How to Choose the Perfect Size Air Conditioner for Your Home - J&W Heating and Air

How to Choose the Perfect Size Air Conditioner for Your Home

It is one thing to buy a central air conditioning system and have it installed in your home.  It is an entirely different thing to buy the right air conditioning system.  Bigger is not always better when it comes to air conditioners and central air conditioning systems.  It is about finding the right balance between the size of the system and what it is able to deliver to your home from a cooling perspective that will really help you get to that sweet spot.  Our professionals at J&W Heating and Air are experts at helping you make this determination.  With so many homeowners taking it into their own hands to buy a system out of the gate though, having an understanding of what you are getting involved in can only help you

There are so many different things that you can consider when you are thinking about the size of an air conditioner for your home.  Figuring out the perfect air conditioner size is all about understanding what drives the power of an air conditioning system.  It is also about figuring out how to take the different sizes of systems and the power that they have and figure out what your home actually needs.  No two homes are exactly alike. Even if they are the same size and shape, things like insulation can make them differ in some key ways.  It is pivotal to any purchase of an air conditioning Jacksonville system that you know that the system you are investing in is going to be perfect for your home.

Understanding the Different Types of Sizes

There are a few different types of ways that you can look at an air conditioner from a size perspective.  The most common way that an air conditioning system is looked at though from a size perspective is to look at it in British Thermal Units or BTUs.  Another way is to look at it from the perspective of tons.  If you have a 1-ton air conditioning system then it has the ability to cool 12,000 BTUs.  A 2-ton system is going to be able to 24,000 BTUs.  

In the most simplest sense, a BTU is the amount of energy that is going to be required by the air conditioning system to cool down one single pound of air by a single degree.  Think about something such as a 12,000 BTU system.  That means that the system is going to have the ability to cool down a single pound of air by a single degree every hour that it is functioning.

There are all different types of system sizes.  You could have a 1-ton system or a 5-ton system.  It is not going to be easy at all for you to be able to figure out the size that you need on your own.  The best thing that you can do is to reach out to us at J&W Heating and Air.  Our air conditioning Jacksonville professionals will be able to work with you so that you can end up with the system that is just the right size.

Size Does Matter

Size really does make a big difference when you are talking about air conditioning systems.  In the event that you go with an air conditioning system that is too big, what you may find is that the humidity in your home is just off.  On top of that, the system may cool the home too fast and cause far more cycling of the system on and off, thus wasting energy.  A system that is too small, vice versa, may have to endlessly run and also waste energy, never being able to shut down and cool off for a bit before it has to kick back on.  You want to find the perfect balance so that you can gain the energy efficiency that you are looking for.  This means slowly, but steadily, dropping the temperature of your home to get it to the desired level that you are looking for.
Size is something that you always want to pay attention to when you are a homeowner looking for an air conditioning system.  When you pay attention to size you are going to be more likely to end up with a system that is more effective and efficient at cooling your home, thus delivering in its core function.

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Stacy Russell
Stacy Russell
15:10 02 Jun 20
I will be recommending J&W to my friends and family. They were very professional and on time. Did a very well job in... a quality manner. Dustin, Mark, and Robert. Worked very well together and was in and out with no cleanup for me to do. Thanks so much for getting my home back to a cool environment.read more
Phillip Wallace
Phillip Wallace
13:46 27 May 20
Just had an entirely new, full HVAC install done at our old house in Riverside, which was a fairly big job. Brian and... Will did the installation, and were awesome. There was going to be issues leveling the air handler in the attic, so they moved it to a new spot and hung it instead, getting new parts/changing the plan on the fly. We're much happier with this new setup and location of the air handler. I really appreciated this, their professionalism/thoroughness, and flexibility. Brian and Will worked super-hard, and double-checked everything once the job was done. Would use this company again.read more
Louis Kincheloe
Louis Kincheloe
21:18 01 May 20
Two installers here early this morning. Worked all day. Very professional, extremely well mannered and quick to answer... all my questions. They are Dustin and Robert. Both men went above just installing my new unit, they were personable and knowledgeable in what they were doing. I was surprised when I found out these two hadn't been working that long together. They worked extremely well together. I highly recommend this two men.read more
Shirley Davis-So Brooks
Shirley Davis-So Brooks
18:10 01 Jun 18
Very pleased with installation of York A/C Heating unit. Jason Bottoms and Jason Flatearth were professional, ... arrived on time and completed the job in a timely manner. The unit looks great. They upgraded and repaired everything that needed it. Great Job.read more
James Ponciano
James Ponciano
22:46 03 May 18
A snake crawled into my outdoor condenser and stopped my 16 year old Trane last week on Thursday. The power surge took... out my blower unit circuit board and the motor. I called J&W and Rob was over within two hours of my call. I was spec'd a new York 17 seer system and it was up and running on Monday. Technicians Jason and Brian arrived promptly and every facet of the installation was thorough. When completed, I would not of even known they were there except they left my garage cleaner! Thanks J&W!read more
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