What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need for My Home?

May 13, 2021

Summers are hot in Cheyenne, WY, and you’ll need a properly functioning air conditioning system to keep you comfortable and in a pleasant mood while you relax at home. When it’s time to replace an old, failing or inefficient air conditioner, you might wonder what size the new one should be. Air conditioners are sized with British thermal units (BTUs). Follow these steps to determine the right capacity of cooling system for your Cheyenne home. Calculate BTUs Per Square Foot Most Cheyenne-area homes will need 15 to 20 BTUs per square foot of space. For example, if you have a 1,800-square-foot home, plan to purchase an air conditioner with a 30,000 BTU capacity. If the available air conditioners include a 28,000 BTU and a 32,000 BTU system, choose the product with the higher capacity. Consider Your Home’s Unique Features If your home has many large windows, you’ll need an air conditioner with a higher BTU capacity. You’ll also need more BTUs if your home is poorly insulated, receives full direct sunlight, or has more than four people living in it. Ask for a Load Calculation For a precise determination of what size of an air conditioner your home needs, ask...

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