What Size Central Air Conditioner Do I Need ?

By Ashley Morse

As the winter months start to wind down, people are shifting their focus away from their heating systems and more to their air conditioning units. For people looking to invest in an energy efficient system, they might be wondering what size air conditioner unit they need.

Moving to an eco-friendly AC unit can save the environment. After all, air conditioning systems release 100 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year. When people are searching for an AC unit, of the most important facets is the size.

Why Does the Size of the AC Unit Matter?

Most people want to know why size matters at all. After all, as long as the AC unit does the job, it should be fine, right? In fact, the size of the AC unit is very important for the building.

For example, if the AC unit is too small, the unit could be operating at maximum capacity and still not properly cool the home. On the other hand, if the AC unit is too large, the AC unit will cycle between the on and the off setting continuously.

Both of these issues will drive up energy costs, utility bills, and quickly burn out the operating system of the air conditioning unit. People could wind up replacing their AC unit prematurely.

Determining the Proper Size AC Unit

There are a number of factors that people everywhere should consider when deciding what AC unit is right for the home.

These include:

The Size of the Home: This is one of the most important factors because most contractors are going to want to know the square footage of the home before moving forward. The larger the home, the larger the AC unit required.

The Contractor:The contractor responsible for the AC unit is also going to matter because different contractors use different types of AC units. A larger size doesn't always equal a more powerful unit.

The Budget: Everyone has a budget for their AC unit and that budget is going to play a role in the type of AC unit that is ultimately chosen.

The Benefits of Energy Efficient Air Conditioning

There are a number of reasons that should encourage everyone to invest in an energy efficient AC unit.

These include:

The Utility Costs: With an energy efficient AC unit, the AC unit produces more power with less energy. This leads to a properly cooled home without a large energy bill.

The Environmental Benefit: An energy efficient AC unit also consumes fewer resources, leading to a strong environmental benefit.

The Longevity:Because an energy efficient AC unit consumes less energy, the units also last longer.

The SEER Rating

Some homeowners may have heard about the SEER ratio. The SEER rating stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and determines the amount of cooling power per the unit of electrical energy consumed. A higher SEER rating means the air conditioner is more energy efficient, saving users money in the long run.

Ultimately, size does matter when choosing an air conditioner. Fortunately, most units provide substantial information on their performance needs. A professional AC installation company will know exactly what a home requires as well. As such, homeowners can be assured of getting their cooling needs met.

Ashley Morse of The Cooling Company is focused on improving internal operations at the company by delivering friendly, effective, timely service as well as ensuring the satisfaction of every person she comes in contact with.

This blog post was developed by The Cooling Company. All posts, sponsored and un-sponsored have been reviewed and approved by the Sustainable Community Media Editorial Team to ensure quality, relevance/usefulness and objectivity.


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