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A Bigger Air Conditioner Isn’t Always Best

Geothermal, Heating & Cooling


If your current air conditioner doesn’t seem to be able to keep your entire Lexington home or business comfortable, it would make sense to replace it with a bigger model, right? WRONG! When it comes to air conditioners, upgrading to a bigger model isn’t always the better choice.

Large Air Conditioner Problems

Buying a larger sized air conditioner will cost you in more ways than one. It’s definitely going to cost you money, as larger models are more expensive to buy; you’re wasting funds purchasing a unit that is larger than you need. Larger units are more expensive to run when they are inappropriately sized for the building or home they serve; if your air conditioner is too big, cooling cycles are short, which isn’t optimal and wastes energy.

A bigger unit will also cost you where your comfort is concerned. Those shorter cooling cycles will fail to push air conditioning to all areas of the home, causing temperature differences throughout. The air conditioner also won’t be able to dehumidify your indoor spaces as well as a properly sized unit; shorter air conditioner cycles don’t allow the system to run long enough for the coils to cool and pull moisture from the air.

Find Your Ideal Air Conditioner

Upgrading your current cooling system doesn’t mean going bigger, it means going smarter. Upgrading to a system that is the right size for your home or business will make all the difference in your comfort and energy consumption. So how do you find the right size? Your HVAC technician performs cooling load calculations in order to determine the proper size air conditioner for your space. These calculations take into account many factors, including:

  • Total square footage
  • The number of rooms and their size
  • How many windows there are and where they are located
  • How many people live or work in the building

Knowing your cooling load will allow your technician to match you to a properly sized system that is engineered to handle it. A properly sized cooling unit cycles optimally and provides adequate cooling for your space while working efficiently and using less energy than a larger model.

Climate Control will help you select a new cooling system that is properly sized for your Lexington home or business. Call us today to schedule a quote for equipment and installation performed by NATE-certified cooling technicians.

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