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What Size HVAC Unit Do You Need?

If your home doesn't have central air conditioning, then you're probably used to trying to fall asleep when your home isn't nearly as cool as it should be. The truth is, your home should be a comfortable place where you can escape extreme outside temperatures! If you're tired of dealing with the heat, it is time to upgrade to an HVAC system.

So how do you choose what size HVAC system to purchase for your home? How do you install and care for it? Read on to learn everything you need to know!

What Size HVAC Unit Should I Buy for My Home?

You don't need to spend a ton of money or rack up electricity bills with a larger-than-necessary unit. You want to find an HVAC unit that puts out enough air conditioning to meet the demands of your home. Buying a unit that is too large can cause the unit to break down sooner than an appropriately sized unit, and buying a unit that's too small won't keep your home cool.

The key to knowing what size HVAC unit to purchase for your home is to know just how big your house is, specifically, how many square feet are in your home. Heat in your home is referred to as British thermal units (BTUs), and a 1600 square foot home will have approximately 48,000 BTUs that need to be removed per hour to stay cool. One ton of AC will remove 12,000 BTUs of heat, so you will need an air conditioning unit that puts out four tons of air conditioning per hour.

If you have an 800 square foot condo, then you will need an air conditioning unit that puts out two tons of air conditioning per hour and can remove 24,000 BTUs an hour. In short, one ton of air conditioning will remove 12,000 BTUs an hour, and every 400 square feet of your home contains 12,000 BTUs. 

How Do I Care for It?

Central air conditioning systems are safer and cleaner than window units, but there are still steps you need to take to make sure that your HVAC system stays in good shape.

Keep an ear out for unusual thumps and rattles coming from your HVAC system, because they can be a sign of a problem. Call someone out if you hear those noises or if performance issues crop up. In addition, you'll want to make sure to keep your vents cleaned and change your air filters regularly!

Also, don't forget to cover your investment! Your standard homeowner's insurance policy does not cover repairs or replacements to a home's HVAC system. Installing a new system is a considerable expense, so be sure to obtain an HVAC protection plan to keep it running all year long.

Ready to Cool Off?

Trying to find out what size HVAC unit you need for your home is just the first step in transforming your home from a summer sauna to a cool oasis. Make sure to find a good contractor to install the HVAC unit, and you'll never want to leave the house by the time summer rolls around!

Want to protect your new airconditioning system and your home, too? You're in the right place. Get a custom quote for an HVAC protection plan today!

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