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Sizing Matters with Your Air Conditioner

Summer has arrived in Yonkers, NY and if you’re thinking about replacing an old air conditioner, now is the time to do it. A new system can use its energy much more efficiently than an old one, and the savings would likely start as soon as you have your new unit installed. As you make those preparations, however, pay close attention to the power levels of your new one. It needs to be sized very carefully to fit the needs of your home.

Why Is This an Issue?

You can probably guess why an under-powered air conditioner is going to be a problem for your home. It will struggle to keep the household cool, increasing the strain on its individual components and raising your monthly bills higher than they should be. You may be surprised to learn, however, that over-powered units have similar problems. They will turn on and off rapidly throughout the day, cooling the air too quickly and turning off, only to turn on again a few minutes later. Since AC units use much more energy turning on and off than they do simply running, the tendency is extremely damaging to your system and expensive.

How to Size an AC Properly

Proper sizing of an air conditioner usually means an energy audit of your home conducted by a trained technician. Square footage is the most important component, but it’s not the only one. For example, a well-insulted home may have fewer power requirements than one without insulation, and homes with a lot of sunlight exposure tend to be warmer than those without. A good technician will take all of those factors into account before suggesting a power level for your new AC that matches your needs perfectly.

Call Yost & Campbell Heating, Cooling and Generators for expert air conditioning installation services!

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