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What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need?

What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need

So, your air conditioner finally died and it’s time to replace it. You now have the opportunity to reassess the needs of your household. When you ask yourself the question “What size air conditioner do I need?” there are several factors to take into account. The following guide will help you make an informed decision when you consult with an air conditioning installation professional. If you live in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware the HVAC experts at Oliver Heating & Cooling can help answer any questions you may have so you can select the best air conditioning unit for your home.

Cool Your Home Effectively and Efficiently

If you want to properly cool your home in the hot summer months and not have extremely high energy bills, the right size air conditioner matters. If you have too small of an air conditioning system, your home will struggle to stay comfortable because the system just can’t keep up with demand. When your air conditioner is constantly running your energy bills will skyrocket.

Your air conditioner size doesn’t exactly mean its literal size, but more the tonnage, or cooling capacity it has. An appropriately sized unit will meet your cooling needs and ensure the temperature remains consistent throughout your home.

How to Determine the Size of Your Air Conditioner

The HVAC experts at Oliver use a formula to determine the size of air conditioner you need. This formula takes into account the square footage of your home that needs to be cooled and multiplies it by the base BTU (British Thermal Unit) that it takes to cool one square foot based on standard 8-foot ceilings, which is typically 25 BTU. While this is generally enough to determine the right size air conditioner there are several other factors to consider.

Factors to Consider When Installing a New Air Conditioner

  • Size and square footage of your home
  • How many people live in your home
  • Size, age, and quality of your ductwork
  • Is your home in shade or direct sunlight
  • Is your home properly insulated
  • Number of windows and their size
  • How many devices and appliances are generating heat

Choose Oliver For Your Air Conditioner Installation Service

Installing a new air conditioner is definitely something that should only be done by a professional. The HVAC technicians at Oliver are well-trained, licensed, and insured to install and repair residential air conditioners in the Delaware Valley, and we’ve been doing it for over 50 years. Contact us today to discuss your options and schedule your new air conditioner installation.

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