It is wicked hot in Phoenix and only getting hotter. We are already seeing highs in the 110s, mornings are edging into the 90s, and the hottest months are yet to come. Many of us are seeing our electric bills edge higher and higher and also dealing with homes that are just not getting cool enough, as old systems struggle to keep up with the cooling demands of summer. That means right now is the perfect time to buy a new air conditioning unit.
Buying a new air conditioner: bigger is not better.
It is so hot in Phoenix that your temptation may be to buy a bigger air conditioner, thinking that it would provide greater cooling for your home. While the logic is sound, it breaks apart when you really understand how air conditioning systems work. Air conditioners are sized by the ton or half-ton. This does not refer to the size or weight of the unit, but to how much air the unit can cool. You want a unit that can cool the air in your home. A unit that is too small will not be able to cool all of the air in your home, so that it will run continuously, never reaching your desired temperature, increasing your utility bills, and leaving you uncomfortable.
On the other hand, a unit that is too large is equally problematic. It cools a larger amount of air at a single time than a smaller unit, but does not pull in air from the whole house, which results in the unit cycling on and off more frequently than a properly sized unit. This actually increases utility expenses. A large unit also has a problem removing sufficient humidity from the air, which can result in a more humid, less comfortable interior environment than desired.
How to determine the right size for your new air conditioning unit.
Many people think that figuring out the right size for a new air conditioning unit is as easy as determining the square footage of your home. Square footage is a good place to start, but if you think about the fact that rooms are three dimensional spaces, you quickly come to realize that square footage is only a starting point. In fact, there are some very specific professional guidelines put out by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, which allow your professionals to take into account a number of factors including home size, window area, the direction the home faces, and insulation levels, to determine the appropriate cooling level.
Of course, your location is an important part of your cooling consideration; the same home in different areas of the country has drastically different cooling requirements. At Worlock Air Conditioning, our technicians are not just air conditioning experts, but also experts on optimizing air conditioning for our area. If you are considering installing a new system, call us today to find out what we can do for you as now is the time to buy a new air conditioning unit