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Why Size Matters with a New Air Conditioner

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you’re probably keeping a close eye on the clock. Our summers are blazing hot here in Havertown, PA, and the longer you limp along with your old system, the more you’re likely to pay in monthly cooling costs (to say nothing about the risks  of a full-bore breakdown). The more you know about what you need, the more quickly you can pinpoint the system that works best for you and schedule an installation to restore cool and comfortable temperatures to your home. First and foremost among the things you should look for is the size or power load of the new system. It’s not as easy an equation as it sounds.

Neither Too Big Nor Too Small

As you can probably guess, an under-powered unit won’t work well for your home: running longer than it should and raising your monthly bills in the bargain. But you may be surprised to learn that an over-powered unit will do much the same thing. It will engage in short-cycling: turning on and of rapidly multiple times throughout the day. Since air conditioners use much more energy turning on and turning off than they do simply running, this will also lead to higher bills and an increased risk of a breakdown. The right system for you follows what we like to call the Goldilocks Rule: neither too big nor to small but just right.

Sizing Matters

A trained technician can perform an audit on your home to determine the proper power output for your new air conditioner. It starts with square footage, but can involve a number of other options, including sunlight exposure, the presence of insulation, the number of stories, and the square footage of specific rooms like the kitchen which often generate more heat.

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