As a new homeowner, I can tell you that things aren't always as simple as they appear. I started thinking about it a few years ago, and I realized that there were some serious problems with our plumbing system. We had issues with drains working correctly and toilets flushing like they should, so I started focusing more heavily on understanding the basics of our plumbing system. Within a few short months the entire system was operating more fluidly because of a few changes that I made, so I wanted to create a blog all about my journey. Check out these articles to learn more about the plumbing basics.
Renovating your house can affect your air conditioner's ability to cool your house effectively. This is likely to be the case if the renovation has affected airflow in the house or the total area that needs to be cooled in the house. For example, your AC may be undersized if you have changed your house's configuration or added some rooms to the house. Below are some of the signs that will tell you the AC is undersized.
Continuous AC Cycles
An AC runs until your house's temperature matches the temperature on the thermostat. The AC then shuts down and only starts cooling again when the temperature falls. Thus, as long as the AC is properly sized, it will be alternating between 'On' and 'Off' cycles. However, the AC will struggle to reach the target temperature if it is undersized for your house. The 'On' cycles will be longer than usual, and the AC might even run without cycling
Proper AC sizing ensures that the system can keep your house cool as needed. This means the AC should be able to reach the target temperature within a reasonable time, and the cool air should reach all rooms in the house. However, an undersized AC will struggle to do any of these things. Your house might feel warm even when the AC is running, or some rooms or parts of the house might feel cooler than others.
Increased Energy Bills
The more the AC runs, the more electricity it consumes. As previously mentioned, an undersized AC doesn't have normal 'On' and 'Off' cycles. The lengthy 'On' cycles result in increased energy usage, which you might notice as increased energy bills despite the impaired cooling.
The primary function of the AC is to keep the house cool. A secondary function of the AC is to control the humidity in the house. The AC does this by removing some of the moisture in the air if the humidity is too high. The AC is not so good in humidity control (after all, humidity control is a secondary feature), and it will struggle if the humidity is high and the AC is undersized. Thus, you might have to contend with high humidity even if your AC is running.
Call an air conditioning service technician if your AC is exhibiting any of the above symptoms. You might be dealing with an undersized AC, especially if you have renovated your house in the recent past. Whatever the cause of the problems, the technician will help you diagnose and solve them.