Sizing your System: Why bigger isn’t always better!
When it comes to airconditioning, there’s no such thing as ‘one-size-fits-all’. While many people believe that a bigger unit will be more effective, this isn’t the case. The trick is finding a unit that’s just right for your individual situation, factoring in the size of your space, and your lifestyle.
It’s best to enlist the help of an air conditioner expert like Rapid Cold Airconditioning, so we can steer you in the right direction and give you the best recommendation. But if you’d like to do some homework before bringing in the big guns, we’ve put together some info on the key things that should be considered when looking for the perfect unit for you.
The size of your space.
This might surprise you, but the ‘size’ of your airconditioning has nothing to do with the unit’s physical dimensions. Size actually refers a unit’s ability to produce cool and/or warm air and is usually measured in kilowatts (kW). With that, there are a few complexities involved in choosing the right size unit. So, before you make any final decisions, we suggest you speak to one of our sales reps or technicians to get the best airconditioning size for you.
How you live in the different spaces of your home.
When working out your airconditioning needs, our sales consultant will consider how your home functions (not just how big it is). Things like:
- Your insulation (or lack there of),
- The orientation of your home (where does the midday sun hit?),
- The number of windows you have can all make a big difference,
- And the geographical location of your home. For example, people in North Queensland will have very different requirements from those living in Tasmania.
Your personal preferences.
While every home is different in size and shape, every household user is different too. People like different degrees of warmth and cooling depending on their lifestyle. For example, some people like to sleep in a really warm space, while others like a cooler environment. Have a think about your ideal temperature. Where will you spend most of your time, and what will you be doing in different parts of your home? This will give you a good indication of the areas you’ll want to be the warmest (or coolest), and where you might need a more powerful unit.
Finally. Bigger isn’t always better.
As well as potentially costing more to run, it’s important to note that a too-large unit has other downsides too. An oversized unit is likely to start up and shut down more often throughout the day. Because it reaches its thermostat set point more quickly. All this switching on and off can take its toll over time. Meaning more wear and tear on the unit, and more frequent repairs.
Even your comfort can be reduced, as an oversized unit may not run for long enough to dehumidify the air.
Now that you’ve had a think about what matters to you and your household, it’s best to run your thoughts past an expert. Our sales consultant will not only come and assess your home; they can help explain the benefits of each unit, enabling you to make an informed choice.