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Does the Size of Air Conditioners Matter?

Is bigger always better when it comes to purchasing new appliances like an air conditioner? Buying a new air conditioner requires a lot of research on the various brands, models, and sizes available. You can easily find yourself overwhelmed by all of the potential options, wondering whether the size of your unit even matters to the overall comfort level of your home. The truth is that size does matter when you purchase a unit for your HVAC system, but the biggest version isn’t always the right option.
Before you make a purchase, you should know what factors go into the necessary size of your air conditioner. Find out how your HVAC technician can help you determine the proper air conditioner size using this handy guide.

What factors does my HVAC technician consider?

A qualified technician knows that energy-efficiency is going to be the key to selecting a unit that you will be happy with long-term. This means that you can lower your monthly utility bills because the unit is maximizing its output based on the amount of energy it receives. In order for a unit to run efficiently, it has to be appropriately sized for the house’s needs. Some of the factors that are considered before deciding on the unit size include:

  • The square footage and volume of your home
  • The overall efficiency of your house or age of the home
  • The amount of sunshine that your home receives during the day
  • The number of people living in the house
  • The number of windows you have

All of these items dictate how much space the unit needs to cool down and how much outdoor air is let into the home. This can help the technician figure out just how much power the unit needs in order to compete with the warmer outdoor air.

Why shouldn’t I purchase the biggest unit?

An oversized air conditioning unit will definitely pump enough cold air into your home, but it won’t effectively cool down the house. A properly sized AC unit will be able to cool down your walls and furniture, allowing the chill to last longer. In comparison, the oversized version will turn on and quickly turn off when the air reaches the set temperature. The heat will quickly return from the walls and furniture, causing the unit to turn on once again. This cycle will continue, causing extreme wear and tear on your unit and discomfort throughout the home.

What about energy efficiency?

Beyond just size, you need to look at energy efficiency to ensure that your unit will be a great fit for your monthly budget. The SEER rating gives you an indicator of how well each model will make use of the electricity you feed to it. Look for a mid-range score (15 or higher) that still gives you an affordable unit.
When you’re ready to figure out what AC unit to purchase, call our trained air conditioning technicians to help. At Classic Air Conditioning and Heating, we have the expertise and the experience to help you find the perfect unit.

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Karrie Mikle
Karrie Mikle
2022-05-06
Everyone I have dealt with at Classic over the last several years always go the extra mile with customer service. Reliable, pleasant and knowledgeable team - especially JOEY SCALA!
Sarah Rogers
Sarah Rogers
2022-05-03
Eddie, Isaac and saul did amazing work, talked to me about everything, and made sure they installed my new ac properly. Thank yall so much!
CHERYL SCHILLINGS
CHERYL SCHILLINGS
2022-04-18
William Bragg
William Bragg
2022-04-08
We've been using Classic Air Conditioning & Heating Services for the past five years to include Installation of new units (flawless by the way), bi-annual check-ups that are scheduled and carried out without a second thought on my part, and in emergencies (backed up drain in the bathroom with a response time in under 24 hours to troubleshoot the problem). Their technicians are master's at their craft, personable, and cut to the chase on his service calls. I never feel like I'm being given the run around or a sales pitch with this company. Today, Mitchell Wesch went above and beyond walking us through what was happening and provided a multitude of options and expected timelines for future repairs. Once again, a great example of exemplary customer service. He was able to troubleshoot the problem with zero delay. We're ready for the Texas summer, and are already looking forward to the next scheduled service call. Thank you Classic Services for keeping our home healthy and happy.
Sondra Von Gyllenband
Sondra Von Gyllenband
2022-04-08
These folks are kind and helpful. They will above and beyond to assist. They make sure what needs to be done is done. Sondra
Lexie Gillotti
Lexie Gillotti
2022-04-06
Theresa did an amazing job! She informed me about everything she was doing and took extra pictures so I could have them for my record. She was quick but still answered all my questions. She definitely saved the day when my condensor froze over on the coldest day of the year, leaving my family in the cold. She was out at my house within the hour and had everything fixed in minutes.
MARIE ORTEGA
MARIE ORTEGA
2022-03-29
Very professional presentation and very very quick arrival day Same Day to our needs much better than anyone in San Antonio, very disappointed with services from San Antonio. Importantly corrected our problem in same day. Took their time and gave advice and great great pricing. Won’t go anywhere else. Will always consider local businesses instead.
Jeffrey Fields
Jeffrey Fields
2022-03-26
Jan Smith
Jan Smith
2022-03-10
Stephanie Corona
Stephanie Corona
2022-02-23
Well, once again, Classic comes to the rescue. I am on their yearly maintenance plan and yesterday Nate showed up for a late afternoon service call. Nate was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. This company never ceases to impress me. From the person that answers the phone to the people that come out to help. ALWAYS on time, responsive and caring. GREAT JOB NATE!!!
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