Air ConditioningIs My Air Conditioner Too Big for My Home?

Did you know that, when it comes to your air conditioner, bigger is not always better? It catches some homeowners by surprise, but it is in fact true. An oversized air conditioning system is truly no better than one that is too small. How, though, can you know if your home cooling system is too big for your home? Well, it can be tricky, but we’ve got some tips to help you out. Read the following information, and schedule air conditioning services in Everett, WA with the pros on our staff if you think your air conditioner is too small.

Short Cycling

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Short cycling is a common sign that your air conditioner is too large. Have you noticed your air conditioner short cycling since you began using it? This is a good sign that it’s too big. When your AC is too big for the space in which it is installed, it can actually wind up cooling your home down too quickly. While it may sound appealing to rapidly cool down your space, this could cause your system to cycle off promptly, only to restart swiftly. This not only wastes energy, as your system uses the most energy when starting up, but it will lead to excessive system wear and tear. All that strain on your system could ultimately cause bigger problems that could lead you to need a new system.

Humid Air

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Humid air is another sign that your air conditioner is too big. Now, you may have humid air even with a perfectly sized system. There are multiple factors that lead to home humidity, so your air conditioner isn’t necessarily the culprit. However, the short run cycles that an oversized system leads to may be behind your high humidity levels. One of the functions of your air conditioner is to remove humidity from your home, but it needs to run a proper cycle length to do so. If your system is always turning on and off, it won’t run long enough to remove moisture from the air. So if you’ve noticed your home feels like a tropical rainforest, it may be time to reconsider the size of your air conditioner.

High Cooling Costs

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Nobody wants to be surprised with a high energy bill. High cooling costs may also indicate that your air conditioner is too big. As we mentioned, your system is going to use more energy the more it stops and starts. This is because your air conditioner contains several motors, and it requires more power to start these motors than it does when they’re running consistently. So if your unit keeps turning on and off, you’ll see an increase in utility costs. If your energy bill is skyrocketing, your air conditioner could be the problem.

Schedule services for your air conditioner with the pros here at GS Heating Cooling & Electric, so that you can always count on a job well done. We’re here to help ensure that you can cool your home successfully.


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