There are a lot of factors that go into selecting a new air conditioning system. Some of them are obvious, like fuel type or cost. Others are a bit more subtle, like size. Now, of course you’re not going to install a air conditioner that physically cannot fit in the space you have. However, physically fitting the system into the space is not the only size consideration that matters. Read on to find out what can happen if the air conditioner is too large or too small for your home.
Oversized Air conditioners
Air conditioners are designed around specific cooling cycles, in which they put out a certain amount of cool air over a period of time and then turn off save to make adjustments. If this cycle is disrupted, it will cause serious problems for the system. An air conditioner that puts out too much cool air for your home will be shut off prematurely, a behavior known as short cycling. This dramatically increases the amount of wear on the system, which leads to early breakdowns and replacement. An air conditioner that is too large for your home will be far less efficient, cool your home unevenly, and need to be replaced long before you can get a good return on your investment.
Undersized Air conditioners
An undersized air conditioner will put out far too little cool to properly cool the home, which means the thermostat will have the system running for far longer than it was designed to do. This is the opposite problem from the oversized air conditioner, but the result is the same. The amount of wear and tear on the system will be dramatically increased, and it will wear down much faster than it should. It will also not be able to properly cool the home.