How Do I Know If My Furnace Or Air Conditioner Is The Right Size Unit For My Home?

When it comes to heating and cooling our homes, bigger isn’t always better. Many homeowners fall into the trap of thinking that a larger HVAC unit will provide superior comfort, but this misconception can lead to many problems. At Energy Clean Home Services, we understand the importance of properly sizing HVAC systems to meet the specific needs of each home.

One common misconception is that a larger air conditioner will cool your home more effectively. However, an oversized unit can actually lead to inefficiency and discomfort. Rather than providing better cooling, an oversized AC may short cycle, meaning it turns on and off frequently without running long enough to effectively dehumidify the air or evenly distribute cooling throughout the home.

Similarly, while older furnaces were often oversized, modern advancements have made it clear that longer run times are more beneficial for home comfort. A properly sized furnace will run longer, ensuring that heat is evenly distributed throughout the home, resulting in higher comfort for occupants.

Conversely, undersizing a cooling unit can also lead to issues, particularly during hot and humid summers. An undersized air conditioner may struggle to meet demand, leading to uneven cooling and discomfort. In such cases, closing registers near the thermostat can help encourage longer run times and more effective dehumidification.

So, how do you know if your HVAC system is properly sized for your home? Here are some signs to look out for:

  1. Uneven temperatures throughout the home.
  2. Constant running of the unit to keep up with demand (if undersized).
  3. Insufficient run times to control indoor humidity levels (if oversized).
  4. Increased maintenance problems over time.

It’s essential to consult with a professional to ensure that your HVAC system is properly sized and optimized for efficiency and comfort. At Energy Clean Home Services, our Comfort Specialists conduct load calculations to determine the correct size unit for your home’s specific needs. Factors such as the home’s foundation, size, insulation, and usage patterns are taken into account to provide a customized solution that maximizes comfort and efficiency.

Don’t let misconceptions about HVAC sizing compromise your home comfort. Trust the experts at Energy Clean Home Services to provide the right-sized system for your needs, ensuring year-round comfort and efficiency.

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Scott Tizzard

President & Founder

Since 2013 I have been helping Canadians by providing the best in class heating and cooling solutions for their homes and businesses. I am hands on with my business and take pride in our work and craftsmanship. We look forward to taking care of your needs. Feel free to contact me directly.