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What Does It Mean to Size an AC Unit?

There are plenty of factors that can affect the operation of your air conditioner, but sizing is one of the most important ones to take into account. Sizing is done during the installation of your system and, if it is done wrong, can ruin your comfort and your system’s lifespan too.

Professional air conditioning installation in Oklahoma City is vital to keeping your home comfortable. This is because only a professional can accurately size your system each and every time. Let’s look at what goes into the job of sizing and installing a new air conditioner so you know exactly what level of expertise it requires and why a professional is the only person for the job.

Sizing Your New Air Conditioner

When we are discussing the size of your air conditioner, we aren’t talking about the square footage that the physical unit it will take up. The “size” of your AC refers to the amount of power it will need to cool the required amount of space in the home.

If your AC is undersized or oversized, it will create problems for the efficiency and effectiveness of the system. Beyond that, it will cut down the number of years that your system is able to perform for you by a lot.

How to Size Your AC

For the curious, here is the basic breakdown of what needs to be considered when calculating the size of your air conditioner.

  • The square footage of space that needs to be cooled off.
  • The number of windows and doors in the home.
  • The condition of your ductwork.
  • The ideal SEER and EER rating of the new system.

Sizing your air conditioner requires a good number of factors be taken into consideration, as you can see. What’s more, there is some complicated math involved in the process. If you don’t have the tools, training, or background needed to do this, it is best to leave it to a professional technician like the ones at Air Comfort Solutions.

Why Bad Sizing Is Such a Problem

So why is proper sizing so important? It is because there are so many problems that can pop up as a result of incorrect sizing. These can include:

  • Poor efficiency: Your AC will be sucking up far more energy than necessary to cool your home.
  • Poor performance: If it is undersized, it will have to run longer to cool things off. If it is oversized, it may short cycle because it cools things too quickly—but this doesn’t save you any cash.
  • Shortened lifespan: An improperly sized AC is one that won’t last as long as a correctly sized one. That means you pay more money for poor comfort and need a replacement sooner too.
  • Extra repairs: Improper sizing adds extra strain on your AC which can result in a larger number of repairs.

As you can see, it is truly important to make sure that your new system gets the best possible start by having a professional size it. This is a task you can rest assured that the technicians on our team will get right, each and every time.

Make the winning call! Contact Air Comfort Solutions today to schedule your system installation.

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