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Why Is Sizing Important When It Comes to My Air Conditioning Installation?

You’ve picked out the perfect air conditioning system for your home—an energy-efficient, high-performance air conditioner that fits right within your budget. But after a few questions from your air conditioning technician, you find out that you may need a different size. Why does this matter? Don’t all air conditioners all work the same? In this guide, we’ve answered some of the most common questions about size and air conditioning installation.

Won’t a Smaller System Save Me Money?

The cooling capacity of air conditioners is measured in BTUs (British thermal units) per hour. Generally, fewer BTUs per hour means a less-expensive air conditioning system up front. However, an undersized system is simply unable to cool a larger home, and you’ll quickly run into problems. Undersized systems must run longer and harder in order to attempt to reach the proper temperature, which means it will wear out sooner than expected. The initial savings are simply not worth the cost of certain repair or premature replacement.

Should I Pick Out a Larger System, Just in Case?

To avoid the problems associated with an undersized system, you may try to compensate with a much larger air conditioner. However, an oversized system may run into many problems as well. Larger air conditioners have shorter run times, so your AC will frequently turn on and off. This causes a lot of wear and tear over time which may damage many components of the system, including the compressor.

Can I Determine the Proper Size of the System Myself?

When you need air conditioning installation, you may attempt to determine which size is right for your home on your own. While you can find charts that explain which cooling capacity matches the number of square feet in your home, there are many other factors to take into account as well when determining size, including the locations of windows, the number of people in the home, and any shading inside or outside of the home.

You can count on the professionals at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air to determine the proper size of your system. For professional air conditioning installation in Riverside, give us a call today!

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