Need a New Air Conditioner? Tips to Finding the Right One for Your Home
When most homeowners need a new air conditioner, they tend to go for the biggest A/C they can buy. After all, bigger is better when it comes to cooling a home, right?
Turns out that’s far from true. An oversized air conditioner can actually be bad for home comfort and energy efficiency. An A/C that’s too large will cool your room, but it won’t have enough time to remove excess humidity from the air. The end result is a room that feels damp, clammy and ultimately uncomfortable. If you want to stay cool and comfortable while the heat is on, choosing a properly-sized A/C is absolutely important. The following tips can help you make the right choices whenever you need a new air conditioner:
- Use the square footage of the room that’s being cooled to determine the capacity (in British Thermal Units per hour) needed to cool it. For example, a room that’s 500 square feet in size may need at least 12,000 BTU in cooling capacity.
- Be mindful of where you install the unit. If it’s to be located in a corner, for instance, make sure it can still deliver airflow where needed.
- If you plan on using your unit in a kitchen, add an extra 4,000 BTUs to its cooling capacity to compensate for the extra heat often generated by cooking.
- Add an extra 600 BTUs for every additional person if more than two people are to occupy a room.
- Heavily shaded rooms can use a 10 percent reduction in capacity, while rooms that are exposed to lots of sunlight need an additional 10 percent to stay cool. The next time you need a new air conditioner for your home, contact Sobieski Services.
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