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"Is My Air Conditioner Too Small?"

Buying a bigger air conditioner won't necessarily make you feel more comfortable during the hot summer months. In fact, an air conditioner that's too big for the area it is supposed to cool will perform less efficiently and less effectively than a smaller, properly sized unit. The reason: an oversized unit will cool the room(s) to the thermostat set-point before proper dehumidification occurs, making the area feel “clammy” and uncomfortable. Air Conditioning systems need to be sized by professionals. Unfortunately, many homes have systems that are too big or too small for them! Two-Stage air conditioning systems can allow you to increase your size for peak demands , without giving up dehumidification!

Set your thermostat at as high a temperature as comfortably possible in the summer, and ensure humidity control if needed. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be. Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and, therefore, unnecessary expense. Consider using an interior fan along with your window air conditioner to spread the cooled air through your home without greatly increasing your power use. Avoid placing appliances that give off heat such as lamps or TVs near a thermostat.

Long-Term Savings Tips

If your air conditioner is old, consider buying an energy-efficient model. Look for the ENERGY STAR® and EnergyGuide labels -- qualified room air conditioners are 10% more efficient, and qualified central units are about 14% more efficient than standard models. Consider installing a two-stage or multi-stage air conditioner from AC Express!

If you're in need of repairs or maintenance for your home air conditioning and heating system, call AC Express right away! Our certified technicians can respond same-day. Call now! 512-745-6516


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