What Happens If My AC/Heating System Is Too Big for My House?

June 23, 2021

The weather in La Vernia, TX, and surrounding areas often goes from one extreme to another. You’ll need an efficient and effective air conditioning and heating system to maintain consistent indoor temperatures. If your HVAC system is too big or has too much capacity, this could lead to several issues that affect your comfort and wallet. Poor Humidity Control An air conditioning system that’s too big for your home may perform short cycling. This happens when the air conditioner runs at full power for a minute or two. It reaches the temperature setting on the thermostat quickly, then turns off. However, it won’t remove enough humidity from your house during this short cycle time. As a result, your residence won’t feel as comfortable as it would with a right-sized system. High humidity levels can also worsen allergy and asthma symptoms. High Utility Bills Cooling and heating your home make up roughly 50% of your monthly energy costs. If your system is the wrong size for your home, it could operate less efficiently and cost you even more. When the unit has too much capacity for your home, it may use more power than a correctly sized system. This can result...

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What is a SEER Rating? How to Use it When Choosing the Right Heating Unit for Your Home

December 20, 2019

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER number is used to measure efficiency for air conditioners. The higher the number, the more efficient the equipment. Each state sets its own minimum standard SEER rating, and in Texas, that number is 14. You can use the SEER rating, along with other information, to make an informed choice about which equipment is right for you. Read on to learn more. How a SEER Rating Affects Your AC/Heating System Keep in mind that the SEER rating indicates the unit’s maximum potential. A unit might be rated at 21 SEER, but that doesn’t mean this level of performance can be achieved in all situations. The laws of thermodynamics apply, and various factors will reduce efficiency and performance. Factors that can impact how an AC system performs in the real world include outdoor temperatures, the size of and environment within the home to be cooled, thermostat settings and whether the system is properly maintained. In other words, a high SEER rating doesn’t automatically mean an AC unit will “pay for itself” compared to a less expensive model. When deciding which model to purchase, then, it’s important to consider other efficiency factors to help...

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