Many people like to think that bigger is better. Bigger houses, bigger meals, and bigger bulk items from Costco. When it comes to HVAC systems, however, a bigger system in High Point, NC doesn’t mean better comfort. Unless properly sized for your home’s needs, your HVAC system could be contributing to high utility bills, reduced energy-efficiency, and poor comfort. Here’s what you need to know about your HVAC system’s size.
HVAC Size and Load Requirements
Since every home is unique, every home requires a certain size HVAC system. The ideal size of an HVAC system depends on a load requirement that’s determined by measuring how many British Thermal Units (otherwise known as BTUs) are necessary to maintain comfort in your specific living space. In order to determine load requirements, HVAC experts conduct a number of measurements and evaluations, but, unfortunately, some home developers simply calculate square footage and throw in a system that fits only that measurement.
More goes into determining load requirement than measuring square footage. In addition to the physical dimensions of your home, load requirements are also dependent on your particular climate, the natural light or shade a room receives, the number and position of windows and doors, the amount of insulation, the efficiency of your duct network, the number of residents, and more.
HVAC Size and Energy Efficiency
Is an ineffectively-sized HVAC system really a significant problem? If you consider high utility costs, cut HVAC lifespans, and reduced comfort problems, then yes. A system that’s too small for its load requirement will always struggle to maintain comfort. That strain takes its toll on both your bills and on your small system.
But run a system that’s larger than your home needs, and your unit will likely short cycle, meaning that it will spend most of its time in its energy-sucking start-up phase before turning off too quickly. Your home may not be adequately cooled or dehumidified. That constant short cycling will also hike up your utility costs and damage your system.
Don’t let incorrect HVAC size put another unnecessary burden on you and your family. To have your HVAC size inspected, call Air Treatment at 336-790-3206.
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