In the middle of the Kansas summers you’re hot, and in the middle of the Kansas winters you’re cold. Is that your body’s inability to regulate your temperature, or is it due to an improperly-sized HVAC comfort system? Chances are it’s the latter, and so you need to have your contractor tailor your new HVAC comfort system to your home’s and family’s unique requirements.
Sometimes when tract houses are built, the builder will use a one-size-fits-all approach to the HVAC systems in those homes. Unfortunately, this is not a good approach because HVAC systems must be sized carefully according to a home’s unique design criteria and the comfort needs of the occupants. Oversized air-conditioning units can be as troublesome as undersized units. The main problem associated with an oversized unit is excess humidity in your home, which can lead to more problems like warping wood floors or mold, whereas undersized units have to work much harder–and inevitably require more repairs–in order to properly cool your home.
Your contractor can help you address these issues with a new air-conditioning system, a solid understanding of heat gain and the Manual J. The Manual J, an HVAC industry standard, is a manual that details the method necessary to mathematically figure out the size of air-conditioning system your home requires. A good contractor will always use the Manual J method in determining your home’s air-conditioning needs.
When figuring out the needs of your home, your contractor will take heat-gain measurements on all windows, exterior doors, walls, ceilings and floors, and will make an assessment of the amount of heat generated by the home, the appliances and the occupants. It is a very precise calculation that can lead to you enjoying your Kansas City summers instead of dreading them!
You have invested a lot of money in your home, and you deserve to enjoy it comfortably! Please contact us if you have any questions about your HVAC system, or if you’d like your air-conditioning system tailored to your home.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air-conditioning and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.