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When It Comes To Your Air Conditioner Size Really Does Matter?

Published on March 15th, 2017


Getting a new air conditioner can be a confusing and stressful time for any homeowner. How do you navigate the sea of options? With so many product options on the market, price and performance ratings only go some of the way in guiding your decision. At Blue Frost, we’ve seen many local residents get an air conditioning installation in Winfield, IL that is not suited to their property or usage needs and this leads to a substandard system with higher fuel bills and more frequent repair and running errors. Many are left getting much less than they bargained for, even when they purchased a premium product. To ensure you choose the right air conditioner for you, check out the guide below for why size is one of the most important indicators when you need a new air system.


What Type Of Air Conditioner Is Best For You?

The first thing that one of our technicians will do on assessment for an air conditioner installation in Winfield, IL is ask you a few questions about how often you use your system. For instance, if you live in an older property it may prove cost effective to install room air conditioners rather than a central air system if you don’t have ductwork in your home. This is also good if you don’t often use your AC or find that only certain areas get uncomfortable during the warmer months. Ductless mini splits work in reverse in the winter months to draw moisture from outdoors to help heat your home, giving you consistent home energy savings throughout the year. Larger split systems are also available for central air conditioned homes these are one of the best products on the market in terms of efficiency and total cost. To get the most from this type of air conditioner you need to have an expert technician do the installation to ensure it is calibrated properly.



What Size Do You Need?

This stage of the assessment is where things get a bit technical and many of our customers contacted us after being defeated by the sizing calculations for determining the right air conditioner for their home. All our contractors start by determining the square footage of your rooms if you’re getting ductless mini split systems installed. Now while this in itself isn’t too difficult if you have a square, rectangular or even triangle shaped space, things get a bit more complicated when your home don’t have perfectly symmetrical rooms. If this is the case in your property accurate measurements are taken by dividing the room into more manageable shapes to get the total area. Once your contractor has the totals, he can easily calculate the air conditioner capacity you’ll need to cool the rooms effectively. As a general rule, small rooms need an average of 26 KW per hour, suitable for offices and guest bedrooms. Medium sized spaces need 28-40 KW and open plan spaces such as combined living and dining areas, while bungalows and ranches with larger open layouts may require up to 60-70 KW. To find out what air conditioner size you need to contact Blue Frost for an air conditioning installation in Winfield, IL today on 630-283-6401.


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