If you're thinking about installing an HVAC system in your home for the first time, you'll want to know what choice to make. You may have heard about the various options and have decided that a split system product would be best for you. Still, how do you decide on the right size so you get a solution that makes your family more comfortable and something that is cost-efficient too? What factors do you need to take into account?

Careful Calculation Required

There is no such thing as "one size fits" all when it comes to split systems. You need to be careful as you make your choice so that you don't get anything too big or too small but a product that is tailor-made for your particular home.

Why You Need to Choose Wisely

The problem with getting a system that's too big for its space is that it will tend to cycle on and off far too often. This will use a lot of energy without producing the right results and is likely to inflate your bill at the end of each month. However, if the system you choose is too small, it will have to work overtime to meet your temperature requirements. It'll use a lot more power than a correctly sized system and is also likely to cost more in terms of annual maintenance.

Space and Size

You need to take into account many factors when choosing the ideal system. For example, if you have larger rooms throughout the property, you'll need more capacity. Individual units are sized by kilowatt output.

Doors and Windows

You must also consider how many windows and doors you have in any given space. You may have to adjust the size of your system to take into account how efficient your doors and windows are at insulating the space.

Outdoor Orientation

If your property faces due north and does not have any trees or other buildings between it and the midday sun, you will likely have to increase the size of your split system. Conversely, natural or artificial barriers and a different orientation can markedly affect what you need to buy.

Levels of Insulation

Finally, think about the insulation fitted within your walls and your attic space. The more efficient this is, the easier it will be to maintain a set temperature, and the less work will be required from your split systems. They'll use less power, and you may be able to choose a smaller configuration.

How Can You Decide?

As it can be difficult to work out your exact needs by yourself, talk to an air-conditioning contractor for their help. They'll know how to make the proper calculations and advise you about your ideal system. Once you've decided to go ahead, they'll be delighted to fit everything and ensure that the system is working properly.

For more information on split system installation, contact a professional near you.