As a Florida homeowner, there are few things more stressful than an inefficient air conditioning system — especially if you can’t quite pinpoint what the issue is.
Although there are lots of factors that can keep your air conditioning system from effectively cooling your home, an often overlooked culprit is your air conditioner’s size.
When it comes to effectively keeping your home cool and comfortable (without spending an arm and a leg on energy costs), your air conditioner needs to be the right size. An AC that’s too small won’t have the power necessary to cool your entire home.
5 Signs of an Undersized AC Unit
If you think your air conditioning system is too small, learn the signs to watch out for here.
1. Your AC System Is Always Running
A standard AC cycle lasts between 15 to 20 minutes and then kicks off. If your system runs constantly, your air conditioner is working overtime in attempts to cool your home; and it doesn’t have the power necessary to match the temperature set on the thermostat. As a result, you end up with an uncomfortable home and higher energy bills.
For each ton of heat that has to be removed from an interior space, an air conditioner requires 12,000 British Thermal Units (BTU). The larger your home, the higher amount of BTUs you’ll need to properly cool it.
To verify the BTU capacity of your air conditioner, walk outside to the condenser unit and check for a label on one of the side panels. At the top of the label, you’ll find the air conditioner’s model number (identified as M/N). The model number includes three sections of letters and numbers, separated by dashes. The AC’s BTU capacity is the number included in the second section of the M/N.
2. Your Home’s Temperature Is Inconsistent Throughout Each Room
Generally speaking, an air conditioner will cool your home evenly. There will be exceptions in the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry rooms when appliances are being used; but other than that, you should feel a consistent temperature throughout your home. However, if your air conditioner is too small, it won’t be powerful enough to reach the areas in your home that are the farthest away from the unit.
3. It’s Humid Inside Your Home
Air conditioning systems are designed to both cool your home as well as remove excess moisture. It does this by absorbing the warm air indoors, absorbing the hot water from the air, and siphoning out of your home through the AC’s condensate line. If your air conditioner is undersized, it won’t have enough power to remove the moisture from every room in the house. If humidity is the only issue, consider investing in a dehumidifier until you can have your system inspected by a professional.
4. Low Airflow
If your air conditioner is too small for your home, you’ll notice a lower air flow in the rooms that are furthest from the inside unit. If you notice this issue throughout the entire home, though, the issue may be dirty air filters. Replace them at least once a month, especially if you have pets, allergy sufferers, or smokers in your household.
5. High Energy Bills
This is like adding insult to injury: You complain that some rooms in your home are never cool enough, yet the energy bills always come through the roof. Don’t blame it on the Florida sunshine. Yes, it’s hot outside, but if you’re paying for high electric bills, your home should be cool. If it isn’t and those bills are still expensive, your air conditioner is not working efficiently.
What to Do Next If Your AC Unit Is Undersized
If your air conditioning unit is new, look at the sales contract for the seller’s return policy. If you purchased a new home and are noticing signs that the AC is too small a few weeks in, call the number on the panel of the indoor unit to inquire as to when the system was installed. If it’s been several years, contact an HVAC professional to get a quote for a new system, or to discuss whether it would make sense to install a second air conditioner in your home.
Contact Blair’s Air for AC Installation in Tampa Bay
Investing in an air conditioning system for your Florida home is a big decision. After all, living in the Sunshine States means we use our ACs more than our neighbors to the north. With all of the makes and models available to homeowners, it’s important you know which is the best option for your home.
If you think your air conditioning system might be too small for your home, the team at Blair’s Air can help.
We’ll perform a thorough inspection of your current system and address any issues causing your home’s discomfort.
Call (727) 800-4148 to schedule service.