One of the more important things about finding and installing a heating and cooling system is it’s size. A correctly sized system will save you money. Why not get the biggest? Just because it’s bigger doesn’t mean it’s right for your home. A cooling system that’s too big cools down the temperature very quickly, but it does not run long enough to remove humidity from the air. The result is a cool but uncomfortable clammy feeling — the common thing to do is to turn down the thermostat to make the air conditioner run longer, increasing the utility bill. Having a system that’s too small will run for a long period of time while not providing cool air to the entire home.
What’s the correct sized system for my house?
In order to determine the system that’s the right size, something called a “load calculation” has to be performed – it’s a formula that takes into account the square footage of your home, the number, size and placement of rooms, the type of insulation, orientation to the sun, number and arrangement of floors and the climate in your geographic area. Thankfully the talented contractors here at ACE know all about this.
Once the load calculation is complete your contractor will recommend a proper system with a good SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) for air conditioners, AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) for gas furnaces and HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) for heat pumps.