What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need?

By April 25, 2014Air Conditioning, HVAC

There are many different sized air conditioners out there for cooling different sized spaces, and choosing the one that fits your home will make a big difference on your energy bill. When looking at air conditioners, homeowners must consider not only space, but other factors like climate, insulation, shading, and more.

Why does size matter? An air conditioner that is too small for your home will run constantly during hot weather just to keep up, sucking up an enormous amount of electricity and causing the unit to wear out faster. Your home will not be as comfortable either as it may never get cool enough and the constant sound of the air conditioner and blower could get annoying fast.

If you’re thinking that going as big as possible is the solution, be careful. Having an air conditioner that is too big for your home can cause its own problems. Bigger units require more energy to operate, even if it will run for shorter amounts of time, so you may end up breaking even on your energy bill.

Plus, if the unit only runs in infrequent spurts, the air conditioner will not be able to complete its full cooling cycle. Besides cooling a space, an air conditioner also removes humidity from the air. If a space is cooled but remains humid, the air will feel clammy—that won’t be too comfortable after coming inside from a sticky summer day.

There are many tools out there to help you find out which size air conditioner is best for you, but those will only get you a ballpark estimate. To see what is best for your unique home, call one of BR McGinty’s air conditioning technicians. We will take every factor into consideration when deciding what kind and size of air conditioner is best for you.

Schedule an appointment with a BR McGinty technician in central Arkansas today by calling 501-847-6800 or by filling out our simple online form.