The Problem With Oversized AC Units

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There is a common misconception about sizing your air conditioner when it comes to heating and cooling your home or business. Most people believe the larger the air conditioning unit, the faster it will cool or heat the room- thus lowering your electric bill. There is only slight truth in such a notion. Yes, the room in which you want to cool or heat will reach the ideal temperature much faster with an oversized unit, however simply heating or cooling is not the only function of an AC unit. Only part of the air conditioner’s function is dedicated to heating or cooling, the other part of the units function is to dehumidify the air, something many people tend to overlook, or not even consider.  It is the proper combination of acceptable humidity and temperature that creates comfort.

A home or business with a correct sized AC unit will run at the ideal length of time resulting in desired temperature and dehumidification.  With an oversized unit, the unit does not have ample time to properly remove enough water from the air. For you techies out there- When water vapor condenses on the coil of an oversized unit, there is not enough condensation on the coil to pass through the pan below. Even if the water were to reach this point, it has still not done its job dehumidifying the home due to the fact that there will not be enough water built up on the pan to eject from the unit entirely. This could result in the water evaporating and eventually makings its way back inside.

This alone would be a valid reason as to why people should avoid purchasing an oversized unit, however it is not the only one. Another aspect is overall cost. A larger unit will cost more money up front, and in the long run. Aside from that, the stereotype that it will save you money is vastly embellished.  Before you upsize your system because it is not keeping up, first check your home’s “energy well being”.  It makes more sense to repair duct’s or add insulation, and not to change the size of the system.

So how does one assure that they are purchasing a properly sized unit for their home or business?

Your best bet is to get a HVAC certified professional to assess your needs. A properly trained home analysis will suggest what is the proper size system for the home or business you are trying to cool. A-Plus Air conditioning and Home Solutions professionals will not only guide you through the building analysis, but offer suggestions to what suits your needs best, whether it is weatherizing your home or replacing your cooling and heating system with the proper size.  Check A-Plus out!!!

The Importance Of Professional AC Maintenance

The Importance of AC Maintenance - A-Plus HVACC of Austin, TX

AC Repair, AC Service, ECAD Audit, Austin TX, Austin, Texas, Round Rock, APlusAC, A Plus, Air ConditionerAir conditioning and heating are probably one of mankind’s biggest overlooked luxuries. When we have it, we don’t notice very much. In fact, we pretty much take it for granted. However, it is not until we do not have it that we can figuratively and literally feel the heat of going without it. It is safe to say in Texas that during the month of June, it is extremely important to have your AC running a maximum efficiency. Aside from cooling the home or business, at a time where the weather outside can reach unbearable temperatures, efficient central air can reduce and clean pollution and overall air quality. Despite the benefits of keeping your air conditioning unit in top form, there are still people who unfortunately wait until it is too late to service their system. This could result from the system running hours, or even days without proper servicing. In fact, you would have no cooling if the system goes out and there is a problem. They are the ones that call the most often with broken air conditioners.

Cleaning and maintaining your central air unit is extremely important for it to run at peak efficiency and to extend the life of the system. It is important to check the coolant levels power draw of the system’s compressor and entire outdoor unit, the condenser. Needless-to-say conducting routine checks and maintenance on your home’s or business, central air unit is worth the effort and helps reduce electric bills. It is usually a good idea to hire professionals like A-Plus Energy Management and Air Conditioning to handle all your maintenance needs. Professionals like A Plus can not only maintain the unit professionally and properly, but they can also give you a warning if any aspect of the unit is beginning to show signs of trouble. The technician can possibly make recommendations to be proactive and repair or replace the system, as needed. An ounce of prevention can surely reduce the possibility of not having air conditioning on a 100+ degree day in July.

To sum up, it is important to NOT wait until it is too late to address the cleaning and maintenancing your central air unit. Keeping tabs and acting on the health issues of your unit(s) can prolong the life of the overall system. Act now and don’t wait to get your cooling system checked out.