An Oversized AC Unit Can Be Trouble For Your Home
Everyone tends to think that bigger is always better, but it’s just not true when it comes to your home’s AC system. An AC unit needs to be the right size, not too small and not too large, to efficiently accommodate your cooling needs. Every home is different and each one has different cooling requirements, so if your AC system is causing you problems, take a look at these signs of an oversized AC unit and see if they apply to you.
4 Indicators Your AC Unit Is Too Large
1. Short, Frequent Cooling Cycles
AC units that are too large tend to have shorter cycles. This occurs because the unit is simply too powerful for your space and it pumps out a large amount of cool air in a small amount of time before abruptly shutting down. You might think this would cool your home faster, but it actually just cools your home inefficiently. Plus, these short cycles will degrade important components within the unit at a faster pace than normal, causing you to need replacement sooner.
2. Uneven Temperatures
Even after an oversized AC system runs for an entire cycle, areas close to your thermostat may be the only ones that are cooled correctly. This is an unfortunate side effect of the short cycles; areas further from the thermostat can be noticeably warmer or colder.
3. Rising Energy Costs
When an AC unit powers up, it requires a considerably higher amount of energy as compared to energy use when running or shutting down. When oversized units have to power up more often due to short cycles, this requires more energy. As you know, more energy usage means higher utility bills for you.
4. High Humidity
When an AC unit functions properly, it removes moisture from the air, keeping your home’s air at comfortable, normal humidity levels. However, a too-large AC unit that runs on short cycles won’t have enough run time to take the excess moisture out of your home’s air.
High humidity levels are particularly bothersome. Besides creating an uncomfortably hot, sticky living space, high humidity can damage your indoor air quality by fostering the growth of:
These contaminants can cause health problems such as allergic reactions and even respiratory issues.
Trust Comfort First For Professional, Accurate AC Installation
Call Comfort First at 919-372-4811 today if you have reason to believe your home’s AC unit is too large. Our experienced technicians can professionally assess your system and provide an expert recommendation for AC service.