If you’re about to install a central air conditioner in your Wilmington, NC, home you may think that bigger is better. This is not necessarily the case, however. Of course, getting something that’s too small isn’t good either. Rather, every home demands one specific size. Read on to learn more about why your air conditioner needs to be the right size for your home.

Energy Efficiency

An AC’s capacity to produce energy is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units). The larger the AC, the higher its BTU rating, and the greater space it can cool.

When an AC system is just right for your home, its periods of cooling and its periods of rest will be evenly spaced out. A unit that’s too small for your home’s square footage, however, will struggle to reach the temperature set by your thermostat and, as a result, run continuously. This will lead to warm spots in your rooms.

An oversized system will cool your home too quickly, shut off, and then switch on again just a short time afterward. This issue, known as short-cycling, also causes warm spots as the air is not being efficiently circulated throughout your home. This wastes energy and can result in high utility bills.

The Longevity of the Unit

Both oversized and undersized units run more continuously than one where the BTU rating fits the home’s size (not to mention other factors like the home’s age and insulation levels). By running more, these units wear down more quickly, forcing owners to replace them sooner. Owners will also need expensive repairs done on them in the meantime.

Established in 2001

Airmax Heating & Cooling is ready to ensure that you purchase the right size unit in Wilmington, NC. Customer satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. Give us a call today to learn more about our HVAC services.

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