Getting the right size window air conditioner for a room is necessary; otherwise, it may not cool the room completely.
- If a unit is too small, it will not cool the room, and a unit will run constantly.
- If a unit is too big for a room, it will quickly cool a room and shut off, which can run up an electrical bill.
Air conditioners use the most power when they startup, which makes an oversized unit use more electricity since it is starting and stopping.
An undersized unit will constantly run and never shut off, which will also run up an electrical bill.
Having the correct window unit for a room will make it start and run for the right amount of time, cooling a room the best possible way.
What Is the Right Size A/C Window Unit for You?
All air conditioners use what is called BTU (British Thermal Units) to measure the amount of cooling power they have.
The square feet a room has is all the information needed to get the right window unit.
To get the BTUs needed, divide the number by .05, which will give the size needed for the room.
For example, the 10 X 15 = 150 square feet.
150 / .05 = 3,000 BTUs
One thing to keep in mind while sizing a unit is other factors such as how well insulated the room is; doors are constantly being opened, how hot does the outside temperature gets, and so on.
Most will find that a slightly bigger unit is needed.
Window Air Conditioner Cooling Capacity Sizing Chart
|AREA SIZE SQ FT||BTU'S NEEDED
|100 to 150 Sq Ft||5,000 BTUs|
|150 to 250 Sq Ft||6,000 BTUs
|250 to 300 Sq Ft||7,000 BTUs
|300 to 350 Sq Ft||8,000 BTUs
|350 to 400 Sq Ft||9,000 BTUs
|400 to 450 Sq Ft||10,000 BTUs
|450 to 550 Sq Ft||12,000 BTUs
|550 to 700 Sq Ft||14,000 BTUs
|700 to 1,000 Sq Ft||18,000 BTUs
|1,000 to 1,200 Sq Ft||21,000 BTUs
Getting the right size window air conditioner for a room can be critical to get the best cooling for the lowest running cost. While on paper, simple math will give a rough idea in the real world, other factors need to be taken into consideration.
For example, a kitchen will need a bigger unit to help dissipate heat or a room that is poorly insulated.
Often it can take a bit of trial and error for most with the above generalization.
When buying a unit keep in mind, the efficiency rating and other factors such as how quiet a unit is also playing a role.
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