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    May 05, 2016

    posted by: McCall's Supply, Inc.

    How Can I Tell If My HVAC System Is Properly Sized for My Home?

    How Can I Tell If My HVAC System Is Properly Sized for My Home?

    If you want to get the most out your product upgrade benefits from your HVAC system, you’d better be sure it’s the right size for your home. How can you tell? Here’s what you need to know.

    Why Does HVAC System Size Matter?

    When it comes to your heating and cooling system, bigger isn’t better. The truth is when it comes to heating and cooling; the right size will give you the right results.

    If your HVAC equipment is too big, it will cycle on and off frequently to try to meet temperature demands. To make the most of energy efficiency, instead of trying to blast cool or heat your home like systems of old, your system will more gradually heat and cool the space in your home, keeping temperatures consistent and using less energy.

    If your HVAC system is too small, it will have to work overtime to keep up. It will have a hard time keeping the temperature consistent and it will be anything but energy efficient. Your energy bill will go up and the wear and tear on your equipment will shorten the life of your equipment.

    How Is Size Determined?

    To determine the size of the system needed for a specific home, there’s some math to be done:

    1. Multiply the square footage of the home by 25
    2. Divide that number by 12,000
    3. Subtract 0.5 from the result
    4. The final number will be the required tons, or the heating or cooling capacity of the unit

    How Can I Tell If My HVAC System Is the Right Size?

    The right-sized HVAC system will keep your house the right temperature while maintaining its energy efficiency. Take a look at the equipment in your home, do the math, and see if it adds up. Or talk to an HVAC professional about whether or not your equipment is doing the job it should and if the size is right for the space.

    When you’re trying to determine the proper size for your heating and cooling system, trusting an experienced professional is a great way to make sure you have the system you need for your home. To help you determine if you’re getting the most product upgrade benefits from your HVAC system, contact a McCall’s dealer.

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