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How To Pick The Right Size AC Unit

July 24, 2023 | Blog

An air conditioner that is too small can cause you to still sweat inside your home this summer. On the flip side, having a unit that is too large can also cause you to feel sweaty and sticky. Another inconvenience to having an improperly-sized AC unit is the hefty cost.

At Channell Heating & Cooling, we want your AC replacement to save you your sweat, sanity and salary! Keep reading to learn about your air conditioning system and how to pick the right size unit.

Why Choosing The Right Size AC Is Important

The right size AC is an efficient AC! Having a unit that is too small or too large will defeat the purpose of having the system. The cooling capacity will be insufficient, and the costs will accumulate over time.

A system that is too small will constantly run, racking up costs while leaving you with poor and uneven cooling capacity. One that is too large will continuously cycle on and off, which will also raise your utility bills. This process will inflict quicker wear and tear on the unit and cause insufficient cooling capacity that leaves humidity in the air.

How To Calculate An Efficient AC Size

Our professionals calculate the cooling load in BTU (British Thermal Units). A technician will calculate the room’s dimensions or area where the air conditioner will cool. Afterward, they’ll multiply the total dimensions by 25 BTU. To discover the tonnage you need, the resulting number should be divided by 12, which represents one ton of cooling capacity.

You may be wondering if you can be flexible about the amount of BTU. It’s best to purchase a cooling system with the correct amount of BTU your space needs. You will only be costing yourself more money for less quality cooling if you purchase a system with more or less than you require.

What To Consider During An AC Replacement

When it comes to an air conditioner replacement, there is no one-size-fits-all! Other factors will be considered when determining the right size AC for your house. A few components to evaluate are:

  • Geographic climate: Homes in hotter climates need air conditioners with more BTUs.
  • Quality of ductwork and insulation: Poor quality ductwork means air can easily escape. Homes with poor-quality ductwork and insulation need a powerful unit to provide adequate cooling.
  • Quality of windows and exterior doors: Larger windows allow more heat to enter, which will affect your cooling needs.
  • Number of people living in the home: The human body exerts heat. The more people in your home means more heat will be exerted.
  • Amount of sun exposure: Homes and rooms with significant sun exposure will require additional cooling capacity to counteract the heat gain.

If you find yourself stressed over these considerations, Channell Heating & Cooling is here to help! A professional technician will assist you as you weigh your options during the installation process.

Determining The Best Type Of AC For Your Home

There are three primary types of cooling systems found in homes. Depending on your preferences, a technician can help you decide which one to install in your residence.

These cooling system options are:

  • Split-system: An outdoor and indoor unit work together to regulate the temperature and humidity inside your home.
  • Ductless/mini-split: One outdoor unit connects to one or more indoor units designed to cool each room, allowing for each room to have a different desired temperature.
  • Packaged air: One outdoor unit uses the house’s ductwork to cool inside the home.

There’s a luxury in options, especially when those options regard your air conditioning unit. An HVAC professional can perform reliable installation services when the time comes for a replacement.

Reliable Hazlehurst AC Installation

If you are looking for a new air conditioner installation, we have you covered at Channell Heating & Cooling. We have over 40 years of experience, prioritize our customers’ comfort and treat their homes with utmost care. Contact us today for your next professional AC install!

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