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Air conditioner and furnace size is one of the first things you should consider when evaluating your current system or when purchasing a new one. While this is important for new buyers, it’s also something homeowners with newer systems should be aware of, just in case they start to notice their system isn’t running efficiently. The most common misconception about air conditioner or furnace size is that the bigger the system, the better it is. If you choose a furnace or air conditioner that is too powerful for your home, it will often use unnecessary energy by running short, inefficient cycles. This term is called “Short Cycling” and can lead to damaged parts in your system, costing you even more in repair costs! Alternatively, if you choose a system that is too small, it may not be able to keep up with your homes needs, forcing it to run extra-long cycles and again making it vulnerable to part failures. Keep in mind that the correct size system for your home isn’t entirely dependent on the size of your home. Your service provider should be experienced with installation in your local area and familiar with the climate. There are many other factors that your HVAC technician should take into account, these include:

  • The insulation and window quality of your home.

  • The number of occupants living in your home.

  • If you’ll be renovating your home in the near future.

  • The direction that your home faces.

  • Objects surrounding your home such as trees or other buildings.

The best way to determine if you are getting a properly sized system is to get a Special Gas professional to do a site visit at your home first. This will allow your home to be assessed properly.

Click here to schedule an appointment with Special Gas Services and ensure that your new system is an ideal size that meets your home comfort needs.

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