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Sizing is one of the most important considerations when you’re purchasing a new furnace or air conditioner. If you didn’t have a hand in selecting the system that’s currently in your Lake Bluff, Illinois, home, it may be too large or too small for the space. Here’s an explanation of how your HVAC system’s size impacts its overall efficiency.

Problems With Oversized HVAC Systems

A system that’s too large for your home will cycle on and off frequently because it can heat or cool your home in a short amount of time. This is known as “short cycling.” Short cycling creates many issues:

  • Excessive wear on your compressor and ventilation fans.
  • Run time that’s too short to offer good air circulation, making the home feel stuffy or too humid.
  • Hot and cold spots around your living space.

Problems With Undersized Systems

An undersized heating or cooling system can’t manage your home’s temperature effectively because it simply isn’t large enough for the space it’s trying to handle. This causes issues such as:

  • Excessive wear and more frequent repairs from running constantly.
  • Inability to meet your thermostat settings.
  • An uncomfortable home from lack of power to circulate air throughout the space.

How to Get Your HVAC System Sized Properly

You don’t want a furnace or air conditioner that’s either too large or too small for your space. Determining the proper size for your HVAC system requires that a number of factors are considered, including square footage, the number and placement of windows and doors, insulation, and the orientation of the house.

The best way to make sure that you have an efficient and effective heater or air conditioner is to consult a professional. An experienced HVAC technician can perform a load calculation and assess your current system.

Whether you’re purchasing a new system or you want to assess the performance of your current heater or air conditioner, we can help. Call Ireland Heating & Air Conditioning Co. at 847-388-0108. We’ll help you with any sizing issue.

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