Air Conditioning / How Big is Too Big?

Air Conditioning

Too big is when you’re paying for more air conditioning than you will ever need.  Even when the air conditioning contractor installs a bigger heating or cooling system for less than a competitor, the consumer always pays a higher price.  Higher utility bills, reduced comfort, shorter equipment life and higher air conditioning and heating repair bills will quickly add up to much more than the initial savings.  Too big is too common a problem here in the San Marcos, Buda, Kyle, and New Braunfels areas of Central Texas.

The higher long term price consumers pay often include molds, mildew, indoor air allergies and a home with wide temperature swings.  It’s like having an automobile with the gas pedal stuck … you can’t control how fast you go … all you can do is keep hitting the brakes.  That’s no way to drive and it’s no way to heat and cool a home. The constant start/ stop cycling of oversized air conditioning systems increase mechanical problems, shorten equipment life and increase utility bills.

When it comes to air conditioning and heating systems, bigger is just bad. Here in the San Marcos, Buda, Kyle and New Braunfels area of Central Texas, air conditioning systems should be designed to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature on a 100 degree day. Any time it’s less than 100 degrees outside even a properly sized air conditioning system is (in some respects) too big. When this is how an industry defines “properly sized” …  installing a even bigger system is both a mechanical and an economic disaster.  Ask an AirOne professional about our two stage and variable stage cooling system solutions.

In most cases the too big air conditioning system is connected to a too small air distribution (duct) system.  Imagine driving a big dually pickup truck down the narrow side streets of some ancient European village and you’ll have some idea of what too much air and too small an air duct system is like. Big truck …. small streets …  stuck gas peddle …  this isn’t going to end well.  Too many air conditioning systems are too big for the home and too big for the duct system. The best time to verify system requirements and make things right, is when replacing an older system.

There’s a lot to be said for doing things right and making things fit. Call an AirOne professional, we’ll be happy to help.  We have the answers to your most daunting air conditioning requirements.

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