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What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need?

Selecting the right air conditioner for your home is the key to achieving maximum comfort and energy efficiency. When people speak of size in reference to their air conditioner, they don’t mean the actual physical size of the AC unit; rather, they mean the cooling capacity of the AC. You want to make sure that you select a unit powerful enough to cool your entire home without wasting a ton of energy.

Selecting the wrong size AC can lead to:

  • A home that is never cool enough
  • Astronomical energy bills
  • Frequent AC repairs
  • Premature AC failure
  • Excessive humidity

Continue reading to discover how to determine the right size AC for your home.

Calculating BTUs

The British Thermal Unit (BTU) offers a measurement of an AC’s cooling abilities. You want to be sure to select an air conditioner with the right number of BTUs to ensure your home is adequately cooled. Experts recommend around 25 BTUs per square foot of the living space. To determine the BTUs, multiply your square footage by 25 BTUs. For example, a 300 sq. ft. area would need approximately 7,500 BTUs (300 sq. ft. x 25 BTUs = 7,500 BTUs).

Once you have calculated the number of BTUs your AC needs, you can start shopping around for a unit; however, there are a number of other factors that you should take into consideration to maximize your comfort, efficiency, and savings.

Additional Factors to Consider

Many other factors come into play when determining the correct size AC for a home. These include your region, the square footage of your home, how much direct sun exposure your home gets, how many people live in your home, the number of heat-generating appliances you have, the number of floors in your home, the climate, your existing ductwork, and more.

Only a team of professionals is skilled enough to take all of these factors into consideration and use them to select the perfect AC.

Parks Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Is Here to Help

Want to make sure your home is comfortable as can be? Parks Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is here to make the process much simpler. Our highly trained and fully qualified technicians measure and assess your home and work closely with you to understand your comfort and budgetary needs before selecting the perfect system for your family. As a leader in the HVAC industry, we have access to the highest performing, most energy-efficient equipment on the market, and provide perfect installations every time.

Our AC services include:

When you want the job done right, turn to Parks Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. We always go above and beyond to deliver the top-quality service you deserve.

Call (980) 357-5427 or contact us online to schedule an AC consultation. We look forward to serving you!

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