When you’re ready to replace your home’s existing A/C system, comfort, efficiency and the lowest cost of upkeep are most important. However, many homeowners assume meeting that goal is as simple as replacing the old system with a new one the same size. After all, A/C systems manufactured today are a lot more efficient than ones the same size were ten years ago. But what if you never had the correct size to start with? Or what if your size needs have changed?
It may be obvious when an A/C system is too small for a space because it simply cannot keep the home cooled. But homes often have system that are too large. The system may not stay on long enough to effectively cool the space or remove humidity. And all that on-off cycling can lead to more maintenance issues.
Changes inside and out
Let’s say you have added more energy-efficient windows recently. Perhaps you have improved your home’s insulation, or the small tree on the west side of the house has begun to provide wonderful shade in recent years. Those and other changes can dramatically impact the A/C system that is right for your home. Conversely, if that tree fell in a recent storm, of if you added a new room since your last A/C installation, you may require a larger system.
The good news is, you don’t need to be conversant in BTUs, Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios, or evaporator coils to choose the right A/C system for your house. A highly-trained HVAC professional will take all these factors and many others into consideration when determining and recommending which A/C system is the right fit.