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Is this the summer you have found that your home’s existing AC is no longer up to the task of keeping your house comfortable all throughout the remainder of the season? If you have come to this conclusion yet have not yet made a choice on what AC installation you should go with, the time is now—however, we discourage you from rushing and purchasing the first AC you can find!

The reason we do not encourage this is that too many owners go and purchase the largest AC they may find that matches their budget, not knowing that larger is not always better, and they actually could be doing more harm than good to their energy costs and cooling system. Keep in mind, it takes an educated and skilled HVAC expert to install a new AC. You require a contractor who understands key factors, such as the right AC tonnage.

Tonnage: What is it?

We know at this point you might think we are discussing how much an AC weights; however, that isn’t what we are discussing here at all. HVAC experts, like any specialist within a complex industry, have jargon of their own, and as you hear one talk about tonnage, they’re referring to the quantity of cooling that an AC unit offers for the space in which it’s installed.

The air conditioning’s cooling power is measured in the heat units a system extracts from the air. AC systems don’t “produce” cold air, as cold is not an energy form. The process of cooling is instead a result of the heat removal, and tonnage is the quantity of heat a cooling system may draw from a house over one hour.

This process of heat removal is measured as British Thermal Units (BTUs), which is the quantity of heat required to change the temperature of one pound of water 1℉. One ton of AC power will mean your unit removes 12,000 British Thermal Units from the building’s air an hour. Each extra ton accounts for an additional 12,000 British Thermal Units.

How Much Tonnage Is Required to Cool your House?

It’s a question our technicians receive a lot; however, it is vital that you know that there are several factors which go into this calculation. We are not just looking at your home’s square footage.

We also are looking into what kind of insulation you have, the amount of individuals who live in your home, the amount of windows and heat-generating appliances through the house, and even the amount of windows and doors. It’s possible to trust that our technicians will find the proper size for your specific needs and home.

There’s Such Thing as Too Much Tonnage

An air conditioner that is too large will go through a process referred to as short-cycling. It’s when the cooling system shuts off and rapidly turns back on. It’ll wear down on the air conditioner’s components, and eventually can cause a premature unit breakdown.

For more information contact the air conditioning system professionals at Classic Air Conditioning, New Braunfels today!

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Karrie Mikle
Karrie Mikle
2022-05-06
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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
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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
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William Bragg
William Bragg
2022-04-08
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Jan Smith
Jan Smith
2022-03-10
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Stephanie Corona
Stephanie Corona
2022-02-23
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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!!!

Classic Services AC & Heating

1893 State Highway 46 South, New Braunfels, TX 78130, United States

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