It cannot be emphasized enough how important it is to have an air conditioner that is the right size for your home.
Many homeowners believe that buying a large air conditioner will mean better cooling and comfort. However, nothing could be further from reality. An air conditioning system that has a larger capacity than what you require will not only flare up your energy bills unnecessarily, but it will also lead to poor cooling and humidity control. On the other side, buying an air conditioner that is smaller than what your home requires would obviously not cool the home properly. So, it is important that you learn about your cooling needs, and then buy an air conditioner that will meet your needs in the most efficient manner.
The Cooling Capacity of the Air Conditioner
Before you venture out to find an air conditioner for your home, you should first understand that the size of an air conditioner does not refer to its physical dimensions. It means the cooling capacity of the air conditioner, or in other words, the capacity of the air conditioner to pull out or remove warm air from the house. This capacity is measured in BTU, which stands for British Thermal Units. The higher the BTU, the larger the air conditioning system and the costlier it will be.
Factors Determining the Correct BTU
So, the whole problem boils down to finding the right air conditioning capacity in terms of BTUs per hour for your home. It would not only depend on the size of your home, but also on other factors such as insulation level, window size, moisture levels, and some other factors.
Energy Star Standards
According to standards provided by Energy star, a home that is 2,000-2,500 square feet in size would require an air conditioner with a capacity of 34,000 BTUs per hour. A smaller home can be easily cooled with a smaller unit of 24,000 BTUs per hour capacity. However, this would give you only an estimate, and not an exact measure, as the ideal air conditioner size depends on other factors as well.
To buy an air conditioner that is perfect for the cooling needs of your home, you should get in touch with Air Excellence Heating and Cooling at (636) 980-0998. We have access to advanced tools that help in room-size load calculation. We take into account all factors such as room size, insulation, window area, sunlight, and quality of ductwork for load calculation. This ensures that the air conditioner you buy cools your home adequately without sending your energy bills over the top.
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