How Do I Know the Right Size AC Unit for My Home

AC Unit Size

Is it time to replace the air conditioning (AC) unit in your Salt Lake City home? How do you choose the right one?

Choosing the correct size is critical. Go with an AC too small, and it will struggle to cover the square footage of your Utah home.

Going with a system too large will waste energy and likely leave some areas of your home cooler than others.

Replacing an incorrectly-sized air conditioner with a model that is the correct size for your home could provide you with an energy savings of 10 percent, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Let our licensed team at Just Right Heating & Cooling help you choose an air conditioning system that is Just Right for your needs! We specialize in heating, cooling, and plumbing services for homes and businesses throughout Salt Lake City, UT, and the surrounding areas.

What You Need to Consider When Selecting Your Air Conditioner

Some of the factors you will need to consider when deciding on your air conditioner’s size and efficiency include:

  • Square footage and layout of your home
    The most important factor is your home’s square footage. Choose an air conditioner capable of cooling your entire home. Otherwise, you will be left feeling uncomfortable.

    The key is to choose an AC system that can cool the square footage and layout of your home. Account for any recent renovations, additions, or garage or attic conversions. If you know you are remodeling your home soon, wait to upgrade your AC or factor in the new square footage and layout you anticipate having when deciding on a new system for your home.
  • Your climate
    Warmer climates will benefit from a more efficient system. All air conditioning systems and heat pumps have a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system.

    Opt for an ENERGY STAR® certified air conditioner with a minimum SEER rating of 14.5. You will benefit from greater efficiency, particularly during the hottest days of the summer.
  • Ceilings and windows
    Tall ceilings could have an impact on your air conditioner and its efficiency. Another factor is the number of windows in your home. Our Just Right specialists will consider all of this when choosing the right AC for your family.
  • Your home’s insulation
    A well-insulated home will keep warm air out of your home and cool air inside. Proper insulation will support optimal air conditioning efficiency and can impact the size of the AC system your home needs.
  • The exterior of your home
    Consider your home’s exterior when selecting a new air conditioner for your home. The color and type of material can have an impact on how cool your home feels inside.

    Heat can be absorbed or reflected, meaning the exterior paint and material of your home can either work for or against you. If it absorbs heat, you may need an air conditioning system capable of combatting the additional warmth.

Let Us Help You Choose the Right AC System for Your Home

You can trust Just Right Heating & Cooling to help you choose the appropriate air conditioning system for your Salt Lake City, UT home. We can answer all of your questions and help you select the best unit for your home so that your comfort is always Just Right! Call us today at (801) 302-1154 or request service online.

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