It Will Work, But…


This is great information provided by Michael Thornton, a home inspector in Tennessee.   I’m sure there are many folks who do not know these facts about sizing air conditioning units to work properly with the size of your home.  Bigger is not better.

Via Michael Thornton – Nashville, TN area Home Inspector – 615.661.0297 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.):

It Will Work, But…
     I get calls from folks that are selling properties about items that have been ID plate for a typical compressor unituncovered during the inspection, especially if it involves a rehab. For the sake of profitability, it is not unusual for rehabbers to “make do” with what they have or items that have been installed.
     One of the items home inspectors check is make sure the size of the HVAC unit matches the foot print of the property. The “rule of thumb” guideline that inspectors need to use for cooling is approximately 650 square feet of living space per ton of unit.
     The main purpose of an AC unit is to first dehumidify, then condition the air. If the unit is too big, then it will not adequately dehumidify although it will certainly cool the air. This can lead to water condensation and water stains on the ceiling. If the unit is too small, it will not do a good job of either, and the unit will have to continuously run just to try to do something with the air. conditioning the air.
     Putting a 3-1/2 ton unit into a 3700 square foot house will work but… It is like putting a 4 banger engine in a Hummer. It will work and get you from point A to point B, but there just might be something lacking in the performance department…

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After living in Walpole, MA for many years, our family was transferred to the west coast when I was a senior in high school. In 1983, I graduated from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, California. I am also a 1987 graduate of Providence College with a major in liberal arts and a minor in business administration. I bring to the table many years of sales experience beginning with thirteen years in Corporate Sales at Delta Air Lines. I'm the mother of three children and I'm very active within the Franklin, MA community. I am also a cancer survivor and support the American Cancer Society Charities.

My husband and I have built five homes and I've lived in a variety of other locations including Toronto Canada, Irving Texas and my current home in Franklin, MA. As a result of all my moving around, I came to the conclusion that I was an expert at moving...why not become an expert on the other side of the table? I earned my real estate license in 2004 and believe that I have found my true niche'. I can empathize with my clients on a variety of levels; whether they are buying or selling. And, like so many other good realtors out there, I believe that possessing good communication skills is one of the many keys to success.

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