Energy Efficiency: Is Bigger Better in Katy, TX?

Bigger Isn’t Always Better When It Comes To Your Air Conditioner

This summer, we’ll be heading out to the deck to grill or swim. Our kids will constantly be running in and out of the house. The trick is to effectively stay cool while saving energy — even during a busy summer — and you don’t need an overly large unit to achieve this goal.

Our goal is to find the right sized unit for your lifestyle and usage. One-size-fits-all is a fallacy, and it takes a professional HVAC service to determine the best products for your home. Aggie Aire specializes in all your air conditioning needs, whether that be repairs or installation of a new energy efficient unit.

The Small Business Administration has a good blog on HVAC system, and specifically says:

  • NEVER OVERSIZE! Avoid over sizing equipment at all costs. Over sizing equipment increases the capital cost at the time of the installation and the costs of operation of the equipment. Request that your HVAC professional conduct an Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s (ACCA) Manual N Commercial Load Calculation to ensure proper sizing.
  • When selecting a new cooling system, have your HVAC professional provide you a quote and specifications for a standard-efficiency and high-efficiency unit including lifecycle costs. If the lifecycle cost is less on the high-efficiency unit, purchase it.
  • When purchasing heating and cooling units, select those units that are ENERGY STAR qualified.

 Tips from Energy.Gov

We feel the following advice from Energy.Gov is also commendable and can help you make the most of your air conditioning options:

Buying a bigger room air conditioner won’t necessarily make you feel more comfortable during the hot summer months. In fact, a room 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. Central air-conditioning systems need to be sized by professionals.

If you have a central air system in your home, set the fan to shut off at the same time as the compressor, which is usually done by setting the “auto” mode on the fan setting. In other words, don’t use the system’s central fan to provide air circulation — use circulating fans in individual rooms.

More Resources

To learn more about maintaining your heating and cooling system, visit ENERGY STAR’s Heating and Cooling Maintenance Checklist.

Also consider the benefits of duct cleaning. Regular duct cleaning and maintenance services are an essential part of any home or business maintenance plan. There are a number of signs that can tip you off to consider professional air duct cleaning services. This includes:

  • Visible mold inside hard surfaces in duct work
  • Ducts are infested with rodents or insects
  • Excessive amounts of dust or particles can be seen within the duct work
  • Insulation has leaked into the duct work

Call us today!

We are just a phone call away and look forward to servicing all your HVAC needs. Call 281-391-2665 and experience the Aggie Aire difference.