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When installation a new air conditioner, you first need to properly size it for your home. By sizing, we mean the air conditioner’s power load, which needs to be balanced against the needs of the space. If the unit is underpowered, it’s not going to get the job done. If it’s overpowered, it will engage in “rapid cycling,” turning on and off far more often than it should. Air conditioners use exponentially more power when they turn on and off than they do when they’re running, so rapid cycling will cost you a great deal in unnecessary energy, as well as increasing wear and tear in individual components. Proper installation for air conditioning in Salt Lake City will take all of these considerations into mind and find an air conditioner that is neither too large nor too small but just right.
3 components of your home that affect air conditioner sizing
- Square footage. The most basic measuring stick is the amount of square footage in your home, which the air conditioner size must roughly match. In basic terms, an AC unit needs about 40 BTUs per square foot of space, though there are significant variations based on the precise size of your home. A trained technician can make the precise estimates.
- Insulation. Insulation in your home is often used to keep warm air inside in the winter, but it also works to keep hot air outside in the summer. The amount of insulation in your attic or crawlspace will have a bearing on how well your hold retains the cool air, and hence how large your air conditioner must be.
- Sunlight exposure. Sunlight can warm your home through radiant energy, and if your house gets a lot of sunshine, it’s going to require a larger air conditioner. In particular, look for large windows with a western view, as well as the presence or absence of nearby trees that might shield your home from the sun.
That means you’ll get the perfect unit for your home, saving you money on monthly bills without skimping on cooling power.
The experts at Rentmeister Total Home Service handle air conditioning in Salt Lake City, and thoroughly inspect the components of your home that affect air conditioning sizing. Call us today!