March 14, 2017
Many Denver homeowners ask us, “What size air conditioner should I get?”
Well, this is what we tell them: it depends.
While some people go by a simple “rule of thumb” approach (looking at their home’s square footage), that isn’t very accurate method. What’s worse, using rules of thumb can cause some costly problems down the road.
Let’s look at why A/C sizing is important and how a technician calculates air conditioner size:
An air conditioner that’s too small won’t be able to cool your home sufficiently, and it will run constantly. This shortens the lifespan of your unit.
On the other hand, an air conditioner that’s too big will short cycle. Short cycling is dangerous because it can…
So, how do you find the right A/C size for your home? You’ll want to hire a professional...
Determining air conditioner size requires complex calculations. But the good news is, you don’t have to perform any of them!
That’s the job of a trained A/C technician. You’ll need to hire a certified professional to perform what’s called a Manual J Heat Load calculation. This calculation takes into account:
Sounds complex, huh? It is, but luckily a trained professional will have the tools and knowledge necessary to crunch the numbers and find the right size air conditioner for your home.
Be wary of any A/C contractors who do not perform a Manual J Heat Load calculation before giving you an estimate. There are many factors to consider so a “rule of thumb” approach won’t accurately find the right size for your home.
For your convenience, you can request an appointment in one of two ways: