Disadvantages to buying an undersized HVAC unit

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Disadvantages to buying an undersized HVAC unit

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Heating and Air units can get expensive. Some people, thinking they are saving some money, buy a smaller unit than needed. Companies like ours understand the driving force behind this idea but we also know its going to cost you more in the long run.

Your Energy Bill will Rise

Although buying a smaller unit will initially save you money on cost of the unit, monthly the electricity use will increase, eventually using the money saved…plus more. An undersized unit will lack what it takes to reach a set temperature in an appropriate cycle time. Basically, the unit will be running at all times trying to cool the desired area to the desired temperature. The town of Wellesley, Mass., has estimated the average cost of running central air conditioning in a typical home for six hours a day will use 900 kilowatt/hours (kWh) per month. At a cost of $0.134 per kWh, this amounts to $120.60 per month. If that was being run on an undersized unit, the cost could be up to 4 times that! The constant running of the unit also arises our next concern for undersized units.

Repair Needs will Increase

Running the unit non stop will add a lot of wear and tear on the unit quickly. Undersized heating and air units do not produce enough velocity to push all the cool air out of the duct work. The air comes out, but not at the speed it needs to properly cool the area. When adding up the cost of repairs and regular maintenance, the undersized unit is costing you more than what you would have initially paid for the right sized unit.

If you’d like more detailed information to help you determine what size unit you need check out this post: What Size AC Unit do I Need?

Do not let prices scare you into more problems and out of pocket money. Call today (731) 300-1030 and let us set up an appointment to give you an estimate for the proper sized heating and air unit for your area. Remember we also have financing options to make this easier and more affordable!


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