Probably the usual thought in the HVAC industry by technicians is that the units need to be made bigger for comfort. Perhaps this comes from the idea of coming home from work, and needing a set back thermostat to do its magic, and get the home comfortable fast, before dinner.
What happens when we add too many Btuh to a space too fast? The air gets heated or cooled fast, and then the thermostat detects the rapid change in the air temperature and shuts off the system. After all it made the grade and the air is a good temperature. So all is well. Correct?
What is missed is this: The "average radiant temperature" of the house and furniture has not been changed correspondingly with the rapid change in air temperature. The radiant temperature of the house and furniture has a lot more to do with the perception of comfort than does the air temperature.
If you remember "radiant heat - or cool" can travel instantly through space and air with little to no resistance. So even if the air is warm, the furniture will beam you with uncomfortable temperatures.
So with the big HVAC system, the air will rapidly warm to the thermostat set point, yes it is true. The house and furniture will then start to change temperature with the new air temperature changes, and then the HVAC system will start to cycle on and off - contributing to swings in temperature. Also the turning on and off of the system will be noticed, and distracting.
Smaller HVAC is always better. Less Btuh per hour, and just enough, and maybe a little more, to overcome the losses in the shell, will provide maximum comfort. The house radiant temperature would be maintained at the set point of the thermostat. Because the system runs more constantly, the house radiant temperature is held at a steady state. Hot and cold rooms tend to vanish. Smaller systems are quiet and almost not perceptible when they are running. The consistency in internal thermal mass will help save energy, as will the cycling losses of the equipment.
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