Problems with Installing an Over-Sized Air Conditioner

You may think that bigger is better but that’s not the case when it comes to HVAC equipment. An air conditioner that provides more power than necessary for your space can lead to big problems. Read on to see how a unit that’s too large can affect your indoor air quality, comfort, wallet and more.

Short cycling

If your AC is “short cycling,” it’s turning off early, before it’s had time to complete a full cooling cycle. This happens when the unit is too powerful, cooling your home quicker than needed. Short cycling not only puts unnecessary stress on your equipment but because it occurs over and over all day long, it causes your energy bills to skyrocket.

Higher cost

Not only will you see higher energy bills with an over-sized unit, you’ll likely pay more upfront for the equipment and the installation because of the larger size.

Temperature variations

An air conditioner that is too big will cause major temperature variations throughout the different areas of your home. Because of short cycling, one room may cool quickly while others are left warm. Properly sized equipment will cool your home evenly, over time leading to optimal comfort levels.

Inadequate dehumidification

Since it doesn’t have to go through a full cooling cycle to lower the temperature, an over-sized air conditioner doesn’t have the proper amount of time or airflow to adequately dehumidify your home. This leads to a muggy, damp and clammy indoor environment. Not only is this a major discomfort, it can leave your house smelling musty.

Improper air filtration

Because of shorter run-times, air is not filtered properly which can lead to a decrease in indoor air quality, putting you and your family at risk for health problems.

Shorter lifespan

Due to unnecessary wear and tear, your over-sized equipment will likely break down quicker than a correctly sized unit would. You’ll end up paying more in repairs and may actually need to replace your unit well before you expected.

It’s easy to avoid these problems when you work with a trusted HVAC company who will recommend a properly sized air conditioner based on careful calculation. Contact Crown Group to get a new AC quote in Akron or Canton, Ohio.