You can count on a properly sized AC installation when your contractor performs a Manual J load calculation prior to sizing the unit. That’s the science behind an efficient and effective system. Unfortunately, over half of all Denver air conditioners are improperly sized.
What Is Air Conditioner Sizing?
A load calculation involves measuring relevant variables like insulation, ventilation, air duct tightness, exposure to sunlight, heat-producing appliances, and the number of people in the home. The process reveals how much-conditioned air a room requires.
You can’t correctly size a system without first performing a load calculation. A properly configured system will be custom-designed to meet your home’s unique climate specifications.
The Problem With an Improperly Sized AC Installation
A system that’s too small can’t meet the demand for cool air. It runs constantly just trying to keep up. Because the unit is always in overdrive, it wears out quickly and requires frequent AC repairs.
Overly large systems have more cooling capacity than a home needs. The system only runs for a few minutes before turning off. That’s not enough cool air, so your home might have hot and cold spots.
Unnecessary wear and tear caused by repeated cycling results in more breakdowns, more repairs and a shorter service life. Overly large units consume more energy turning on than staying on, so your electric bill will be high.
Oversized air conditioners make your home clammy and humid. They are prone to overheating, and that can damage the unit.
Benefits of Proper AC Installation
- Consistent temperatures throughout your home
- Increased air circulation, cleaner indoor air and reduced humidity
- Greater energy efficiency
The experienced service technicians at Lakeside Heating & Air Conditioning perform a full Manual J load calculation prior to sizing a system. Visit us online or contact us to learn more.