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Why Are Air Conditioning Power Levels Important?

Spring is the time for new air conditioning installation, as old systems wear out and homeowners look to replace them before the start of summer. The tactic makes a lot of sense, since it allows you to take advantage of improved performance and efficiency the moment the temperature starts to spike in the summer months. We tend to see a lot of air conditioning replacement calls this time of year, and can help you select a new unit to fit your home’s needs.

While choosing your new system, you need to pay particular attention to the power levels of your new air conditioner, which need to be carefully balanced to fit the needs of your home. Why are air conditioning power levels so important? In simplest terms, because it will save you money and save the system unnecessary wear.

The Goldilocks Rule

You can probably guess that an underpowered air conditioner is no good for your home. It will run all day without adequately cooling the space, diving up your monthly costs without actually doing its job. It may surprise you to learn, however, that overpowered systems have similar problems. Air conditioners use much more energy starting up and shutting down than they do simply running, which is why you want yours to run for at least 15 minutes at a time in order to achieve maximum efficiency.

When it doesn’t, it engages in something called short-cycling: cooling the house too quickly and shutting down, only to turn on again shortly thereafter as the heat warms the house. Before installation, your technician should analyze your house thoroughly and determine the properly balanced power levels. Your new system should obey what we like to call the Goldilocks Rule: neither too large nor too small, but just right.

If you’re installing a new air conditioner in the Helotes, TX area, call the pros at D’Spain Sales & Service, Inc. for quality service!

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