Wrong Sized AC

When you begin shopping for an AC system for your Wayzata home, there are many factors to evaluate. Consumers have many choices, from the air conditioner manufacturer to the team that will install it. The easiest part of the entire process starts with selecting the right team for the job, the experts at Blue Ox Heating And Air. Our team of certified professionals will guide you through choosing the perfect air conditioner for your home and the proper size because getting the perfect fit is vital in everything, including your home's air conditioning equipment.

Does Size Really Matter?

Here at Blue Ox, we know that there is a great deal of wisdom in the stories we heard as children. Goldilocks reminds us of the importance of getting things just right. And we want to ensure that our customers have the AC that is just right for their homes. If an AC unit is too small, it will constantly run without adequately cooling your home. The result will be an air conditioner that wears out prematurely and high utility bills.

Shockingly, an AC that is too big for your home will also suffer an early demise. The issue with an oversized AC is that it cycles too quickly because it cools the house rapidly. So all of the cycling on and off will wear the system out too quickly. And, of course, you will pay more for the larger system than one that is correctly sized for your home.

A General Guideline For AC Sizing

As with most things that you purchase specifically for your home, the most basic consideration is the home's square footage. In the case of AC units, there is a general standard to help you know where to begin in sizing an AC. Once you have used the chart, you can adapt the choice based on information specific to your home. The starting point for AC sizing is:

  • 5 ton unit for 600 to 1,000 square foot homes
  • 2 ton unit for 1,000 to 1,500 square foot homes
  • 3 tons for 1,500 to 2,000 square foot homes
  • 4 tons for 2,000 to 2,500 square foot homes
  • 5 tons for 2,500 to 3,000 square foot homes

Some Outside Factors To Consider

When a Blue Ox pro arrives at your home to discuss your new AC needs, many factors will be considered when determining the ideal AC size. Some of the things that will impact how well an air conditioner can cool your home include:

  • The amount and quality of the home's insulation
  • The quality of the ducts and how well they are sealed
  • The number of people in the house
  • The amount of use of heat-generating appliances
  • The quality and seal of the doors and windows
  • The amount of direct sunlight exposure
  • The location and climate surrounding the house

As HVAC system experts, our team will walk you through evaluating all of these features and concerns to determine how they will impact cooling your home.

Call 952-208-4570 today to request an appointment with a Blue Ox Heating And Cooling expert at your Prior Lake home.



Blue Ox Heating & Air

5720 International Parkway
New Hope, MN 55428