Spring is here in Media, PA, and that means our hot and muggy summers are right around the corner. If your air conditioner is worn out, now is the time to start planning for a replacement. The first step towards getting a new air conditioner in your home is proper sizing, to find a system that can adequately meet your cooling needs without wasting energy. Here’s a quick rundown of the factors involved in sizing a new air conditioner.
Balance That Size
Air conditioners need to be sized properly because if they go over or under, then waste energy and add stress to the system. If the air conditioner isn’t powerful enough, it will labor to cool your air, running far longer than they should and raising your bills accordingly. If the air conditioner is too powerful, it will turn off too quickly, only to turn on again a short time later. (AC units use far more power turning on and off than they do simply running, so this equation doesn’t help you.) You want a system that is neither too large nor to small, but just right.
Generally speaking, you should look for an air conditioner that produces a listed tonnage of air corresponding to the square footage of your home: the square footage times 25, divided by 12,000 and minus 0.5. But those are just the basics. For more reliable sizing, you need to factor in things like the amount of insulation in your home, the amount of sunlight it gets, the presence of drafty spots, the square footage on a second or third story, and the size of rooms like the kitchen and laundry room, which produce more heat when being used. That’s why you need a professional to size your air conditioner and make sure it matches your home’s parameters completely.
Call WM Henderson, Inc. to size and install an air conditioner in your home.