heating and AC, plumbing & electric


Is your air conditioner struggling to cool your home? According to Energy Star – a U.S Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program, most modern HVAC systems or air conditioners are built to last an average of 15 years, completely dependent on make & model, as well as your climate, how often you run the system, and how often your air conditioner is maintained.

Your air conditioner is something most of us take for granted, and never really give any consideration to until it breaks down & leaves us vulnerable to the elements. When this happens, you’ll rush to find an HVAC company to come to your home, and hope they provide a quick & easy fix. However, sometimes these “quick & easy fixes” can’t actually be completed easily, quickly, or even cheaply.

When this happens, you have a pretty big decision to make: repair or replace your existing air conditioner system? How can you know what the best decision is for you, your home, & your wallet?


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June 7, 2011

Buffet-Style Air Conditioning? Why Size Matters and Bigger Is Not Always Better

When upgrading or installing a new A/C system, you need to make sure the size you select is suited for your home. A unit that is too large will invite a whole mess of problems.

Many people try to guess what size air conditioner they need. They typically err on the size of too large, thinking that it’s better to go too big than too small. Unfortunately, large units are not only more expensive to install, they will also decrease your energy efficiency. This leads to long-term increases in your energy bills.

While it is true that a large air conditioning unit can cool an area very quickly, this is not exactly desired. An air conditioner will shut off when the set temperature has been reached, but it needs to stay running for an appropriate amount of time to properly dehumidify the air. If it shuts off too soon, the air in your home will feel clammy and moist.

Oversized units also break down more quickly. This, combined with higher energy bills and installation costs, all lead to you spending way too much money on an inefficient system that doesn’t even maximize comfort.
The way to avoid this is to have a load calculation performed by an HVAC professional to determine how much power each room needs to be properly cooled. Merely checking the size of your previous model will not suffice because of the advancements made in air conditioners. A professional load calculation will make sure you get the exact right size.

Paschal, Heat, Air, & Geothermal has been servicing northwest Arkansas for more than 40 years and will be glad to help you with any of your air conditioning needs. Contact us today to learn more about what air systems will work best for you and save you the most money.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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