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AC Installation: Is Bigger Better?


Summer is just around the corner, and if you haven’t made the call yet, now is the time to reach out to our team and make sure your air conditioner is ready for the heat. Of course, perhaps you’re a homeowner who needs a new central air conditioner, and if this is the case you may be in a rush to get the biggest and best one you can afford within your budget.

We understand the temptation to rush into a purchase like this, but we really have to discourage this. Rushing into such a big investment for your home can leave you with a system that’s not properly matched for your home. Not only do you want to work with our professionals to make sure you’re getting the best model for your home comfort needs, but also that you’re getting the correct size air conditioner, too. Read on to learn more!

What’s Wrong with an Undersized AC System?

As you can likely guess, an underpowered—what we call undersized—air conditioner won’t be able to keep up with the cooling demands of your home. This will force the system to run longer than it should have to, and essentially work harder than it should to do its job. As a result, you can expect a rise in energy costs.

Additionally, an underpowered air conditioner can’t keep your living space as comfortable as you would like. During one of our hottest summer days, you can certainly imagine why this could be a problem. It’s better to ensure that you install a properly sized cooling system right from the very beginning.

What’s Wrong with an Oversized Air Conditioner?

This is an air conditioning installation problem that homeowners are often less familiar with. While you might think a bigger, overpowered system is better for keeping your living space cool, this is actually really inefficient. Optimal AC efficiency happens through continued operation and regular cycles, neither of which an oversized air conditioner can deliver.

When an AC system is too big for your home, the desired temperature on your thermostat will be met too quickly, before your system has the chance to complete a full cooling cycle. This problem is what’s known as short-cycling.

Short-cycling is not something you want to deal with! It’s very inefficient for your air conditioner, and it also causes strain on the system, creating a faster accumulation of natural wear and tear. The only way to “fix” the problem of short-cycling when it was caused by an oversized system being installed is to actually replace the system—so you can see why this is an expensive problem that you want to avoid!

How to Find the Right Sized Air Conditioner

If you want to find the right-sized air conditioner, the best thing you can do is give our professionals a call. We’ll do what’s called a cooling load calculation where we look at a number of factors to determine the right size for your AC.

Contact Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing for quality air conditioning installation in Rio Rancho, NM.

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