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Our Handy AC FAQ

Asking questions is how we learn new things. We base all of this on the idea behind the “Socratic method,” which is basically teaching someone by asking them questions. We love FAQ pages because they’re both a learning and teaching experience for either side. On our end, we get to learn the best ways to share our knowledge and expertise, while also teaching homeowners some best practices when it comes to their comfort. On the other end, customers can trust us and learn about their questions that need to be answered.

All in all, we love it when folks ask us questions!

However, many questions need quick answers. Especially for HVAC problems, you’re likely searching online furiously for the answer before something goes wrong or your home gets too hot. Regardless of your situation, we’ve got your back. Just make sure that if your AC is broken or needs to be retired, you call our team for AC installation in Metairie, LA.

Can a New AC Be Too Big?

Yes! We know that sometimes people say the phrase “bigger is better,” but in the case of an air conditioner, this is simply not the case. We warn homeowners about AC units that are too large all the time for one simple reason.

Air conditioners need to be specifically sized to cool the air in your home. If they’re too large, they will cool the air too quickly and abruptly shut down–leading to a problem known as “short cycling.” If your air conditioner short cycles, it’s going to put tremendous stress on certain components, drain a lot of electricity, and meet an early retirement. Get your AC installed by a professional to avoid this happening.

Is a Heat Pump Better Than an AC?

Not necessarily.

While heat pumps can both heat and cool a home, where a central air conditioner can only cool it, their price difference and functionality are pretty different. Central air conditioners can still run at remarkably high-efficiency levels, and their investment cost is much lower than that of a heat pump.

If you’re looking for a more expensive yet comprehensive solution, then a heat pump might be more of what you’re looking for.

Can I Go Ductless If My Home Has Ductwork?

Absolutely! There’s no rule that says you need to use the ducts you have in your home. Your ducts might be in rough shape and they might be contributing to the leaks of cool air that are causing your energy bills to skyrocket.

Ductless HVAC systems are designed to fit into any home. They’re simple and effective, and they can be right for your home–even with ductwork.

Does an Air Conditioner Double As a Dehumidifier?

While technically an air conditioner does dehumidify the air as a byproduct of the cooling process, it’s not a dehumidifier. In fact, if your air conditioner goes through too much moisture, it could cause serious problems for the system and your comfort.

We recommend investing in both an air conditioner and a dehumidifier for much better comfort and humidity control.

Call Natal’s HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical for comprehensive AC repairs and installations. Service Honoring the Golden Rule!

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