Choosing the right air conditioner for your Fort Myers, Florida, home is about far more than finding the right features, an affordable price, and a suitably high level of efficiency. It’s also about finding the correct air conditioner size. In fact, air conditioner sizing is easily the most important factor to consider when choosing cooling equipment. That’s why the best way to determine your next air conditioner’s size is by consulting a seasoned HVAC professional.
Why Size Matters
Air conditioner size has less to do with the physical dimensions of a cooling unit and more to do with its cooling power. Choosing an air conditioner that’s too large for your home will result in uneven, inefficient cooling and humidity problems. Overly large air conditioners cycle on and then rapidly cycle back off before they’ve had the chance to extract excess moisture from the air. This sets the stage for mold development and leaves homes feeling hot and muggy. It also leads to undue wear and tear on AC units that greatly decrease their life spans.
Purchasing and installing an air conditioner that’s too small for your home is equally problematic. Rather than rapidly cycling off and on, undersized air conditioners run all of the time. They use more energy than properly sized air conditioners do. As a result, they lead to markedly higher home energy bills. Worse still, even with constant operation and increased energy consumption, an air conditioner that’s too small for its service area will never be able to maintain your preferred indoor temperature.
Why Calculating AC Size Based on Square Footage Is Problematic
If you search online for tips on calculating air conditioner sizes, you’ll likely encounter charts that make recommendations based solely on square footage. However, to ensure the performance and efficiency of air conditioners, many other factors must be considered.
When we size air conditioners for our clients, we account for things like ceiling heights, the amount of insulation present, the layout of homes, and more. We use the Manual J calculation, the current industry standard for AC sizing, to ensure that our measurements are precise and our clients get superior outcomes.
We’re committed to helping residents of Fort Myers, Florida, save money while maintaining comfortable living conditions. We’ve been proudly serving Southwest Florida since 1983. We offer heater and air conditioner installation, maintenance, and repairs. We also offer HVAC air duct service, insulation, and preventative maintenance plans. Call Gulf Shore Cooling, LLC today to schedule an appointment.