Do you know if you have the right sized air conditioner for your home? The size of your air conditioner plays one of the biggest roles in determining the comfort of your home. With today's new building technologies it’s become more and more important than ever to ensure that your air conditioner has been properly sized. If not it might not dehumidify that great, short cycle and not last as long as it should.
Central Air Conditioning In Minnesota vs. The South
In Minnesota it’s typically better to size your air conditioner a little smaller to remove the humidity. Other states in the south like Arizona, Texas and California don’t have this problem because it’s so dry. Back in the 80’s when I worked in California we always sized them bigger. That’s because all those people ever wanted to do was cool their house down. In California they don’t have the humidity problem like we do here in Minnesota. That’s why people in California were always more than happy to have me install a larger Air Conditioner. It'd cool their home down and very quickly.
However, in Minnesota an over sized Air Conditioner is not a very good idea because each time air is circulated through your system humidity is removed. This means the more times you allow air to pass through your system, while it’s cooling to your desired temperature, the dryer your home will get. An over sized Air Conditioner will cool your home down so quick that the air doesn’t get to pass through your system enough times to remove the humidity leaving you with a home that feels like a cold clammy cave.
The Best Air Conditioning System For Minnesota
In my 40+ years in the Air Conditioning Industry I’ve found that Two-Stage A/C System is by far the best Air Conditioning Systems for Minnesota. Why? A Two-Stage Air Conditioner is like having the best of both worlds. A smaller and larger air conditioner all in one!
Here’s how it works…
When your Two-Stage Air Conditioner turns on it’ll start out cooling the same way a smaller sized Air Conditioner would. After your system senses that your home is dry it’ll automatically switch itself over to start cooling like a larger air conditioner. With the Two-Stage A/C System not only will your home get dry it’ll get cool and as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Choosing The Right Sized Air Conditioner For Your Home
Bottom line, size matters and it varies depending on the type of climate that you live in. One of the biggest misconceptions that people have is that bigger is better. This is not always true, especially in Minnesota. If its to big it will turn on quickly cool and shut off leaving your home very uncomfortable. If it’s too small it will run constantly wearing it down a lot quicker than if it was properly sized.
The best way to choose the right sized air conditioner for your home is to have an experienced AC Service do a room-by-room house load calculation. There is no other accurate way to determine the exact size central air conditioner you need. Once you’ve figured out the size AC you need then you should start looking at equipment. Remember, not all air conditioners are the same.
Get Your Copy Of Our AC Systems Buyers Guide
I hope you’ve found this blog helpful. For more information about Air Conditioning Installation in Minnesota download a copy of our AC Systems Buyers Guide. The buyer’s guide is made up of a series of articles designed to help you navigate the air conditioning buying process.
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