THE SIZE OF YOUR AIR CONDITIONER IS IMPORTANT
Wondering what size of air conditioner you need for your home? It may sound like an easy purchase but with the many types, sizes and brands out there for you to choose from, it’s essential to know how to choose the right aircon for a room.
Buying an air conditioner of the right size will make all the difference! To break it down, an aircon that’s too big will definitely cool your room quickly but may cause electricity wastage and high humidity.
Air conditioners that are too small, on the other hand, may take a long time to cool the room, and in the end, cost you more as well.
Not to worry, we have just the guide for you to identify what size of air conditioner you need for your room.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE OF AN AIR CONDITIONER FOR YOUR ROOM?
1. CALCULATE THE SQUARE FOOTAGE OF YOUR ROOM
First and foremost, you’ll need to identify the size of the room your air conditioner will be in. This will give you an idea of how much space you have for your air conditioner. Use a measuring tape to measure the length and width of your room.
If your room is not square or rectangular, you can try dividing the room into sections composed of squares and triangles and take those measurements.
Next, calculate the area by multiplying the length by the width of the room, and sum up the areas of the sections.
It will also help to measure the room’s height to make sure the wall where the air conditioner will be mounted has sufficient space for it.
2. DETERMINE THE COOLING CAPACITY NEEDED
This is usually the tricky part when it comes to choosing the right aircon for a room and calculating the air conditioner size.
Cooling capacity for air conditioners is measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs) per hour. A BTU measures the amount of heat an air conditioner unit can remove from the room. Basically, it tells you how powerful an air conditioner your room needs to cool down temperatures.
Cross-reference your area to the capacity needed according to the guidelines below for BTUs per square footage:
Source: ENERGY STAR
3. OTHER FACTORS THAT MAY AFFECT THE COOLING CAPACITY
Keep in mind of other factors that may contribute to a higher BTU. If your room is shaded and does not get a lot of sunlight, decrease the BTUs by 10%. Alternatively, if your room has plenty of natural sunlight, add 10% of BTUs.
Add 600 BTUs per person, if you live with more than 2 other people. The more people are in the room, the higher BTUs are required to reduce the temperature. If you’re thinking of installing an air conditioning unit in the kitchen, go ahead and add 4,000 BTUs as cooking produces heat and increases excess humidity.
All done calculating the air conditioner size for your room? Contact us for more information on how to choose the best quality air conditioner with the required number of BTUs for your room. As it is important to service your air conditioner every 6 months to ensure optimal performance, check out the Air Conditioner Cleaning Service by WonderKlean. You canchoose our affordable rental plan for the CUCKOO VITA-S Inverter Air Conditioner that also includes a cleaning service.