Orlando, Florida residents rely on their air conditioners to keep their homes cool and dehumidified during the relentless summer heat. When building a new home or replacing an air conditioner, it’s vital to have a properly sized unit for your square footage to maintain the life of your unit. Here are some things to consider:
Estimate Size and Use For Proper BTUs
A certified installer will begin by measuring and analyzing the square footage you want to cool and heat, and make calculations that assess your home’s load. This will determine the number of BTUs your unit will need to produce to adequately condition the space. Knowing how each room in the house is going to be used helps the estimation by making allowances for a kitchen, for example, or considering the number of residents.
Too Small Works Too Hard
An undersized unit can run almost constantly and the air still might never reach the temperature you’ve set on the thermostat. For you, that means higher energy costs and a potentially shortened lifespan of your unit. It’s also frustrating to be paying for something that isn’t functioning like it’s supposed to.
Bigger Isn’t Always Better
A unit that’s too big for your home will cycle on and off at short, irregular intervals. In Florida, dehumidification is a major concern for homeowners’ comfort and safety, so it’s vital to install a unit that handles this process effectively.
Short cycling is hard on an air conditioner and shortens its life. You’ll most likely spend more than what’s necessary on an installation, and it may not be long before you need repairs or a replacement.
The professionals at E.C. Waters Air Conditioning & Heat can help you with your air conditioning installation and make sure your system is sized correctly. Call us today at 407-603-9144.
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