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Mar 25 2015

Is a Heating and Air Conditioning System with More Capacity Better?

Here’s how the size of your heating and air conditioning system should be determined.

If you are considering having your heating and air conditioning systems replaced, you might be tempted to have bigger equipment installed. After all, the bigger capacity it has, the quicker it will heat and cool your home, right? Not so fast. Here is expert advice from the pros about replacing your heating and air conditioning systems replaced.

First of all, bigger is not always better. It’s important to have your HVAC technician carefully calculate the ideal size for your new HVAC equipment. There is a specific formula that will tell you exactly how much capacity you need for your heating and air conditioning equipment. Installing equipment that is oversized for your house will cause the system to start and stop continuously. The constant cycling of the system is incredibly inefficient and will actually cost you more on your utility bills.

The other thing to keep in mind is that the new heating and air conditioning equipment on the market today is far more energy efficient than your old system. Just about all of the HVAC equipment out there now is Energy Star rated, which designates that these furnaces and air conditioners meet strict energy efficiency requirements. Installing an Energy Star rated heating and air conditioning system that’s the right size for your home is going to produce immediate savings on your utility bills, not to mention deliver better comfort levels in your home.

In short, the answer is no, a heating and air conditioning system with more capacity is not always better. Ask your HVAC technician to share his or her calculations with you when determining what size and brand of system to install at your home. Your family and your pocketbook will thank you. Learn more about heating and air conditioning system installations for your Columbia, SC-area home.

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