Get it Right: Room Size Matters When Choosing an AC Unit

Posted on Sep 20 2015 - 12:00am by Lilies and Daisies

air conditionerGetting an air conditioning unit for your home will help keep the indoor temperature manageable once the sun starts to heat things up. Whether you invest in a window, wall, or portable unit, the AC unit will help keep your home comfortable.

There are factors, though, that you should consider when purchasing a unit, one of which is the AC size in relation to the room or area size.

Choosing a Room/Area-Size-Appropriate Air Conditioner

Proper AC and room/area sizing is critical to make sure you get the most out of your choice of a cooling unit. You need to get one with enough capacity to efficiently cool the room it will be installed in.

The Consequences of Choosing an Incorrectly-Sized AC

Installing a too-small AC will result in inefficient cooling, while a too-large unit will go on an on-and-off cycle, leading to waste of energy. Additionally, an AC unit installed in a room too small for it will also have a hard time dehumidifying the air, making the occupants feel clammy and uncomfortable.

Making the Correct Size Calculations

The BTU (British thermal unit) rating is a number indicating the effectiveness of an air conditioner. It also tells you how quickly the unit can cool the room/area it will be installed in. Most ACs are rated between 5,000 and 20,000 BTUs, with some even getting higher ratings.

Getting an air conditioner featuring the right BTU, while also considering other factors, such as room insulation, ceiling height, room location, and sun exposure will make your home more comfortable. You’ll also get the most out of your investment.

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A reliable company specializing in heating and air conditioning installation services can help you get the AC-to-room sizing calculations correctly. They will also make sure the unit is installed properly.