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How To Pick The Right Size AC Unit

August 21, 2023 | Blog

Picking the right AC unit can be difficult at times. After all, if you don’t take the needs of your home into consideration, you may find yourself with an AC that is way too big or way too small.

You may think we are talking about physical size, but that’s only part of it! The size of your AC unit also refers to the cooling capacity it has.

With Trahan’s Heating & Cooling, you won’t need to worry about calculating this by yourself. We’re here to help you determine the right size system for your cooling needs! Here are a few things to know about getting the right AC unit:

Consider The Cooling Load

The cooling load refers to the amount of heat that must be removed from a room or home to keep it at a good temperature. If you are only cooling one room, it’s relatively simple to calculate the capacity on your own.

For example, if you’re only trying to cool a sunroom, all you would need is a measuring tape. You will first need to get the square footage of the room. For this, multiply the length times the width. After you get the square footage, multiply the results by 20. This should give you the BTU (British Thermal Unit) of the cooling load.

If you want to calculate the necessary cooling load for your entire home, it is better to have a professional do these calculations. That’s because an expert can make sure all important factors are being taken into consideration.

Keep Cooling Capacity In mind.

Cooling capacity is the amount of heat your AC unit can remove from your home. It is quite easy to get this confused with the cooling load.

The difference is that this is how well your air conditioner can work after a professional AC install. Many homeowners find themselves calling in to get an AC replacement since their current one doesn’t seem to be working well. The cause of this could be that the AC is too small.

Don’t let this happen to you! If your unit is too small, it will have to work overtime. This can also make your electricity bill skyrocket. Additionally, if the AC is too big, it can cause it to turn on and off many times throughout the day. This can also cause an increase in your utility bill.

Instead, make sure you have a properly sized air conditioner from the get-go, and call on the experts at Trahan’s for help!

Check Review Ratings.

Nowadays, everything is at the tip of your fingers. All you need to do is go online and search for any question you have. Curious how well an AC system works? Turn to reviews to see what people have to say!

You can check any reviews for the systems you’re considering so that you can see what other homeowners have to say about their experience with them. This will provide valuable insight on whether or not they stand the test of time and act as an efficient AC system for your home.

When You Need Help Calculating AC Size, Turn To Trahan’s

With Trahan’s, the most professional Louisiana AC installation company is closer than you think. With over 25 service areas, we proudly help our community meet their cooling needs.

Our team is always happy to help, and we have your back when it comes to finding the best AC unit fit for your home! Visit our website for more information, or contact our team.

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