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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!

See What Our Customers Are Saying

We are so glad we found this company!

Kurtis has been very responsive to our AC and heat issues. You don’t have to worry about not getting a call back. He’s consistent with customer service and does very professional work. We are so glad we found this company!

Dina Green

Impeccable Quality and Professionalism…

Had them install our system when building and multiple other contractors commented on the impeccable quality and professionalism of their work and staff. Worked with them on another building project and had equally great service and quality. Used them on a service call and Mitchell was very timely, efficient, and professional. Provided explanation in detail of what had happened and fixed it quickly. VERY impressed with this company and would recommend to ANYONE in need of a system install or repair service.

Rebekah Ashworth

Friendly, Informative, and Efficient

My wife and I are so pleased with your company. Kurtis Hall is great! He is so friendly, informative, and efficient. You should be very proud of him -- we sure are.

David Vaughan

I Knew I Made the Right Choice from the Word Go

Kurtis Hall dealt square and honest every step of the way. His knowledge of our dated system, new product information, project scheduling and communication allowed for a seamless installation at our vacation property without my having to interrupt my work schedule to accommodate the project. And living over 5 hours away that was a huge help to me. I knew I made the right choice from the word go. Excellent job Mr Hall! Will recommend your company to others!

Sam Mckee

Sooooo honest! Saved me $2,200!

Ask for Kurtis! Sooooo honest! Fixed the issue instead of trying to sell what I didn’t need. He was the 3rd estimate for my ac problem. Turned out I don’t have a major problem. I’m so thankful he saved me $2,200! Extremely trustworthy!Kim T from NB

Kim Thompson

Thank You So Much for Recommending the Air Scrubbers

I just wanted to tell you how happy we are with the air scrubbers.  The air is so clean and the dust has really gone away.  I highly recommend them.  Again, thank you so much for recommending the air scrubbers.

Jennefer Reardon

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Classic Services AC & Heating

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

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