Save by Sizing Your HVAC System Correctly
Choosing a heating and air conditioning system that’s the right size for your Jacksonville, Florida, home will help you to save money and energy. If your system is too small, it won’t keep you and your family comfortable. If it’s too big, it will waste energy and your utility bills will be higher. Larger HVAC systems have to turn on and off frequently to keep your home from becoming too warm or cold. Since they don’t stay on long enough to dehumidify the air, you could feel sweaty in the warmer months. Sizing your HVAC system correctly is important for comfort and savings. An experienced professional can use load calculations to determine the right system for your home.
Contractors use Manual J to size HVAC equipment correctly. The Air Conditioning Contractor’s Association of America provides these instructions, and several computer programs are available to make calculations easy. Professionals consider factors including the size of your home, the amount of insulation, the number of windows, and the number of people living there when sizing HVAC equipment.
Manual D helps your contractor to determine the right size for your ductwork. If the ducts are too large, air won’t move fast enough. If the ductwork is too small, there could be a lot of noise as the air passes through it. Also, too much pressure within the ducts could damage your ductwork. Without the right-sized ductwork, your HVAC system will be less efficient. A professional can make sure your existing ductwork is the right size by measuring the airflow from your vents.
Variable-Speed Air Handlers
If you’re planning to add a few rooms to your home, finish your basement, or upgrade your insulation, choose an HVAC system with a variable-speed air handler. Variable-speed systems have high and low settings instead of just turning on or off. This means they use less energy and dehumidify the air better than standard systems.
Mike Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer. We can help you size, install, maintain, and repair your heating and air conditioning system. Call us at 904-240-4038 for expert service.