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Why Bigger Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Better When It Comes to Air Conditioners

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Too often, we associate being the biggest with being the best – while in some scenarios it may be true, it’s not always the case when it comes to air conditioning units. In the air conditioning world, it’s all about the right fit for your home or business, not big or small.

Buying the Biggest Air Conditioner – What Could Happen

Many people assume buying a bigger capacity air conditioner would help cool their homes quicker, and think faster cooling translates to less energy use – this couldn’t be farther from the case.

First of all, larger units cost more, so if you don’t actually need it, you’re wasting your money on the purchase. Second, you’ll be wasting money to operate it. It’ll run in short cycles, which isn’t efficient and will cause higher energy consumption.

It also won’t be able to keep your home or business comfortable. Shorter cycles will prevent cooling from reaching the indoor spaces farthest from the system, creating varying temperatures throughout the home or building.

Most people aren’t aware that air conditioners also work to dehumidify indoor spaces. They use their coils to draw moisture from the indoor air supply; in a bigger unit that runs shorter cycles, the system will not be on long enough to cool the coils in order to condense appropriate amounts of moisture.

Finding the Right Fit

In order to determine the right size air conditioner for your home or business, a skilled HVAC technician considers multiple factors, which may include:

• The size of each room
• The total size of the building
• The number of windows and their location
• The number of occupants
• HVAC system layout

These factors play a role in determining the cooling load of the home or commercial building. Once the load has been determined, your HVAC technician will help you select an air conditioning unit that is engineered for your load. This means it can provide sufficient cooling through optimal cycles; your new air conditioner will operate efficiently and at the efficiency ratings you expect.

With Nelson Comfort on the job, it’s guaranteed that your new air conditioner will be just the right size for your Cincinnati home or business. Call us today and meet with a knowledgeable cooling pro who will determine which system size will work best for you.

About The Author


Dan Detmer

Dan Detmer is the owner of Nelson Comfort. Dan was born into the heating and cooling industry, coming from a family of well respected HVAC contractors in Dayton, Ohio. After working in the family business, Dan decided to work for a local HVAC wholesale business helping local contractors grow their business. When he felt his heart moving him back into the residential and light commercial business, Dan joined the Mortimer Heating & Cooling team in Cincinnati, where he had called home and become part of the community for several years. After a short period of time Dan purchased the company and created what is today, Nelson Comfort. Today he operates a company based on integrity, honesty, and stellar customer service. If you have any questions feel free to tweet (at sign) NelsonComfort and we will get right back with you!

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