To meet your cooling needs, a new air conditioner must be the right size. In order to efficiently cool your house, what size AC unit should you choose?
To calculate air conditioner size, follow these steps:
The first step in determining an air conditioner’s size is to understand how it’s calculated. British Thermal Units (BTUs) are used to measure AC units’ cooling capacity in tons. For example, an air conditioning unit that removes 1,200 BTUs can remove 2,400 BTUs, and so on. Most home air conditioners start around 1.5 tons and increase by half a ton.
What You Need to Know About Air Conditioners
You can estimate the size of your air conditioning unit based on the square footage, but several other factors must be considered. You should hire an Energy Management Consultant to evaluate your home’s system to ensure it is of high quality.
An assessment of your home is conducted by the consultant, who determines a number of factors, including its size, age, ceiling height, amount of windows, shade and insulation. Based on your cooling needs and budget, your consultant will give you an estimate and explain how each unit can cool your home once the assessment is complete.
You can help the consultant by listing the issues you are currently facing with your air conditioner. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- What is the problem with your current cooling unit?
- How often does your system need to be repaired?
- When was the last time your filter was replaced?
A consultant can determine if an air conditioner protection plan will benefit you by assessing any problems with your unit.
Benefits Of Having The Perfect Size Air Conditioner
Your comfort and energy bills are significantly affected by the size of your air conditioning unit. Oversized air conditioners will cool your space too quickly. Air conditioners that are constantly turned off and on will have lower efficiency, higher repair costs, and more frequent breakdowns.
You may not achieve the desired temperature in your home if you choose a unit that is too small for your home, increasing your summer costs.
It can be challenging to choose the right size unit for your home when it comes to installing an air conditioner, and the wrong size can cost you a lot of money in energy bills. The process should be left to HVAC professionals.