5 Signs Your Air Conditioner is Too Small

Boy in front of a FanImagine yourself coming home on a hot summer’s day to that lovely, cold blast from your air conditioning system. Sadly, for homeowners whose AC system is too small, that cold might be lukewarm! While there could be a number of reasons why your your AC Unit may not be properly cooling your home, one of the most common causes is a system that is too small.

Do you suspect you may have a system that is the wrong size for your living space? Watch for these five signs:

  1. High Energy Bills: High and inconstantly priced power bills are the first sign of a too-small system. If you have several months in a row with crazy, high priced invoices your Heat Pump might be too small. To check, find neighbors or friends with similar home sizes to yours and compare what they pay each month for electricity to your costs.
  2. Never Cold Enough: A sure sign of an undersized air conditioner is if it is a struggle to get the temperature in your home under 79 degrees. Today’s Air Conditioning technology is designed to keep your indoor climate at a constant temperature, making small adjustments when needed. If you can’t get even get it to go from hot to cool enough, and keep it there, then an undersized AC unit may be the culprit.
  3. Too Humid Indoors: The second biggest reason, beyond cooling, to have an air conditioning system is to remove humidity from the home. If your AC system is too small, it likely won’t be strong enough to clear moisture adequately and to a comfortable level.
  4. Constant Cycling: If your air conditioning system is properly sized and well maintained it should run in cycles that last about 15 to 20 minutes. During these cycles your AC will kick on, bring the room to the desired temperature on the thermostat, and turn off for a few minutes before the next cycle. If your system seems to never stop then it is probably working overtime to try to cool your home: a sign it is not big enough for your square footage. Another way HVAC Professionals describe this problem is “short cycling”.
  5. Inconsistent Room Temperatures: Are there places in your home that always seems to be too cold or too hot? A few issues could cause this, but it is also an indication that your AC may be too small – especially if those rooms are farthest away from the main system.

Remember, the professionals at Custom Climate Concepts are your climate control experts. We can help determine if your system is too small and offer solutions that may surprise you, like ductless or split systems. Reach us at (941) 955-COOL (2556).