September 14, 2022
Large Home in Midlothian, VA

When you’re considering what size air conditioner would be best for your Virginia home, there are many factors to remember. The most obvious one is the square footage of your place. It makes sense that larger air conditioners are required in larger homes. Ceiling height also affect sizing since tall ceilings can increase the overall volume of air that needs to be cooled.

Sizing Air Conditioners

The size of an air conditioner is measured in BTUs. A BTU is a British Thermal Unit. It’s a unit of measurement that was adopted by the industry to describe, in a given hour, how much energy an air conditioner uses to remove heat. For example, a unit with 10,000 BTUs can absorb 10,000 BTUs of heat in 60 minutes. A rule of thumb is that you need 20 BTUs for every square foot of space. Therefore, a 1,000-square-foot home would require an air conditioner with 20,000 BTUs.

Increased Work Load

As you might imagine, sizing an AC is not actually that simple. There are many things that affect how efficient an air conditioner can be, including the quality of insulation, how many windows and doors there are, and ceiling height. If you have a tall ceiling, you’ll want to bump up your estimates. Some homes in our area have extremely high ceilings, and this could make it harder for air conditioners to get their work done. If you get a model that takes your ceiling height into account, though, there should be nothing to be concerned about. For assistance with an installation in the Midlothian region, you can count on Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp..

At Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp., we’ve been proudly serving our community since 1954. Our hard work has earned us an A+ rating with the BBB. In addition to installing and replacing air conditioners, we provide maintenance services and 24/7 emergency services. We also offer those same services for heating units, boilers, heat pumps, and water heaters. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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