If you’re fortunate enough to live in a city like Toronto, you’ll know all too well how the climate can change from one day to the next. That’s why in order to combat the elements, you need a good heating and air conditioning system. But don’t run out and buy the biggest one you can find – they’re not always the best.
Heating and Air Conditioning – Is Bigger Better?
There are several examples that you can find that suggest when it comes to heating and air conditioning, plumping for the biggest size isn’t always the most effective choice you can make. Let’s look at why that might be the case with air conditioning units first.
Problems of Big Air Conditioning Units :
1. Ineffective and Uncomfortable Humidity Control
As you know, your air con unit not only helps to cool down your room through cool air, but it dries the air out too as it’s running, reducing humidity levels and keeping you more comfortable.
If you buy a large air con unit, whilst it’ll cool down your room in a short amount of time, you’ll find that the unit won’t be running long enough to fully remove the humidity from the air – leaving you wet, sticky and uncomfortable, which is not a problem you might have had with your older, smaller unit.
2. More Mold
As you just read above, a larger unit can lead to greater humidity in your home – which is the perfect breeding ground for fungus. If you’re running a large unit then it won’t be long until you’ll see mold creeping up your walls and roof, which is unsightly at best and could cause structural damage at worst.
Whilst a colder room might be more conducive to a good night’s sleep, the constant droning of the unit certainly isn’t. An upgrade in size is almost always an upgrade in volume, so take that into account.
Problems of Large Heating Units
1. Energy Eaters
Whilst a larger heating unit might help to keep you toasty, you’ll actually be paying through the roof for such a privilege. Simply put, the fact that the furnace’s output doesn’t match the demand means that the constant cycling on and off will end up costing you a fortune on energy bills – not to mention the greater initial financial outlay in purchasing a bigger unit.
2. The Heater isn’t the Problem
Time after time, we see people spending a small fortune on buying a new heating or air conditioning model, only for it to have little to no effect when it comes to the temperature of the house. That’s because a heating system is only one of many factors when it comes to heating your home. For example, you might have a powerful, fancy new heating system – but if your home lacks basic insulation in the walls, roof or windows then you’re still going to continue to lose large amounts of heat in these places. Consider your existing insulation situation before you address a “problem” that doesn’t actually need addressing – you’ll be saving yourself time and money.
Size Doesn’t Always Matter for Heating and Air Conditioning
Tempting though it might be, in the middle of a harsh winter or blazing summer, to go out to the nearest store and buy the biggest heating or air conditioning unit they have on sale, you might want to consider the effects it will have on your home first. It could cause problems that you didn’t have before or not work how you’d expect it to, and you don’t want to be paying for that privilege.