, but how do find the right size for your home? Here are a few factors that you’ll need to consider when choosing the properly sized air conditioner for your home:

  • Square footage of your home
  • Layout and orientation of your home
  • How many windows you have
  • How big your windows are
  • Construction materials used
  • Quality of air sealing and insulation
  • Certain architectural features
  • Sun exposure
  • Cooling capacity of the air conditioner

With so many factors to consider, finding the right size of air conditioner for your home can get complicated quickly.  There are ways to calculate which size will work best for you on your own, but if you end up making a mistake, you’ll be a lot more likely to end up with an air conditioner that is either too big or too small for your home. Take the guesswork out of the equation by relying on an HVAC professional to help you find the right size. At Integrity Air Conditioning and Heating, we even offer ductwork analysis to ensure that every aspect of your home cooling system is designed for peak efficiency.

Turn to Integrity Air Conditioning and Heating to find the right-sized air conditioner for your home.

When it comes to energy efficiency, it’s essential to find the right sized air conditioner for your home, but it’s not always easy to do so on your own. Luckily, you have Integrity Air Conditioning and Heating on your side, and our experts have been serving Phoenix for over 25 years. We offer a range of HVAC services, and we can help you find the perfect sized air conditioner for your home. Visit us online today to get started.