Choosing a new air conditioner is a big step for a homeowner. The decisions you make can affect your home’s energy use, comfort and safety. We’ve put together some tips to help you select the correct unit for your home. When in doubt, contact the team of air conditioning experts at AAJ Cooling, Inc..
Find the Right Size Air Conditioner
A common misconception when purchasing a replacement air conditioner is that the bigger the unit, the better the cooling capacity. But when it comes to keeping your home comfortable, the size of the air conditioner is only as good as the size of the living space. Purchasing a system that has been incorrectly sized can be detrimental to your home’s energy consumption. There’s a good chance you’ll pay more per month on local utilities, and be stuck with a hot, uncomfortable indoor environment.
An air conditioners capacity to remove heat from a space is measured in BTUs or British Thermal Units. When an air conditioner is too large – or has more BTUs than is needed – the system will shut off before adequately lowering the room’s temperature. This results in frequent cycling, excessive energy waste, and a higher risk for repairs and break downs.
Similarly, when an AC unit doesn’t have enough BTUs, it will run longer, but does not have the capacity to cool the entire space. This again results in higher strain on the unit with more energy consumption.
How to Calculate BTUs
For every square foot, a good air conditioner will use 20 BTUs. To determine how many BTUs you will need to cool your living space, multiply the square footage of your room or home by 20. For example, if want to cool 1,200 square feet, you would look to purchase an air conditioner with about 24,000 BTUs.
BTUs are just one factor to consider, however. Take the guesswork out of your replacement system, and contact AAJ Cooling, Inc.. We will match you with an air conditioner that fits!
Schedule Regular Service with Your Local AC Company
A replacement system needs regular maintenance to ensure top efficiency and performance. Call AAJ Cooling, Inc. for AC service in Phoenix, AZ. Our technicians perform an extensive check of your air conditioner that includes troubleshooting, adjustment and cleaning of all major parts.
Reduce Energy Waste with These Simple Steps
Looking for more ways to reduce your home’s energy use?
- Set your thermostat to 78 degrees.
- Use other major appliances less often or late in the day – ideally when your air conditioner is switched off.
- Purchase awnings, blinds, or shades for doors and windows in direct sunlight.
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more helpful tips, or call AAJ Cooling, Inc. for air conditioning repair, service and installation in Phoenix.