What Size Air Conditioner Should You Buy?

What Size Air Conditioner Should You Buy?

“I know I need air conditioning for my home, but what size of a unit should I get?”

How Air Conditioner Sizes Are Determined

An AC unit’s cooling capacity is measured in the amount of BTUs (British Thermal Units) of heat it can remove in an hour. A one-tonne unit can remove 12k BTUs in an hour. Most home air conditioners start with a capacity of around 1.5 tonnes and go up in half-tonne intervals. Estimating roughly one tonne per 750-1000 square feet means a 2,000 square foot home may need a 2.0-2.5 tonne unit. There are other factors in the home’s construction to consider, but this is a good starting place for determining the appropriate size of unit.

Before You Begin Shopping For An Air Conditioner

Have the experts at Gas Plus perform an inspection of your home. They’ll look for things such as the number of windows, insulation, amount of shade your home gets, ceiling height, and climate trends where you live. All of these factors are taken into consideration along with knowing your home’s square footage.

If you currently have an AC unit, here are some things to ask yourself:

  • Is it functioning properly?
  • Have you made, or will you soon be making, repairs on the unit?
  • Does your unit turn off even if the desired temperature setting is not reached yet?

Your answers to these questions will help us at Gas Plus to determine the best unit choice for you, and if a protection plan is a good choice.

Size Matters

You may think installing a large AC unit is always best, but that’s not always the case. Air Conditioners that are too large cool smaller homes rapidly. This actually forces the unit to be in a pattern of always turning on and off, which leads to lower efficiency and higher costs. It may even lead to needing more repairs, as the wear-and-tear goes on.

If you have a unit installed that’s too small for your home, it will have to work around the clock to cool your home and still may never reach the desired temperature setting. This increases your energy costs as it is incredibly ineffective.

Selecting an Air Conditioner unit in your home doesn’t have to be a confusing or complicated process. Contact the experts at Gas Plus to ensure you are receiving the best advice, product and service available. Helping to make clients comfortable is what Gas Plus promises. There’s More Plus at Gas Plus!