Is Bigger Better For The HVAC Unit?
Bigger is better, right? You supersize your fries or buy a bigger container of something because it’s a better bargain on a per pound basis. This may be true in some cases, but is bigger better for the HVAC unit? Not necessarily, the air conditioning professionals from Symbiont Air Conditioning in Englewood, Florida explain.
A properly sized HVAC unit is crucial to proper cooling, heating, ventilation — and on your budget. When one of our professionally trained HVAC and geothermal technicians comes to your home or office, they will explain the importance of having a properly sized HVAC unit and will let you know the best, most efficient size for your home or office.
What factors determine the size?
- The duct work that’s in place
- The size of the building
- The weather patterns where the home or office is located
- The climate in which the home or office is (Florida, being hot and humid may be different than a home in New York, where it’s not as hot or in Arizona where it is blisteringly hot.
- The type of delivery system that is in place for the unit
Is Bigger Better For The HVAC Unit?
Even if money is no object, you won’t be doing yourself or your home office any favors by having an oversized HVAC system.
- Size it right. Sure, an oversized A/C unit could cool the building more quickly, it won’t reduce the humidity level AND it will cost you money unnecessarily. The unit that is oversized runs in shorter cycles and that means space will be cooled, but not long enough and then the unit will turn on and off more quickly than it needs to. A unit that is too big can lead to standing water and unhealthy mold growth. A unit that is too large will work hard to start, will shot down more quickly and will see excessive wear and tear. Your utility bills will also be larger than they need to be.
- How will the cooled air be delivered throughout the home or office building? Do you have professionally installed grilles and ducts? Can they handle the HVAC load properly? Are there any leaks? Our professional technicians will match the type of HVAC unit with the ductwork that is already installed or will offer suggestions on upgrades to the distribution system.
- You’re freezing. Then you’re too hot. If you have a unit that is too large or improperly sized the temperatures will not be maintained at an even keel. If you’re putting in a unit that is too large and the delivery system too small to accommodate it you will have rooms that are too cold and others that are too hot — even zoned heating and cooling could be negatively impacted.
Our goal is to educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For information about zoning systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
Considering an upgrade or update to your commercial HVAC unit? Give our air conditioning service technicians a call today.
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