When investing in a new air conditioner, there are some factors to consider. The most important thing to figure out is what size air conditioner you will need. Having an air conditioner that is too large for the home will cause it to produce too much cool air. This air will then be wasted. Too much cool air being produced will also cause the system to wear out sooner than it should. If the air conditioner is too small, it will not be able to cool the home properly or efficiently. This can cause it to run constantly while trying to produce the proper amount of cool air. An air conditioner too for the home can increase the monthly bills as well.
How many levels in your home?
Most one-story homes do not have a problem with keeping the rooms cools. Since there is only one level of ductwork to go through, it usually is not and issues unless the house with a lot of square feet to cover. The problems usually start with houses that are two stories or taller. Since air has to be pushed up ducts and travel through multiple stories, it takes a lot of force to get up there. Air conditioning units that are not powerful might have a hard time forcing the air into the upstairs rooms. Before purchasing an air conditioner, make sure to contact us and we can recommend what type would be right for you.
Options to Choose from
In order to get cool air up to the rooms on the second level, there are a few options. One can close vents in the basement or even on the first floor. However, you run the risk of those rooms becoming too warm for comfort on a hot summer day. Those vents being closed might force air up to the second floor or it might not. Another option to keep the upstairs cool is with a window unit. The window unit will guarantee that the room it is installed in will be cool. But there will be an electric bill to match it. It takes a lot of energy to run an air conditioner from the window unit and if your air conditioning system is already running, then you will be paying twice as much in order to cool your home. Instead of paying the bills for both methods, you might need to consider having a new and larger system that does work cool your house.
Properly set the Air Conditioner and Thermostat
The degree of coolness where you want your house to be at might also make a difference in how well it can keep up. No matter what sized house you have, a thirty degree difference is hard to maintain. It is recommended to keep the thermostat a little warmer so the unit can shut off and have a break. If your system can maintain a lower temperature on a cool day, then it probably is fine and you do not need to consider investing the money in a larger one. You can also contact us at (651) 504-1556 and we can recommend the proper temperature.