When it comes time to upgrade to something new we often want the latest and greatest that technology has to offer, and we typically tend to believe that bigger means better. But when your old HVAC unit goes out and it’s time to replace it with a new one, bigger is not always better.
Why Size DOES Matter
When you are looking at purchasing a new HVAC unit for your home, size is one of the most important things to consider when choosing your new unit. The truth is in order for your HVAC to work properly and efficiently, it needs to be the right size for your home – and the right size unit for your home is not necessarily determined just on the size of your home, there are many other factors that can come into consideration when determining the right size such as the amount of people in your home, how often and when your system will be used, whether or not you have pets in your home, the type of insulation your home has, the amount of heat-producing electronics and appliances you have throughout your home, and even the amount of windows and doors there are in your home.
An HVAC unit needs to be the just right size, not too big and not too small. Too big and the unit will run inefficiently, use way too much energy, and will not effectively dehumidify the home (making it feel uncomfortable even though the temperature is right), too small and the unit will not be able to keep up with the demand placed on it on warmer days. This is why it is important to work with a licensed HVAC professional that will be able to consider all important factors in determining the right size unit for your home and help you choose the unit that will be best for you.
What Tonnage Is And Why It Is Important
When it comes to your HVAC system, tonnage does not simply refer to the amount that your system weighs. Tonnage is a term used within the HVAC industry to refer to the amount of cooling that an AC unit provides for the space it is installed in. A common misconception about air conditioning units is that it generates cold air to dispense throughout your home, however the cooling process is actually a result of the air conditioning system removing heat and humidity from the home, cooling the air, and then returning the cooler air back into the home. Tonnage is the amount of heat that a unit can draw out from a home within an hour. So, you might be thinking the bigger the HVAC system is, the better it will be able to remove the heat from your home and cool it, but that is wrong. In order for air conditioning units to work effectively, they not only need to remove the heat from the home, but they also need to remove any excess humidity from the air to keep your home comfortable when it is at the right temperature and having an HVAC system that is too large will mean the system will not run efficiently and will not have the opportunity to effectively remove the humidity from the air.
As you can see, when it comes time to invest in a new HVAC unit for your home, there needs to be a lot of consideration put in to the decision to make sure you are choosing the right size unit for your home – helping you save stress and money in the long run! Trust the experts at C & S A/C Services and contact us today at 727-856-4822 for a consultation on choosing the right unit for your home!