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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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December 3, 2015

How Downgrading To A Smaller HVAC Unit Will Save You Money


Maximum efficiency in your HVAC system can solve a lot of problems. While many people think that simply purchasing the largest and most powerful system they can is a good idea, often this turns out to be a mistake. When you have an issue with your system, checkups are mandatory. Beyond that, sometimes the best solution is to actually downgrade to a smaller unit.

Power Usage and Saving Money

Saving money on your system is a relatively easy task. There are many ways you can save on keeping your home warm, such as installing more insulation in your attic or better ventilating it. Beyond these, you can often save a fairly large amount of money simply by turning down the thermostat a handful of degrees. You can even save money by using a smaller HVAC unit, particularly if your current unit is aging poorly and showing its age with inefficiency.

Checking Your System Regularly

There are many issues that can be causing problems with your system, and checking them on a regular basis is key to heading off larger problems. This check should not just be about the system itself. You should have your technician check for any leaks in the ducts, as well as a disconnection where the duct leads into the registers. Beyond this, any loose electrical connections should be carefully checked for and repaired. In addition to making your cooling system perform more efficiently, this can also reduce the incidence of accidental fire versus random sparks igniting whatever may be nearby.

Downgrading to a Smaller System

An HVAC system does not need to be particularly large to be effective. In fact, many of the smaller systems on the market actually save you money due to working more frequently than a larger unit would. When you use a larger heating and cooling unit, frequent activation and deactivation cycles use more power than continuous operation would. Further, larger units tend to use more power simply due to their size. Often, you can squeeze a considerable amount of extra efficiency from smaller cooling systems because of its more frequent operation.

Keeping your home warm during the coldest of the winter months comes down to hiring professionals during the installation and for maintenance throughout your HVAC system’s life cycle. Trusting Paschal Heating & Air Conditioning is a solid step toward keeping your HVAC system working at its best for many years to come.