Air Conditioners Need Balanced Power Levels

air-conditioning-warm-airSpring is officially here and summer won’t be far behind. If your air conditioner struggled to make it through last summer, now is the right time to purchase a new one. Doing so gives you the luxury of scheduling the replacement at your convenience, as well as allowing you to enjoy the benefits of a new system (such as greater efficiency and lower strain) all summer long.

One of the big factors you should consider with your new air conditioning system is the comparative power output level of the new unit. A trained technician can help you with specifics, but it pays to consider why power levels are so important.

Overpowered Systems Aren’t What You Need

One common misbelief about air conditioners is that you want your new unit to be as powerful as possible. It’s a very logical assumption. After all, won’t a more powerful system cool your home faster? They will, but that’s actually not a good thing. Air conditioners use far more energy turning on and turning off than they do simply running, which is why you always want your system to run for at least 15 minutes at a clip.

If it doesn’t, the system engages in a process known as short cycling: turning on and running for a short amount of time, then turning off, only to turn on again a short time later as the heat of the day warms up your home. That can add a huge amount of stress and strain to your system, causing bills to rise higher than they should and increasing the risk of repairs.

Underpowered Systems? Don’t Even Think About It

While overpowered systems are an easy trap to fall into, everyone agrees that an underpowered air conditioner is a big mistake. If the system lacks the capacity to properly cool your home, it will run and run all day without ever making your home as cool as it needs to be.

That leaves you with a specific balance you need to achieve with your new system: neither overpowered, nor underpowered, but perfectly balanced.

Finding That Spot

Your technician will determine the right power levels for your new air conditioner, starting by evaluating the power levels of the old system. Then they’ll measure the square footage in your home, and combine it with additional factors that can affect your home’s ability to retain heat. For example, the presence of insulation in your home will help it retain cool air as much as warm air, while large windows with a western view will let in a lot of sunlight and warm the home accordingly. The technician will even factor in the size of your kitchen, since that spot is usually warmer than the rest of the house due to the stove and dishwasher.

With those details in mind, the technician can make a final calculation and determine the precise power levels for maximum efficiency.

For air conditioning replacement throughout the West Palm Beach, FL area, call the pros at Astro Air Inc. today!

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